Every year, countless couples will walk down the aisle and begin a new journey of life together.

From the white dress, cake cutting, bouquet toss and more, there are a plethora of different traditions that will take place on these days to help make it even more memorable.

While we see these things at virtually every wedding we attend, do you know where the origin of some of these traditions actually comes from?

The White Dress

For years and years, when a bride was being married, she would simply find the finest article of clothing in her wardrobe for the festivities.

While the common folk would wear whatever they had, nobles would have a bit wider selection in their wardrobe with elegant gowns that features jewels and fancy embroidery.

It wasn’t until the 1840 though that the white gown would first make its appearance when Queen Victoria wore it for here marriage to Prince Albert.

The Wedding Party

While the wedding party is essential today for helping you have the best day of your life and enjoying it with those closest to you, the groomsmen and bridesmaids had slightly different roles in the earlier days of weddings.

While the best man is the go to guy and the one who gives the opening speech, in the old days of weddings, the best man was actually the chief security personnel if the groom had to kidnap the bride away from her family. Now that is the sign of a true best man.

As far as the bridesmaids were concerned, in addition to helping the bride prepare for the big day and help make sure it all goes off smoothly, these women were also in charge of protecting the bride from evil spirits.

Bridesmaids would wear similar dresses to the bride so they could trick evil spirits and even ex-lovers so they couldn’t be kidnapped or harmed.

The Wedding Cake

Every time you see the bride and groom go to cut the cake, the age old questioned is asked if they will smash the cake in one another’s face.

While the cake used to not be smashed in one another’s face, the “cake” or in older times, a loaf of barley bread, was broken over the bride’s head and crumbs would fall on her as a sign of good luck as the guests would then fight each other for the crumbs and scraps that had fallen to the floor.

I think we can all be glad this one doesn’t take place anymore.

Garter Toss

One of the more entertaining traditions at weddings today is the bouquet and garter toss.

In older times, the bridal garter was seen as having magical qualities, making men in the audience fight over it so they could pin it on their hat for good luck.

All these traditions and more have led to what we know today, but you might think a little bit differently about some of them from now on.