Gonna get married? Well, you may indeed be going to get married but not necessarily to the chapel to get hitched. The summer months, especially June, have always been popular for weddings but boy...girl, LOL, has the traditional marriage ceremony ever changed over the years. Fathers used to give away the bride, literally and I mean, in exchange for something else. (That wasn't very romantic, was it? LOL.) Today, I thought it might be fun to get a load of the many ways in which the wedding ceremony has evolved over the years.
In the 13th century, the Catholic Church declared that a wedding must be officiated by a priest.
Back in the 13th century, the Catholic Church declared that a wedding must be officiated by a priest. Before then, marriage really was often a contractual agreement between the groom and the bride's father and it usually included the exchange of land or money. Boy, now there's a whole new meaning for prenupturial agreement, right? LOL.
By 1840, white gowns were a must-have for Britain's Queen Victoria. Previously, the royals donned fancy garments of ermine, purple velvet and gold thread. Ooh-la-la! Later, Princess Victoria, the Queen's daughter, started her own wedding trend, theme music. She walked down the aisle after her nuptials to Mendelssohn's Wedding March.
In 1933, thanks to its same-day wedding-license policy, Las Vegas became kind of like the Marriage Capital of the World. One minister even opened a chapel for those lovebirds looking to elope. Hey, I only hope those who got married in Vegas, stayed married, even if they didn't stay in Vegas! LOL.
During World War II, soldiers fighting overseas wore wedding bands as a reminder of the new loving wives they left on the homefront.
In the World War II years of the mid-40s, soldiers fighting overseas wore wedding bands as a reminder of the new loving wives they left on the home front. Now that's romantic!
Then in the 1980s, after the storybook wedding of Diana to Prince Charles, many people started thinking bigger for their own wedding ceremonies. Bridal magazines and actual wedding marketers got into the act and weddings became super-big business.
Here in the 21st century, social media has ushered in even more new ways to share the love, including choreographed dances broadcast on YouTube, oh my. But hold it, things keep on a-changing. Besides the fact that men can now marry men and women, women, the whole idea of getting married has changed. And about that chapel? 37% of couples now opt to be married by a friend rather than a priest or other religious official.
Boy, when it comes to getting married, things sure have changed. Are you or someone you know going to be getting married soon? CONGRATULATIONS. My only hope is the one thing that never changes is that the love those couples have for each other on their wedding days, will be a love that lasts...a lifetime!