When it comes to planning a wedding, people have to worry not only about food, .
flowers, and what they wear, they also have to honor many traditions, even if they don't .
understand their origins or meanings. However, to not follow these traditions, .
understood or not, might mean bad luck for the marriage or, at the very least, disgruntled .
Every culture cherishes its own marriage traditions and superstitions. Many are .
not understood but are still seriously followed because "it's always been done that way” .
(Kendrick). Even people not normally superstitious wouldn't think of violating these .
Many traditions originated from old rhymes, folktales or tribal traditions whose .
origins are lost in time. For example, one of the original meanings of the word .
"wedding” was to gamble or wager. This comes from the time when a bride price was .
required before marriage. This bride price could include land, social status, political .
alliances or money. Thus, the "Anglo-Saxon word 'wedd' meant that the groom would .
vow to marry the woman, but it also referred to the bride price (money or barter) to be .
paid by the groom to the bride's father” (Kendrick).
There are equally surprising origins for such traditions as the ring finger, wedding .
ring, engagement ring (and its diamond), and wedding cake. For example, the finger .
used as the ring finger differs from culture to culture. In Greece during the third century .
the index finger was used. In India they used the thumb. The "modern” ring finger .
started being used in the fourth century when the Greeks originated the belief that the .
third finger was connected to the heart by the "vena amoris,” or the vein of love. .
Use of a wedding ring can be traced back to Roman times, and even back then it .
was made of gold. Roman rings were often decorated with a carving of two hands to .
symbolize two people journeying through life together as one.