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1.  Engagements average how long?
(a) 2 Months
(b) 6 Months
(c)  1 Year

2. How many brides actually marry the first man they fall in love with?
(a) 75%
(b) 50%
(c) 40%

3. On the average, how many American brides will say "I do" in a year?
(a) 5 Million
(b) 2.4 Million
(c) 1.5 Million

4.  Each year, how many people will apply for a marriage license, but never use it?
(a) 9,000
(b) 12,000
(c) 15,000

5.  The average person will fall in love how many times before they actually get married?
(a) 3
(b) 7
(c) 10 or more

6. Back in the old days, a single man living in Jamestown, VA would trade what to get himself a wife?
(a) 120 British Pounds
(b) 120 Pounds of Tobacco
(c)  A Horse that was at least 120 days old.

7. A Tennessee man applied for a marriage license. It got rejected because he wanted to marry his:
(a) 1966 Mustang
(b) His hunting dog
(c) His horse

8. " I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that, they just throw up." --- Who said this?
(a) Barbara Bush
(b) Mammie Eisenhower
(c) Jackie Kennedy (Onasis)

9.  As a symbol of rebellion, during the American Revolution brides chose to wear wedding dresses in what color?
(a) Navy
(b) Red
(c) Grey

10. Proposals come in all manners.  Men can be very creative. But, how many men still propose the old-fashioned way on their knees?
(a) 50%
(b) 35%
(c) 20%

11. In a Greek wedding, the best man's responsibility is what?
(a) Pay for all the liquor at the wedding
(b) Pay for all the tuxedos the groomsmen wear
(c) Pay for the marriage license

12.  Today, the average US bride is how old?
(a) 18.5 years old
(b) 24.5 years old
(c)  29.5 years old

13.  The first toast at a wedding should be to whom?
(a) The Bride
(b) The Groom
(c)  The Parents

14. Many brides are marrying for the second time (or more). If this is not the bride's first wedding, then what is she NOT suppose to do?
(a) Wear white
(b) Wear a veil
(c) Wear something blue

15. June has traditionally been called "The Marriage Month" during the Middle Ages. Why?
(a) People were clean from their annual May baths
(b) It was considered lucky to marry on the first full Moon of summer
(c) To honor Junus, the God of Marriage

16. Traditionally, rice was thrown after the ceremony for what reason?
(a) As a symbol of showering of blessing
(b) As a symbol of fertility
(c) As a warding off of any evil spirits around the couple

17. After weddings, many couples and their friends go around honking their horns. What is this custom based on?
(a) Tradition has it, to make loud noises to scare away any evil spirits.
(b) To wish the couple prosperity (as in horn of plenty)
(c) To announce the marriage in towns where they had no church bells

18.  The average cost of a  US wedding (as of 2000) is what?
(a) $14,000
(b) $24,500
(c) $28,000

19. If the most popular month to get married is June, then when is the most popular month to get engaged?
(a) December
(b) January
(c) February


20. Las Vegas is called, "The Marriage Capitol of The World." So, how many marriage licenses are issued there annually?
(a) 100,000
(b) 500,000
(c) 1,000,000

21. In France, they don't throw rice. Instead they throw what?
(a) Dried Peas
(b) Dried Grapes
(c) Wheat

22. The phrase "Tie the Knot" comes from a Roman tradition of what?
(a) The bride's girdle had so many knots for the groom to undo before (you know )
(b) The Bride had her feet tied so she couldn't run off until after the ceremony was over.
(c) The Bride was tied to her father. Once presented to the groom, he had to untie them to begin the ceremony.

23. In the movie, "The King and I" the King had many children and many wives. The real King of Siam is said to have really had how many wives?
(a) 3,000
(b) 7,000
(c) 9,000

24.  "Get Me To The Church On Time" is a song from what musical?
(a) My Fair Lady
(b) Dolly
(c) Kiss Me Kate

25.  The average 3-tier wedding cake will serve how many people?
(a) 126
(b) 142
(c) 153

26.  How old is the average groom in the USA?
(a) 25.5 yrs. old
(b) 26.5 yrs. old
(c) 29.5 yrs. old

27.  In the ancient times, at an Aztec wedding, the bride's mother gave what to the groom?
(a) A loin cloth
(b) A bundle of fertility herbs
(c) A receipt of ownership

28. The word "bride" means what in old English?
(a) Cook
(b) Virgin
(c) Fresh

29. The song, "Here Comes The Bride" is really from what musical source?
(a) A bar song
(b) An opera
(c) A music box tune

30. "To ask for her hand in marriage" comes from what custom?
(a) When you give a bride a ring, you sort of need a hand to put it on.
(b) When women wore gloves and men didn't see the hands of single girls publicly
(c) When holding hands in public was a no-no for singles, unless betrothed.

31. What is a hope chest?
(a) A chest filled with linens, towels, sheets, usually all hand-embroidered years by the girl before marriage.
(b) A chest filled with herbs for fertility
(c)  Not really a chest. Just a reference to a woman's heart (chest) filled with longing for a man.

32. The bridal shower originated from what custom?
(a) Before a wedding, all the women of the town would help make a quilt for the new bride.
(b) A woman's father refused to giver her a dowry, so the people of the town collected items and created one for her so she'd have one.
(c) The custom of watering down a bride (to make her pure) before the wedding and then giving her new clothes.

33.  After the ceremony, the bride and groom kiss due to what Roman belief? 
(a) Romans kissed each other on the cheeks all the time as a way of sealing a contract.
(b) Romans believed that the couple exchanged part of their souls during the kiss.
(c) Both

34. During the 1920's most couples got married on which day of the week?
(a) Sunday
(b) Wednesday
(c) Friday

35. Flower girls represent what?
(a) Fertility
(b) Innocence
(c) Future Children in the marriage

36.  Before the 1900's bridesmaids did not have a different dress from the bride. Instead they looked alike. Why?
(a) Financial reasons.  It was cheaper to buy all the same material for all the woman.
(b) They were to distract evil spirits away from the bride and confuse them.
(c)  Brides were often stolen by rival tribes. If the girls all looked alike, the bridesmaids be kidnapped and not the bride.  It was a form of camouflage. 

37. "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Now, if the old represents her past; the new represents her future; the blue is for faithfulness. Then what does the "something borrowed" represent?
(a) To never be in debt because she's already borrowed something for her wedding and will then return it.
(b) To be happy, because it's given to her by a happily married woman.
(c) To be indebted to her husband and the marriage.

38. The custom of groomsmen was developed for helping protect the bride from being stolen during the wedding. The original groomsmen were swordsmen, with the best man, the best swordsman of all. This custom originated in which country?
(a) Scotland
(b) England
(c)  France

39,  The Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada is famous for what?
(a) Marrying more couples than any other place in the USA
(b) Having a drive-up marriage window
(c) Being the cheapest place to get married in Nevada

40. Which of the following is NOT a type of bridal bouquet?
(a) Tussy-Mussy
(b) Pomander
(c) Hand-tied
(d) All of them are bouquets

41. An old English custom was to have guests invade the newlywed's bedroom on their wedding night. The single girls would throw the groom's stockings (lying on the floor?) at the groom towards his head.  If they hit him, then they'd be married within the year.  This custom later grew into what custom today?

(a) Tossing the bridal bouquet
(b) Tossing the garter
(c) Bride smashing cake in the grooms face

42. The custom of carrying the bride over the threshold originated from what old belief?
(a) That evil spirits lurked in doorways. So the groom protects her by carrying her over the it.
(b) If a woman tripped entering her new home, it was considered bad luck. To prevent this, the groom carried the bride over. (Not sure what happens if he trips!)
(c) Both

43. The longest engagement on record is how long?
(a) 65 yrs.
(b) 67 yrs.
(c) 77 yrs.

44. The custom of tying old shoes to the back of the newlywed's car originates from what old belief?
(a) That the shoes would chase away (or step on) any evil spirits following the couple
(b) The shoes were a phallic symbol 
(c)  Both

45.  Old custom says that if a bride see what before she gets married that it's good luck?
(a) Spider
(b) Toad
(c)  Rainbow
(d) All of these

46. Many African couples jump over a broom during their wedding ceremony. What does the broom symbolize?
(a) A house
(b) A sweeping away of the past
(c)  To sweep evil spirits away from the couple

47. In a Quaker wedding, who officiates the ceremony?
(a) The entire congregation does.
(b) The father of the bride
(c) The father of the groom

48. In Jewish wedding ceremonies, the husband will step on a glass (wrapped in cloth) to symbolize what?
(a) The breaking of the past
(b) The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem
(c)  The memory of Kristallnacht

49, In colonial New England, who married couples?
(a) The Clergy
(b) The Justice of the Peace
(c) The Mayor

50. If a bride wears gloves for her wedding, when does she have to take them off?
(a) In the receiving line
(b) When Eating or Drinking
(c)  While cutting the cake
(d) All of the above

51. In today's modern world, it is now considered acceptable to send what via a computer?
(a) Your invitations
(b) Your Thank-you notes
(c)  Nothing!  Everything should be hand-written and sent out via the US Mail still.

52.  When sending out invitations, at what age do you send separate invites to children?
(a) 18 yrs. or older
(b) 16 yrs. or older
(c) 10 yrs. or older

53.  Years ago what was considered in bad taste to put on your mailed wedding invitations that we put on them today?
(a) A return address on the outside
(b) A stamp on the RSVP envelope
(c)  Names of both parents, even though they're divorced

54. The bride's family sits where during the ceremony?
(a) Right side of aisle
(b) Left side of aisle
(c) Doesn't matter which side. They just sit up front.

55. Right before the wedding ceremony begins, who is the last person to be seated?
(a) The Bride's Mother
(b) The Groom's Mother
(c) The  eldest member of the guests, regardless of which side he/she is on.

56. Which of the following is the proper order for the receiving line?
(a) Bride's mother, Groom's mother, Bride, Groom, Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids
(b) Bride's mother, Groom's mother, Bride's father, Groom's father, Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen
(c) Bride, Groom, Bride's mother, Groom's mother, Maid of Honor, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen

57. The bride is suppose to throw her bouquet when?
(a) Right before they leave the reception to go on their honeymoon.
(b) Right after cutting the cake
(c) Right after they have their first dance

58. Which of the following famous female dress designers launched a bridal boutique in 1990 at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC that revolutionized the look of bridal gowns to come?
(a) Vera Wang
(b) Diane Vonfurstenberg
(c) Donna Karan

59. A chapel length veil is how long?
(a) 10 feet long or more
(b) 6.5 feet to 7.5 feet
(c) 3.5 feet to 4.5 feet

60. If a bride is going to wear a "blusher" she is wearing what?
(a) Going to put some blush on her cheeks so she won't look so pale in pictures
(b) Going to put a little veil over her face
(c) Going to wear some sexy underwear that will make the groom blush later

61. Before getting married, it is recommended that you do what to your shoes?
(a) Wear them a week before getting married to stretch them out and make them more comfy so you don't get sore feet on your wedding day.
(b) Put a sixpence in your shoe for luck
(c) Scrub the bottoms with sandpaper so they won't be slippery.

62. Because of war rationing, brides during the 1940's made wedding gowns out of what material?
(a) Parachute Nylon
(b) White Cotton Sheets
(c) Linen Tablecloths

63. The world's largest bridal store is located in which city?
(a) New York
(b) Rome
(c) Paris

64. The average wedding gown in the USA costs how much?
(a) $10,000
(b) $7,000
(c) $1,000

65.  Some wedding invitations have tissue paper on top of the card. Why?
(a) In past times, tissue paper was very expensive and to show how fancy the wedding will be they included a piece of that paper with the invitation.
(b) In past times, they included rose-scented tissue paper as a symbol of the smell of the couple's romantic love.
(c) In the past, it was to block the ink so it wouldn't smear and people could read the invitations.

66. When should you send out your wedding invitations?
(a) 12 weeks before the wedding
(b) 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding
(c) No later than 1 month before the wedding

67.  Wedding invitations usually come with two envelopes: One inner and one outer with the mailing address.  Why is this?
(a) In the past, invitations were often hand-delivered. The outer envelope often got dirty and tossed out, keeping a clean invite for the person invited.
(b) In the past, invitations were often hand-delivered and to prevent snooping, they put them in double envelopes
(c) In the past, invitations were often hand addressed by the bride with the names, but then the outside mailing envelope was addressed by her friends or servants.

68. Wedding rings are worn on the left hand, on the 3rd finger. Why?
(a) Because most people are right-handed and so this prevented rings from getting damaged less during activity.
(b) Because the custom was for men to walk on the right side of women (as protectors against such things as mud splashes from street cars etc.). So, the woman needed to use her right arm to circle his left arm. If a ring was on the right hand, it would snag his clothing.
(c) Because the belief was that there was a vein that ran down that finger directly to the heart. Therefore it symbolized heartfelt love and devotion.

69. Today, many women have an engagement ring, and a wedding band. So which goes on first?
(a) The wedding band goes on first.
(b) The ring with the stones goes on first, then the band.
(c) It doesn't matter. Whichever fits best on the bride's finger.

70. Men wearing wedding rings became a custom in the US when?
(a) When gold was discovered and more men started wearing jewelry.
(b) When the Civil War started and men wanted something of home on them.
(c) When WWII was going on and men wanted a remembrance of their wives left behind and a connection symbol.

71. The Romans didn't wear their wedding rings on the finger we do today. Where did they wear them?
(a) On their index finger
(b) On their thumbs
(c) On the center finger

 

72. How many month's salary should a man spend on an engagement ring?
(a) 6 months
(b) 4 months
(c) 2 months

73. In Greece, brides write the names of their single friends on the bottom of their wedding shoes. Why?
(a) It is believed that the name that's worn off by the end of the night is the one next to be married.
(b) It is a symbol of the support of her friends as she stands before God and marries.
(c) Both

74. Chinese consider this to be the best time to marry?
(a) The first rice harvest of the year
(b) The first new moon of the year
(c) The first rain of the new year

 

75. In Russia, during the 19th century, what did the bride and groom exchange before their wedding day?
(a) Each other's diaries!
(b) Each other's toothbrushes
(c) Each other's socks

76. In Ireland, many brides sew a little horseshoe in their gowns. How is it sewn?
(a) Right side up
(b) Upside down
(c) Facing right so it will face the groom during the ceremony

77. The largest wedding ceremony was performed by Reverend Sun Myang Moon in 1995.  How many people did he marry at once?
(a) 25,000
(b) 30,000
(c) 35,000

78. The most expensive wedding was by Mohammed, son of Sheik Rashid Ben Saeed Al Maktoum to princess Salama of the United Arab Emirates in 1981. How much did it cost?
(a) $27 Million
(b) $44 Million
(c) $51 Million

79. In 1986 when model Elle Macpherson married she had a wedding gown designed by Azzedine Alaia.  When the ceremony was over, what did the gown turn into?
(a) A white bikini
(b) A white mini dress
(c) A white nightgown

80. Which of the following Presidents married in the White House?
(a) John Tyler
(b) William Taft
(c) Grover Cleveland

81. Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" is the most popular song when brides walk down the aisle. Which of the following British Royalty made this song popular because she used it for her wedding?
(a) Princess  Margaret
(b) Princess Victoria
(c) Princess Ann

82. A wedding favour is what?
(a) Doing something for the bride or groom on their wedding day
(b) A little gift given to the guests as a token of the wedding
(c)  An IOU promise from either the Maid of Honor or the Best Man to the couple.

83. What is the difference between a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor?
(a) The Matron of Honor is older than the bride
(b) The Matron of Honor is already married
(c) The Maid of Honor  is younger than the bride is

84. "The Marriage of Figaro" is an opera written by who?
(a) Mozart
(b) Chopin
(c) Vivaldi

85. Before you get married, which of the following documents can you change to your married name BEFORE the wedding takes place?
(a) The Marriage Certificate
(b) Your Driver's License
(c) Your Passport

 

86. Diamonds are graded on 4 things:  Cut, Clarity, Carat and what?
(a) Cost
(b) Country of Origin
(c) Color

87. Traditionally, 5 sugar-coated almonds are given at weddings. Why?
(a) They symbolize, health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life
(b) They symbolize the bride, groom, her mother, his mother and God
(c) They symbolize the bride, groom, and Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

88. Why does the groom stand on the right of the bride?
(a) It represents being at The Right Hand of God
(b) It goes back to the old days of brides being stolen and it's so he had his right hand free to grab his sword
(c) It was discovered that it's better for photos if he's on the right.

89. Henry VIII altered the law so that it was legal for which of the following pairs to marry?
(a) Cousins
(b) Uncles and Nieces
(c) Half-Siblings

90. The top tier of the wedding cake is usually frozen and saved. It is to be eaten at what event?
(a) Opening of the wedding gifts later on.
(b) As a christening cake when they have their first child
(c) To throw in the divorce attorney's face.

91. The wedding cake symbolizes what?
(a) Fertility, fertility, fertility!
(b) A tier of good fortune, happiness and blessings.
(c)  The Holy Trinity (3-tiers only)

92.  The bride carries a wedding bouquet due to what old belief?
(a) The fragrance is suppose to ward off evil spirits
(b) The flowers are suppose to bring fertility
(c)  To hid her waistline in pictures

93. Which of the following flowers means "happiness in marriage?"
(a) Iris
(b) Orchids
(c) Stephanotis

94. According to old folklore, which of the following months is the UNLUCKIEST to get married in?
(a) March
(b) May
(c) April

95. Which of the following is NOT a wedding tradition:
(a) Preventing the bride and groom from seeing each other before the wedding
(b) Feeding the cat out of an old shoe on the wedding day
(c) The bride eating a pickle and the groom eating an apple the day of the wedding.

96. According to tradition, brides wear veils because:
(a) It protects them against any evil spirits
(b) So people can't see how nervous she really is
(c)  To protect her makeup

97. At a civil ceremony, which of the following is not allowed?
(a) Singing Hymns
(b) Cameras
(c) Tape Recordings or Music

98. Why do people toss confetti after a wedding?
(a) To ward off evil spirits
(b) To symbolize fertility
(c) To symbolize "shower of blessings" on the couple.

99. What is the ending to this saying? "Three times a bridesmaid...."
(a) Never a bride
(b) Sure to be a bride
(c) Three times to be married.

100. Many wedding invitations have RSVP on them. What does this mean?
(a) Requires Some Voluntary Present
(b) Remember Some Vows and Prayers
(c) Répondez si'l vous plaît

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"Tying The Knot. The Book of Wedding Trivia" by Heather Russell-Revesz
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