This charming book from the world renowned Ritz London hotel explores the history of weddings and answers all the questions you have ever pondered about wedding traditions. Why do we have bridesmaids? Why does the bride wear a veil? Why are boots often tied to the 'going-away' vehicle? With the answers to all these and insights into the origins of the betrothal, wedding breakfast and honeymoon this is a beguiling guide to one of the most important events in our lives. Including a history of weddings at the Ritz - from the dramas and disasters to the proposals and liaisons that have taken place against its elegant backdrop, there are romantic encounters to amuse and entertain. Illustrated throughout with delightful line drawings, alongside wit and wisdom on marriage, this is an enchanting and informative look at weddings in all their glory.