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MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It A “Honeymoon”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It A “Honeymoon”?

A honeymoon is the best part of any wedding. Heck, it’s the best part of any marriage. But where did the term “honeymoon” first come from? The word comes from the Old English “hony moone.” Honey refers to the “indefinite period of tenderness & pleasure experienced by a newly-wed couple,” and how sweet the new…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Say We Get “Cold Feet”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Say We Get “Cold Feet”?

No one likes cold feet. Especially a husband whose wife brings her ice-cold tootsies into a warm bed. But, what about figurative “cold feet”, like when someone in a business deal pulls out at the last minute? Or, what about the situation where we hear the phrase most often: wedding nuptials? Why is a groom…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Happens If Someone Objects At A Wedding?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Happens If Someone Objects At A Wedding?

It’s a well-known rom-com movie trope: at the wedding of a woman who’s loved by someone else besides just the groom, the minister utters those fateful words “speak now or forever hold your peace”, and…out comes an objection. Think “The Graduate”, “Four Weddings & A Funeral”, even “Shrek”. Usually, this steers the plot toward a…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why A Bride Carries A Bouquet

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why A Bride Carries A Bouquet

Bridal bouquets aren’t really required for wedding ceremonies, but imagine how odd it would seem for a bride to walk down the aisle empty-handed. Where did this tradition come from? It’s been suggested that wedding flowers were originally used to mask body odor, back before regular bathing became the norm, but that’s actually a misconception.…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why A Wedding Ring Is Worn On The Left Hand

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why A Wedding Ring Is Worn On The Left Hand

We’ve discovered why grooms stand on the right at a wedding, so now let’s show some love to the left: why do we wear wedding rings on our left hand? Writing with your left hand during the medieval period could get you accused of being possessed. The Spanish Inquisition tortured & killed more lefties than…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Grooms Stand On The Right At A Wedding

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Grooms Stand On The Right At A Wedding

A lot of our wedding traditions don’t really have the best of origins: brides originally wore veils to safeguard against the groom changing his mind in case he didn’t happen to like her face; and, the garter toss harkens back to the days when guests helped disrobe brides shortly after vows were exchanged. Yikes! And,…Read More