From not seeing the bride before the wedding, to wearing something blue, there are many little superstitions that are frequently witnessed throughout the wedding world. Whilst some continue to be popular today, there are some wonderfully weird and wacky superstitions that will definitely surprise you!
- It is said that you should not let anyone else try on your engagement ring! Doing this would mean that your wedding may not go ahead. This is because that person will have stolen your happiness and luck, and your fiancés heart. We definitely don't want that!
- Speaking of jewellery, think about popping in some earrings on the big day. Wearing them is said to ensure that you are always happy. Might be worth a shot!
- This one is a real shame. A pearl engagement ring should never be worn as the shape of the stone resembles a tear.
- Apparently a bride also should never marry someone with a surname that begins with the same initial as theirs. Who would have thought that this is bad luck!
- It is also bad luck for the bride to read her wedding service the day before the wedding. Maybe pass that duty onto someone else.
- According to Ancient Greek and Roman traditions, a bridal veil was designed to protect a bride from evil spirits! A groom also carries his bride across the threshold into their home to protect them from any lurking evil.
The Wedding Day
- English traditions dictate that Wednesday is the luckiest day to get married. Meanwhile tying the knot on a Monday is meant to relate to wealth and Tuesday symbolises health. Oddly enough, Saturday is considered the most unlucky day to wed, yet it is the most popular day to get married!
- There is debate that it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. Whilst this is often said to add a positive spin to this wedding fiasco, there is also superstition attached to it. The rain is said to symbolise fertility, as well as growth and cleansing.
- This one is a little odd. If you feed a cat out of a old shoe on your wedding day, then you will have a happy day! Also linking to the superstitious nature of cats, a bride seeing a cat the day before her wedding is considered very good luck.
- It is said that getting married on your birthday will bring bad luck, so plan around that!
- During the wedding, a bride should always keep her right foot forward. This means keeping the right foot ahead of the groom's at the altar, stepping in and out of the church with the right foot and leading the walk back up the aisle with the right foot.
- Have you ever wondered why the bride often stands to the groom's left? Christian ceremonies were designed this way so that the groom could fight off other suitors!
- Egyptian culture tells us that you should pinch the bride on the day of her wedding to give her good luck. Ouch!
But Wait, There's More!
- It is common knowledge that you are not meant to see your partner before the wedding. This originated with arranged marriages. The fear was that this may give the couple a chance to change their minds about getting married!
- Stay away from religious figures before the wedding! A bride that passes a monk or nun is said to be cursed with infertility and poverty for life.
- It's hard to believe this one! Peonies (one of the most gorgeous wedding flowers) are said to represent shame! Nooo!
- English folklore tells us that finding a spider on your wedding dress is good luck. Sounds terrifying to us!
- Make sure you don't drop that ring during the ceremony! Not only does this apparently mean that your marriage is doomed, but also that whoever dropped them will die first. That's some scary stuff!
- If you happen to damage your veil on the special day, don't panic! This is said to bring good luck, especially if the damage is done at the altar. A very positive way to look at ruining a veil!
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