The first diamond engagement ring was presented in 1477 by Archduke
Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy.
The average engagement lasts 6 months.
Canadian hunter and trapper Joseph Henry Jarvis (b. 6/15/1899) and wife,
Annie (b. 10/10/1904), have been married for 79 years.
Age for Marriage
In 1970, brides were on average 20.8 years old when they married, while
grooms were 23.2. Americans are now marrying later in life. In the year
2000, brides were on average 25.1 with their grooms averaging 26.8.
Minnie Munro became the world's oldest bride when she married Dudley
Reid at the age of 102 on May 31, 1991. Reid, the groom, was 83 years
Harry Stevens was 103 when he married 84 year old Thelma Lucas at the
Caravilla Retirement Home in Wisconsin on December 3, 1984.
One in 5 men proposes on one knee.
6% of men proposed to their girlfriends over the phone.
Red roses are the most popular flower to give on Valentine's Day and
although they may all look the same to the untrained eye, there are
actually more than 900 different varieties of dark-red and medium-red
The oldest sex manuals were published in China 5,000 years ago.
Sixty-seven years, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The
happy couple finally wed at age 82!
The Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. Census Bureau research, reports
that the U.S. marriage rate is significantly higher in the Mountain
States (thanks primarily to Nevada's wedding industry), along with the
East South Central States of Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and
Alabama. The Northeast region of the country has the lowest marriage
Approximately one billion Valentine's Day cards are sold in the United
States each year, according to the Greeting Card Association, which
makes Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after
2nd Largest Box of Chocolates
For Valentine's Day 2000, a liqueur manufacturer created the world's
largest box of chocolates. The heart-shaped box, assembled in New York
City, measured 15 feet high by 15 feet wide and weighed some 1300
pounds. It held the record until November of 2002, when Marshall Fields
broke the record with a 2,002 pound box of chocolates in Chicago.
Hand in Marriage
Only 4% of men ask for the parent's approval for their bride's hand in
Lifetime of Kissing
The average person will spend an estimated 20,160 min kissing in their
50% of all people kiss have their first kiss before they are 14.
On Valentine's Day 2004, 5,122 Philippine coupes gathered together at
midnight and locked lips. This kissathon beat the previous world record
of 4,445 couples set in January in Chile.
You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss.
On September 15, 1990, Alfred Wolfram from New Brighton kissed 8001
people in just 8 hours, over sixteen people a minute, at the Minnesota
You use only two muscles on your face when you give a peck kiss but you
use all of your facial muscles and burn more calories during a
Our brains have special neurons that help us find each others lips in
Valentine Kissing Record
On Valentine's Day 2004, an Italian couple made their way into the
record books with a 31-hour 18-minute Valentine kiss. The couple beat
the previous record by 18 minutes and 33 seconds; however, the man had
to receive oxygen afterwards.
World's Longest Kiss
April 5, 1999: Karmit Tsubera and Dror Orpaz kissed for a record 30
hours and 45 minutes to win a kissing contest in Rubin Square, Tel Aviv,
In 2000, the average bride was 24 years old and the average groom was
74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are
involved in picking out their ring, while 3% actually pick it
Formal or Casual
80% of brides plan formal weddings.
The veil dates back to ancient Rome, when it was flame-yellow, always
worn over the face, and called a flammeum.
Wearing a Wedding Ring
In the rhyme 'something old, something new, something borrowed,
something blue', "blue" is symbolic of the blood of royalty,
since both the bride and the groom were once considered to be
"royal" on their wedding day.
The reason that the engagement ring and wedding band is worn on the
fourth finger of the left hand is because the ancient Egyptians thought
that the "vein of love' ran from this finger directly to the heart.
Queen Victoria made white the bridal color of choice when she wore it to
wed Prince Albert in 1840.
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