Did you know that brides carry bouquets to cover bad odour? We kid you not.

Have you ever wonered why brides carry a bouquet or wear a veil or the reason grooms need groomsmen?

Turns out that the weddings details we often fuss over are derived from quite offensive ideas that reveal the unequal society that women were subjected to.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to marketing manager of The Wedding Expo, Janet Gericke, about all things wedding traditions and rituals.

Listen to the interview below:

The cake was thrown at the bride but it was used as a symbol of fertility. We laugh about it today but they were deeply superstitious.

Janet Gericke, The Wedding Expo

The old represents continuity, something new is optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness and something blue represents purity, love and fidelity.

Janet Gericke, The Wedding Expo
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