The Father of the Bride

Facts & Trivia

Weird Wedding Facts & Trivia

Elton John was on to a 'nice little earner' when he was paid £2 million to sing at the wedding of multi-millionaire Peter and Pauline Shalson.

According to a poll by couples with kids argue 11 times a day compared with just 7 times a day for childless couples.

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In 2006 a Sudanese man caught having sex with his neighbour's goat was forced to marry it and pay a dowry to its former owner.

Beware of the bubbly! Statistically more people are killed each year by champagne corks than poisonous spiders.

Worried about the spiralling cost of the wedding and the impending call from your bank manager inviting you in for a “little chat”? Well it could be worse. The most expensive marriage recorded was that of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. Not wanting to be outdone by a certain Charles and Diana who wed that year the Dubai wedding cost over £22 million and included a purpose-built stadium.

In ancient Egypt men preferred not to deflower their brides personally preferring to have a servant perform that duty on their behalf.

In Korea after the wedding ceremony, friends of the groom take off his socks, tie a rope around the ankles, and beat soles of his feet with dried yellow corvine (a type of fish). It is done to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night. Have they not heard of Viagra?

In Portugal the bride’s shoes are passed round during the reception which the guest fill with money. Strangely not many Portuguese brides have taken to wearing bridal wellies.

A German wedding tradition involves shattering a large number of dishes before the wedding and having the bride and groom clean it up. It is believed that cleaning up the mess will help prepare the couple for married life.

The word "wed" is derived from the ancient Greek word for "pledge."

In Ireland during the reception, when the couple is dancing, the bride’s feet must remain on the floor. According to Guinness fuelled folklore fairies love beautiful things and their favourite beautiful thing is a bride. If the bride was to have even one foot off the ground, then she could be grabbed by the fairies (sounds painful!).

It’s also considered bad luck to wear green at an Irish wedding or for a bride or the groom to sing at their own wedding. Sadly that doesn’t stop a tone deaf uncle from giving everyone his heartfelt, glass shattering version of Danny Boy.

The marriage of Wills & Kate was the highest viewed TV event in history. An estimated a 2 billion people around the world (that's nearly 1 out of every 3 residents of the entire planet!) tuned in to watch William Windsor, marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey and then kiss her right on the balcony!

Slightly worried about the growing guest list you’re going to have to buy dinner for? Well Jewish wedding in Jerusalem in 1993 was attended by 30,000 people.

In Germany during the run up to the big day the friends and family create a wedding newspaper filled with pictures, stories and anecdotes about the engaged couple which is sold at the reception to help fund the honeymoon.

The youngest recorded marriage was between an eleven month old boy and a three month old girl in Bangladesh in 1986. The marriage was arranged in order to settle a twenty year feud between the families over a disputed piece of farmland.