Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amazing marriage facts.

Post 532 - Just in case you have to make idle conversation to the other guests at Chelsea Clinton's wedding reception this weekend, this should help you prepare ...

Californian Glynn "Scotty" Wolfe is the world's most married man. He wed 29 times and had 41 children.

Linda Essex, from Indiana, holds the record for the most monogamous marriages by a woman – 23.

Two couples share the record for the world's longest marriage – 86 years. They are Sir Temulji Bhicaji Nariman and Lady Nariman from India and Lazarus Rowe and Molly Webber from the U.S.

The oldest couple to wed were Francois Frenandez, 96, and Madeleine Francineau, 94, in 2002.

In the largest underwater wedding 105 guests wore scuba gear to see Toni Wilson and John Santino marry in 2003 in the Virgin Islands.

The world's largest wedding cake was made in Connecticut and weighed 15,032lb.

Queen Victoria's wedding cake was more than nine feet in circumference. A second tier rose from this "plateau," supported by two pedestals. On the second tier was a sculpture of the mythical heroine Britannia gazing upon the royal pair frozen at the moment of their exchanging vows. At their feet were two turtle doves (symbolizing purity and innocence) and a dog (representing faithful attachment). Completing the scene were various sculpted Cupids, one of them writing the date of the wedding with a stylus on a tablet.

The tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

The practice of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in 1477 when Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, gave Mary of Burgandy a diamond ring as an engagement present.

Eighty-five percent of Canadian brides receive a diamond engagement ring today, giving Canada the highest diamond engagement ring acquisition rate in the world.

Seventy-four percent of American brides receive a diamond engagement ring. Of those, sixty percent are involved in picking out their ring, while three percent actually pick it themselves.

Alabama marriage statistics quote the oldest groom in the state as 94 and the oldest bride as 88. The youngest age for bride and groom is recorded as 13.

Thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride, is an old charm that can be broken by being a bridesmaid seven times.

According to English folklore, Saturday, the most popular American choice, is the unluckiest day to marry!

In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.

The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!

I'm told the average wedding costs $18,874 with 186 guests. However, weddings in America comprise a $25.3 Billion dollar industry.

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