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Bouquet
For ancient Greeks and Romans, the bouquet was a pungent mix of garlic and herbs or grains. The garlic was supposed to ward off evil spirits and the herbs or grains were to insure a fruitful union. In ancient Poland, it was believed that sprinkling sugar on the bride's bouquet kept her temper sweet.

 

Cake
The wedding cake has always played an important part in the wedding. Ancient Romans broke a cake over the bride's head to symbolize fertility or abundance. Many other cultures dropped wheat, flour or cake on the bride's head, and then ate the crumbs for good luck. The early British baked baskets of dry crackers, and every guest took one home after the wedding. In medieval times, guests brought small cakes and piled them on a table. The bride and groom then attempted to kiss over the cakes. Eventually, a young baker decided to put all the cakes together and cover them with frosting, thus the tiered wedding cake was born.

Dress
Traditionally, brides did not wear white wedding gowns. Through the 18th century, most brides just wore their Sunday best to their wedding. Red was a favorite during the Middle Ages in Europe. Other colors were worn for symbolic reasons: blue meant constancy and green meant youth. As years passed, white was worn as a symbol of purity. Today, white merely symbolizes the wedding and is worn by any bride, no matter if it is their second marriage.


Honeymoon
The first weddings comprised of a groom taking his bride by capture. He would take her somewhere hidden away so her
relatives and villagers couldn't find them. There they stayed for one moon phase and drank mead, a wine make from honey, to make them more amorous. Thus, the word "honeymoon" was born. Today, the honeymoon is the time when the couple can get away for awhile.

Kiss
The first kiss a bride and groom share at the close of the ceremony has carried special significance through the centuries.
Many cultures believed that the couple exchanged spirits with their breath and part of their souls were exchanged as well.


Ring
The wedding ring has traditionally been worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. The third finger of the left hand has become the customary wedding-ring finger for all
English-speaking cultures.


Throwing Rice
One of the oldest wedding traditions, the custom of throwing rice, originated with the ancient Hindus and Chinese. In these cultures, rice is the symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. Tossing it after the ceremony was believed to bestow fertility upon the bride and groom. Eating rice and other grains was thought to guarantee health, wealth and happiness for the newlyweds. Today, rice tossing is being replaced by the more ecologically friendly birdseed tossing, because uncooked rice is damaging to birds who eat it off the church lawn.


Veil
Mystique and romance has surrounded the veil for more than one thousand years. Originally, the veil is thought to have been used to hide the bride from abductors, just as the similar dress of her bridesmaids was meant to do. But a more romantic interpretation evolved later which believed that concealment (as the bride's face beneath a veil) rendered what was hidden more valuable. Another early interpretation of the veil was that it symbolized youth and virginity.

2006 WEDDING & HONEYMOON FACTS

Average Honeymoon Cost $ 3, 471.00 - 7 Nights

Top # Honeymoon Destinations

  • Caribbean 31%

  • Hawaii 15%

  • Mexico 15%

Interesting Wedding & Honeymoon Facts

  • 19 % of all Engagements occur in December.
  • Destination Weddings Now Account for 15% of all weddings & are growing rapidly.
  • Average # of Guests for Destination Weddings = 56
  • Average Age for New Brides 27 & 29 for Grooms
  • 90 % Have Some College
  • 35% of Destination Weddings are Beach Weddings
  • 21% are Cruise Ship Weddings and Growing the Fastest
  • Most Secluded & Romantic Honeymoon Destinations - Tahiti & Fiji
  • # 1 Romantic Honeymoon - Tahiti - Bora Bora Hotel - Over The Water Bungalow
  • Most Secluded Romantic Resort - Valtulele Fiji- Only 18 rooms
  • Top Romantic Caribbean Islands - Antigua, St John, St Lucia, Belize
  • Top Adventure Caribbean Honeymoon - Costa Rica 
  • Best Diving Honeymoon - Belize & Turks & Cacios
  • Best Island Honeymoon Value - Cancun Mexico
  • Top Cruise Ship Private Island - Half Moon Cay Bahamas - Holland America

More Wedding Statistics

ENGAGEMENT STATISTICS
  • The average American engagement is 16 months.
  • During the engagement period, couples buy:
    • $4 billion in furniture
    • $3 billion in house wares
    • $400 million in tableware
  • June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May
  • Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
  • The Wedding Industry is a 50 billion dollar a year industry
  • Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it's 27.5
  • 175 guests are invited to an average wedding
  • One third of engaged couples retain a Wedding Consultant
  • An average honeymoon vacation is one week
  • The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year
  • Couples are waiting longer to get married
  • Tuxedoes are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown
  • Median age for remarriage is 34 for women and 37 for men
  • Bridesmaids' gowns are general purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event
  • Average size of wedding party: 12
  • Most brides (30%) plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
  • Most (about 75%) first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring (67% of repeat brides).
  • About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
  • 35% of weddings occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter.
  • 11% of winter weddings are Christmas weddings

COST STATISTICS

  • $22,000 is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
  • A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
  • $19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
  • The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800
  • David's Bridal accounts for 20% of all bridal-gown sales, and that percentage is increasing
  • The average ring costs $2,000

TOP WEDDING DESTINATIONS:

  • Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year)
  • Hawaii (25,000 wedding/year)
  • Bahamas (5,000 weddings/year)
  • Jamaica (5,000 weddings/year)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (4,000 weddings/year)

OTHER WEDDING STATISTICS

  • 80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
  • Four out of five brides are employed.
  • There is a 43% chance of a marriage ending in divorce.
  • 35% of Brides and Grooms have a valid passport.
  • Percentage of couples living together before marriage: 64%
  • Percentage of engaged couples who’ve known each other longer than 3 years: 69%
  • 166,000: Wedding ceremonies performed annually in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Percentage of brides who say they’ll be changing their surnames: 60%
  • 93,750: Approximate cost, in dollars, of an average Japanese wedding
  • 150,000: Wedding ceremonies conducted in Canada in 2002
  • 53% of weddings occur in the afternoon; 31% in the evening; 16% in the morning.
  • 30% of receptions are held in churches; 20% in hotels; 20% in country clubs; and 10% each in fraternal halls, private homes, and other locations.
  • 38% of weddings have a buffet; 34% have a sit-down dinner; 28% serve only cake and punch.
  • 62% of weddings have a flower girl.
  • 56% have a ring bearer.
  • Brides 18 to 39 receive 85% of all wedding cards.
  • More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.
  • 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.

MARRIAGES BY MONTH

  • January 4.7%
  • February 7.0%
  • March 6.1%
  • April 7.4%
  • May 9.8%
  • June 10.8%
  • July 9.7%
  • August 10.2%
  • September 9.6%
  • October 9.4%
  • November 7.4%
  • December 7.8%

WEDDING COSTS BY CATEGORY*

  • Reception 28.3%
  • Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
  • Wedding Rings 11.5%
  • Photography/Video 6.6%
  • Bridal Gown 6.1%
  • Music 5.2%
  • Flowers 4.6%
  • Bridal attendants' apparel 4.5%
  • Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
  • Men's formal wear 3.2%
  • Invitations 2.8%
  • Attendants' gifts 2.1%
  • Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
  • Bride's veil 1.6%
  • Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
  • Limousine 0.9%
  • Groom's attire 0.8%
    Source: Association of Bridal Consultants*

HONEYMOON STATISTICS

  • Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
  • Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That's three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
  • The length of an average honeymoon is seven days.
  • 45 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 55 percent are foreign.
  • The Honeymoon Industry is a 12 billion dollar a year industry.

Most Popular Honeymoon Activities:

  • Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
  • Beaches and lakes - 45%
  • Casinos - 20%
  • Cruises - 15%
  • Golf/sports vacations - 10%
  • Skiing trips - 5%

Destinations that are most frequently chosen

  • Aruba 8%
  • Bahamas 20.2%
  • Bermuda 3.1%
  • British Virgin Islands 7%
  • Caribbean 34%
  • Caribbean Islands 6.3%
  • The Cayman Islands 10.5%
  • Europe 4%
  • Hawaii 33%
  • Jamaica 17.1%
  • Mexico 7%
  • Puerto Rico 3.8%
  • St. Marten 5.6%
  • US Virgin Islands 7%

Places To Stay While On The Honeymoon

  • 46.1% Hotel/Motel
  • 35.2% Resort
  • 20.1% Boat/Ship
  • 8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
  • 8.9% Other

Transportation Used for Honeymoon

  • 76.2% Airplane
  • 60% Rent Car
  • 16.4% Their Own Car
  • 27% Boat/Ship
  • 2.7% Railroad

SOURCES

  • Association of Bridal Consultants
  • Condé Nast Bridal Group
  • Mediapost.com National Bridal Service
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • Greeting Card Association
  • National Association of Wedding Ministers

 

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