Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bridal Showers, Swimming, and Lootcrates!

   Today was my oldest sister's bridal shower!  I was the MC with a very cute outfit (pics to come) and got to administer all the stuff.  I also did wedding related trivia!  Afterwards, we went swimming at my cousin's  house and then came home.  I then realized it's been a few days since my Lootcrate shiped and ran to the mailbox and sure enough, there it was!  I'm putting up 2 different videos tonight including the un-boxing so I'll post those as soon as they're ready!  To hold you over....

     For those of you up for a challenge, I made 40 trivia questions for the bridal shower today!  Here they all are!  Whoever can answer the most correct in the comments or via an email will get eternal glory and their name on my blog or maybe I'll draw you a special comic!

1.)   According to Greek tradition, putting this in your glove will sweeten your marriage?
a.     A sugar cube
b.     A flower petal
c.      Cookie crumbs
2.)  Why does the groom carries the bride across the threshold?
a.     To keep the wedding dress clean
b.     To signify the raising of their future children
c.      To protect her from evil spirits
3.)  According to Norse tradition, weddings were held on what day to ensure fertility?
a.     Sunday
b.     Wednesday
c.      Friday
4.)  What do Egyptian women do to the bride for good luck?
a.     Mess up her hair
b.     Pinch her
c.      Pat her on the cheek
5.)  What do Czechs throw instead of rice at weddings?
a.     Peas
b.     Nuts
c.      Paper
6.)  Moraccan brides take a “what” bath to purify themselves?
a.     Mud
b.     Champagne
c.      Milk
7.)  Why are engagement/wedding rings worn on the 4th finger on the left hand?
a.     The right hand is used for more work, therefore the left is less likely to get dirty or harm the ring
b.     It was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
c.      It’s the 9th finger, representing a near completion of life.
8.)  What kind of tree is planted in Holland to symbolize fertility and luck?
a.     Pine
b.     Oak
c.      Ash
9.)  Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end what century?
a.     The 10th
b.     The 15th
c.      The 20th
10.)         What percent of brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand?
a.     30%
b.     50%
c.      70%
11.)         Sapphire wedding rings represent:
a.     Marital happiness
b.     Fertility
c.      Longevity
12.)         Pearls are unlucky for wedding rings because they:
a.     Come from the bottom of the sea and are considered unclean
b.     They look similar to tears
c.      They have no color and are considered unattractive
13.)         True or false:  10 tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States
a.     True
b.     False (It’s actually 17 tons)
14.)         When did white dresses become popular in the Western world?
a.     1797
b.     1840
c.      1903
15.)         What ancient culture began the use of veils at weddings?
a.     Egyptians
b.     Chinese
c.      Greeks and Romans
16.)         What country used white for bridesmaid dresses long before the western world?
a.     Japan
b.     Australia
c.      China
17.)         How much did the most expensive wedding of all time cost?
a.     $230,000
b.     $44 million
c.      $1 billion
18.)         In what country did brides and grooms cross-dress to confuse evil spirits?
a.     Denmark
b.     Germany
c.      France
19.)         The tradition of wedding cake comes from:
a.     Rome
b.     Greece
c.      Turkey
20.)         True or False:  The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
a.     True
b.     False
21.)         If the younger of two sisters marries first, then older sister must:
a.     Buy the cake
b.     Sing at the younger sisters wedding to fend off spirits from her wedding
c.      Dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
22.)         Who established the tradition of playing Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" during their wedding processional in 1858?
a.     Abraham Lincoln
b.     Queen Victoria
c.      John Hanning Speke
23.)         The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to:
a.     Gesture and talk with
b.     Hold a gift from the bride’s family
c.      Fight off other suitors
24.)         How many couples marry daily in the U.S on average?
a.     7,000
b.     8,000
c.      9,000
25.)         Who first held Stag (bachelor) parties?
a.     Ancient Spartans
b.     Ecuadorians
c.      Russians
26.)         Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they:
a.     Dance with a man at another woman’s wedding
b.     Sleep with a slice of groom's cake under their pillows
c.      Try on 50 wedding dresses
27.)         What colors are popular in Korean weddings?
a.     Blue and silver
b.     Red and Yellow
c.      White and Green
28.)         In Egypt, whose family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can…relax.
a.     Bride
b.     Groom
c.      Best man
29.)         The bridal ensemble’s “something blue” represents love, purity, and
a.     Longevity
b.     Eternal Happiness
c.      Fidelity
30.)         One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to whom when she was two years old?
a.     Joan of Arc
b.     Cleopatra
c.      Queen Mary (daughter of Henry VIII)
31.)         Violets signify
a.     Faithfulness
b.     Excitement
c.      Passion
32.)         The bridal shower became a tradition when which member of the family disapproved of the marriage?
a.     Mother of the Groom
b.     Father of the Bride
c.      Sister of the Groom
33.)         Which culture exchanged swords descended from their family as well as wedding bands?
a.     Nordic
b.     Roman
c.      Egyptian
34.)         True or false:  It’s lucky to marry a man with a surname that starts with the same letter as yours.
a.     True
b.     False
35.)         Which culture implemented Kissing the Bride as a necessary end to the wedding?
a.     Chinese
b.     American
c.      Roman
36.)         A kiss from who was very lucky for the bride as it was considered good luck in England?
a.     A postman
b.     A chimney sweep
c.      A member of the groom’s party
37.)         In Italy, what article of the groom’s clothing was cut up and sold at the reception to raise money for the honeymoon?
a.     Tuxedo
b.     Socks
c.      Tie
38.)         What animals were used in Japanese wedding processions representing fertility?
a.     Ducks and Geese
b.     Tortoises
c.      Oxen
39.)         Which of the following was NOT considered good luck at many weddings?      
a.     Rainbows
b.     Black Cats
c.      Pigs
40.)         In Medieval times, a men placed a Hawthorne on the doorstep of the woman to propose.  If it was still there when he returned, the answer was yes.  What signified a no?
a.     Cauliflower
b.     Lettuce

c.      Carrots