Everyone’s got a know-it-all in the family: the uncle who spits out World Series stats at the drop of a hat, the sister who can list all the James Bond flicks in reverse chronological order, the reptile-enthusiast cousin. We’re proud to be your wedding equivalent — here are 50 wedding facts to ponder as you plan your big day:

Good Luck and Bad Luck

1. Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove — according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.

2. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!

3. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.

4. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.

5. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny — it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!

6. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.

7. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!

8. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!

9. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye. Find out about Muslim wedding rituals.

10. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.

11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without. Learn more about Swedish wedding traditions.

12. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.

13. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. See more Moroccan wedding customs.

14. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds’ home as a symbol of fertility and luck.

It’s Got a Ring To It

15. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

16. About 70% of all brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand.

17. Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring was a whopping 3 1/2-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.

18. Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century.

19. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.

20. A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.

21. One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.

22. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!

23. Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England — the coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.

24. Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.

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They’re weird, they’re wacky, they’re . . . wine corks?

If you happen to be a fan of wine, or you’re one of the hundreds of Americans who makes and bottles their own brand of wine, you may very well be have a surprising amount of spare wine bottles and wine corks. And while your empty wine bottles can be recycled into such fascinating DIY craft projects as Christmas-light lamps, candle holders and even plant terrariums, much (if not more) can be done with your left over wine corks as well.

For example, corks can be used for small craft projects such as no-hassle safety-pin and tack holders, even cork boards and wreaths for holiday parties or other big events like birthdays or weddings.
Corks are even useful in the garden. You can slice your corks into thin pieces and glue them on the bottom of your flowerpots to raise them off the surfaces and prevent them from getting scratched. Cut your corks into halves and put them in the food processor or other grinder wala! You’ve got homemade mulch. You can even sharpen your gardening instruments, and knives by slicing corks. In fact, if you’re looking for a personalized stamp you can cut small shapes out of corks and turn them into the perfect homemade stamp. Cut corks are also perfect for birdhouses. Simply cut them into a good size and glue them on. You can even paint them beforehand to make your birdhouse look unique and colorful.

Have an infinitely large number of corks? You could make a massive mosaic, or better yet, if you really feel like turning some heads when you drive down the street you could cover your car with them.

Of course, there’s always the prospect of recycling your used corks for your next batch of home-made wine. If this is the case don’t forget to label your bottles and even your corks with expertly designed, uniquely shaped labels from Labels on the Fly. Guaranteed to make your wine stand out just as much as corks covering your car would make you stand out!

Whether you’ve come across one in a museum, or a friend or relative happens to collect them as antiques, or you’re lucky enough to find one at the bottom of a lake, old fashioned, historical wine bottles are truly amazing items.

While historical wine bottles are generally collected by antique dealers and enthusiasts, some home wine makers have taken to bottling their wines in these classic containers. These wine bottles, although rare, can make fantastic birthday or wedding gifts.

If you are a home wine maker who has decided to invest in historical bottles, even fake-historical bottles, here are a few things you ought to know.

To begin with, wine and champagne bottles are some of the most commonly recovered items from historic sites throughout the U.S., and many of the shapes continue to be used today. However, the shapes and sizes of historical wine bottles aren’t very different from modern wine bottles.  Some of the oddest historical wine bottles you’ll see are the Belgian type, which was commonly used for wine and rum, as well as sparkling wines (as they typically had relatively heavy glass and could likely withstand the pressure of carbonation), and the Early English Onion Bottle, which came about in the late 1600s and featured very dark olive green and were generally used for wine and spirits.

Also, historical wine bottles were hardly ever embossed, but instead are a product identified with labels. So if you’re planning to bottle your wine in historical or fake-historical bottles you may want to consider what type of labels to use for branding.

Labels on the Fly offers a large variety of expertly designed wine labels that come in a wide array of interesting shapes perfect for the oddly shaped bottle.