With the wedding season here, it’s getting busier and with it being Friday 13th, we have decided to take a look at some wedding superstitions we come across all the time. Many traditions come from years down the line and originated from different eras and cultures.
Due to writing this on Friday 13th, it would be rude not to look at 13 different, traditional, weird and wonderful wedding superstitions:
Rain Rain Go Away: People always worry about having rain on their wedding day, and that they hope it doesn't rain. However, the superstition is that rain on your wedding day is good luck, not bad! It is said that rain on the day you are tying the knot is good luck, when you get a knot wet it tightens and gets stronger!
Coloured dress: There are superstitions around what colour dress you wear on your wedding day, there's even a rhyme. These are definitely myths as many people now opt for different colours for their dresses and especially in China, India, Pakistan etc red dresses are known for the colour of good luck. “Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Pink, your spirit will sink, Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back”
Days of the week: Sticking with the superstitions that have a rhyme to go with them, some people say that certain days of the week are unlucky to get married on: “Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday’s the best of all. Thursday brings crosses, And Friday losses, But Saturday – no luck at all.”
Steer clear of full-length mirrors: Here's a lesser known wedding superstition: the bride shouldn't look at herself in a full-length mirror once she's dressed. The exact reason why is unclear, but it is said to bring bad luck, so why take the risk, right?
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue: This is still a tradition that is used in modern day that people say bring luck to have on your wedding day, and some say unlucky not to have. Something old represents something old passed down from the bride's family, something maybe from the brides mother or grandmother usually jewellery or something from their wedding dress. Something new represents good fortune and success in life. Something borrowed is a reminder that the bride's family and friends are all still there for her and something blue symbolises faithfulness and loyalty.
Don't look at each other: Some people say its bad luck to see each other before the wedding day. The groom should not see the bride before the wedding in her wedding dress, this is down to fear that either one would pull out of the wedding. This originates from arranged marriages and the couple not knowing each other before the ceremony.
Six pence in the shoe: Originally a sixpence would be sewn into the hem of the wedding dress or worn in the bride or grooms shoe. This was to give the couple good luck and fortune.
Straight tie: It is said that the groom's tie should be worn as straight as possible when he enters the ceremony, if it is not straight, the superstition is that the groom will be unfaithful to his future wife. So keep that tie straight guys!
Married name: It is so tempting to get started in using your married name for everything right!! However, It is said that using your married name before it has legally been changed is bad luck. It is said it could cause your wedding not to go ahead, but its n=more of a case of tempting fate!
Veil: The bride is said to wear a veil to ward off evil spirits and jealousy. It is said to be worn over the bride's face until she arrives at the altar. Also after your wedding, DO NOT let your bridesmaid try on your veil, it is supposed to mean she will run off with your husband, and that's not great!
Pearls: To have pearls in any of the brides jewellery is supposed to represent tears that the bride will shed on the wedding day. Jewellery which will give more good luck than bad are crystals and diamonds which are meant to bring good fortune and purity. I think I know which one I would prefer!
Knives: It is said that receiving knives as a wedding present is bad luck. According to some superstitions they are a symbol of a broken relationship and bad luck. As a wedding gift it was always seen as offensive as its supposed to bring bad luck.
Crying on your wedding day:It is known that to cry on your wedding day is actually good luck and not bad! It means that you will have no tears left to cry during your marriage. Crying on the day you marry your best friend is a sign of good things to come! So, don't be ashamed when you get a little emotional when you lay eyes on your other half just before, during or after your ceremony!
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