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10 wedding traditions with dark and twisted origins

INSIDER Logo By Melina Glusac of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 11: 
  Though 
    weddings are generally considered joyous and bright
    celebrations, many of their oldest traditions have dark and
    twisted origins. 
  
  Many 
    wedding staples, like veils and bridesmaids, were
    originally tactics used to ward off evil spirits whose aim was
    to ruin the nuptials.
  
  In medieval times, brides started to carry bouquets - made of
  garlic and other herbs - to disguise their own body odor.
  

  When one thinks of weddings, one generally thinks of happiness:
  they're 
  a day to celebrate family, friends, and, most importantly,
  the start of a new phase of life.

  But historically, weddings were riddled with fear. Many
  traditions, like bridal veils and bridesmaids, had to do with
  warding off evil spirits. 
  Engagement rings were originally worn to signify ownership,
  and the father "giving away" the bride used to be strictly
  business.

  Here are 10 wedding traditions with surprisingly dark origins.

When one thinks of weddings, one generally thinks of happiness: they're a day to celebrate family, friends, and, most importantly, the start of a new phase of life.

But historically, weddings were riddled with fear. Many traditions, like bridal veils and bridesmaids, had to do with warding off evil spirits. Engagement rings were originally worn to signify ownership, and the father "giving away" the bride used to be strictly business.

Here are 10 wedding traditions with surprisingly dark origins.

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