The first wedding in history..
..has been between Eva and Adamo. Eva was born form the willing of God to give Adamo a fiancé and lots of lovely children.
Rings are chains..
..through which a bride is bond forever to his groom. At the same time, the bride accepting this ring, was committed to respect her “pledge of allegiance”
Cohabitation in ancient times..
..was enough to consider a couple married (as there were no wedding registries!). One year was the minimum period to consider a couple united in matrimony. It was called “usus”.
Why bride stays on the left side of his groom?
Because in the early Middle Ages, it may happened that the “groom and witnesses” literally kidnapped a woman from another tribe. They had to fight against the woman’s family with swords on their right hands and the bride’s hand in the left hand instead.
In ancient Rome, weddings were giant parties..
..because, as there was no register of married people, everybody had to participate and see with their own eyes the wedding of a couple! Parties resulted to involve an entire town! And witnesses had to be.. at least 10!
Vows, a chaste kiss and dowry..
were exchanged during this formal ceremony. Bride and groom had to exchange their promises and a chaste kiss not to offend ancient religions. After that, exchange of gifts followed: furniture and clothing represented the bride’s dowry.