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Favours or "bonboniere" is spelled bomboniere in Italian,
bonbonniere in French or boubouniere in Greek)
Origins of the words "Tie the Knot"
expression is documented as far back as 1717. "The Encyclopedia
of Superstitions" by E. and M.A. Radford, edited
and revised by Christina Hole (Barnes and Noble Books, New York, 1961).
says : "In the seventeenth century, one or two of the bride-favours
were always blue. These were knots of coloured ribbons loosely stitched
on to the wedding gown, which were plucked off by the guests at the
wedding feast, and worn as luck-bringers in the young men's hats."
During some ethnic wedding ceremonies the priest performing the wedding
would bind the bride and grooms hands with rope during the ceremony.
In modern day, this has been replaced with a sash.
common theory about the meaning of the phrase is that bed frames used
to be sprung with rope. To make a marriage bed you needed to 'tie