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Weddings through History
Bridesmaids wear the same outfit so as to confuse evil spirits!

Weddings through History

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with studying the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

When learning about the lives of those who have contributed to national achievements young children might look at weddings. Children will learn about the weddings of some important people who have contributed to national achievements, such as Henry VIII or Queen Victoria.

Everyone loves a good wedding! It's a time for celebration and rejoicing as families come together and couples enjoy the best day of their lives. Some ancient customs and traditions have survived the centuries to remain as part of ceremonies today.

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1.
A popular wedding rhyme starts with 'something old, something new'. How does it end?
Something borrowed, something blue
Something white just for you
Something white and some shoes
Because your love is true
Relatives usually offer the something old, like great grandmother's antique brooch
2.
Where does the expression 'tying the knot' come from?
It means the bow around the bouquet of flowers
It's from the way the bride ties up her hair
It's from the knot used to hold the wedding cake on the stand
Some cultures tie the bride and groom together
In many cultures, the hand of a bride and groom are tied together as a symbol of their new bond
3.
The groom traditionally stands to the right of his bride. Why is this?
To look good in the photographs
To fight of any potential suitors
So he can hold her hand better
Because it's considered lucky
In bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors!
4.
Most wedding receptions have a wedding cake. What did the ancient Romans have instead?
Bread broken over the bride's head
Pigeon pie eaten by all the male guests
Little sweets brought round by the children
Vegetable soup in special dishes
They thought this brought good luck!
5.
Why have bridesmaids usually worn the same style of dress?
To look good in the photos
To make the bride stand out
To show it's a special occasion
To confuse evil spirits
Long ago the bride's friends wore the same exact outfit as the bride to confuse the evil spirits who wanted to destroy her happiness
6.
When did wedding rings for men become popular?
In the 1960s
In the 1940s
In the 1980s
In the 1990s
Many men went to fight in the war and liked a reminder of their family back home
7.
Who made white wedding dresses popular?
Alice in Wonderland
Queen Victoria
The White Witch
Sleeping Beauty
In ancient times, brides wore bright colours to show their joy and happiness
8.
Who first had wedding rings?
The Ancient Egyptians
Americans in the 1960s
The Chinese in the 1950s
The Celts
Evidence has been found of braided rings of hemp or reeds being exchanged by a wedded couple
9.
What made a marriage legal in Ancient Rome?
The wedding ring
A kiss
The bride's father
The party afterwards
The kiss was considered a legal bond necessary to seal all contracts
10.
King Henry VIII is quite famous for getting married. How many wives did he have?
8 wives
7 wives
5 wives
6 wives
Not all of them survived being married to Henry!
Author:  Angela Smith

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