Tradition is a strong part of wedding ritual in any culture, from the widespread global phenomenon of throwing rice to specific, slightly weirder ideas, like the Scottish practice of "tarring and feathering" brides and grooms before their ceremony. And with the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry coming up in May, we're all looking forward to its combination of tradition and new, fresh ideas; they've already broken with royal custom by having a non-fruit wedding cake, for instance. Some wedding rituals are charming, others are simply harmless, but there are many terrible traditions in the history of weddings that deserve to stay in the past. Because weddings in the modern day can be enough of a to-do as is.
The idea of the wedding has evolved considerably since its beginnings as a means of transferring "ownership" of a woman from her father to her husband. And the rituals around it have changed accordingly. While some old-school customs kind of deserve a comeback — I quite like the idea of getting married in a flame-colored veil, which was the practice in the Roman era — others need to stay firmly in the waste basket of history. Don't be tempted to bring them back "just for a joke."