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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 dont 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 wedding guests Every culture cherishes its own marriage traditions and superstitions Many are not understood but are still seriously followed because its always been done that way Kendrick Even people not normally superstitious wouldnt think of violating these traditions 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 brides 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 Kendrick Use of a wedding
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