I don't listen to this podcast normally, but I happened across it when idly searching for wedding related podcasts online and thought it sounded interesting. It really is! "Mr. History of Rome" did a special episode on the subject to celebrate his own upcoming nuptials, and goes through many Roman wedding rituals which are quite similar to ours today.
- Getting engaged by giving a ring to a woman.
- A white outfit for the bride.
- A veil.
- The groom commonly carrying the bride over the threshold of her new home to avoid any bad luck with her tripping at the front door while entering.
He also outlines other charming rituals, such as the parade that would often form as various random strangers join a couple walking to their new house, and discusses a lot of the considerations a pater familias took in determining who their offspring should marry.
It's a great listen! Go check it out.