Did you know the expression tie the knot actually comes from an Ancient Babylonian custom where threads from the clothing of the groom and bride were tired together to symbolize a union between the couple?
Back then traditions of marriage were related much more to the concept of conception. In fact, early Roman brides carried bouquets of herbs under their veils, like rosemary and garlic, to symbolize fertility and fidelity. These precursors to the modern day bouquets also warded off evil.
Back in Ireland, the tradition for newly married couples was to tie a hen that was about to lay an egg to the wedding night bed. This was to ensure the fertility of the couple.
Of course traditions have changed a lot and weddings in general have come a long way from where they used to be and what they used to m