Episode 174 – The Worst Wedding Ever

The worst wedding ever would be when everything you’ve planned falls apart and turns into a major catastrophe. Some of these accidents could be avoided if the bride or groom stopped to think about the origins behind these wedding customs… Never fear! The lads will investigate some common traditions and lay down some judgements for you. Meanwhile, Jack considers a new business venture and Kris swears he saw a moose up in the snowy alpine regions…

The wedding that is considered to be the worst wedding of all time is the marriage of Prince Amadeo of Savoy to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo on 30th May 1867 where there were a series of unfortunate events and at least seven fatalities.


Here are some interesting wedding facts!

  • The term “best man” dates back to the times when Scotsmen kidnapped their future brides. The friend of the groom who had excelled at the abduction was acclaimed to be the best man.
  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month” or what we know today as the honeymoon.”
  • Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 – before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
  • If a cat sneezes on the day before a wedding, the bride will be lucky in her marriage.
  • One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.
  • The Yugur culture, a Chinese minority, requires the groom to shoot his bride with a bow and arrow three times before the wedding. The arrows aren’t harmful. After shooting his bride, the groom then breaks the arrows symbolising a strong and prosperous marriage.
  • In France, after the wedding is over, all the left-over food, trash and any unwanted substances are collected and put into a real life toilette bowl making the famous French ‘La soupe’. The soup is mixed and grounded up, made ready for the newlyweds who were then forced to drink it all to energise for the rest of the night.


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