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Sweeping the chimney
Back in King George II’s day, one of his carriage horses bolted and the only person able to stop it was a chimney sweep. It was then considered lucky to weep a chimney on your way to church. No word on how you remove soot from a white dress…
Tapping the shoe
This one was clearly thought up before feminism was even a thing. Shoes used to symbolise authority and possession, so the bride’s father would hand over one of her shoes to the groom, who then tapped her on the head (not hard we hope), to symbolise his role as her new, wait for it, master. We’re glad this one didn’t stick.
Tossing the garter
Before tossing the bouquet was a thing, it was custom to toss the garter to the male guests, however because they sometimes grew a tad impatient and tried to take it off, it was replaced by a bridal bouquet to be caught by the better-behaved female guests.
In a similar vein to the shoe tradition, a wooden spoon was given to brides so they could be taught how to cook the best meals for their husbands.
In Ancient Rome, people studied pig entrails to determine which day of the week was the luckiest to get married. Lovely.
According to Greek culture, brides slipped a sugar cube in their gloves to sweeten their union.
Legend had it that if single ladies slept with a slice of the wedding cake under their pillows, they would dream of their future husbands. Just think of the mess!
Tying the knot
In many cultures, the hands of the bride and groom were tied together (hence tying the knot) to celebrate the marriage. Ouch.