The superstitions and traditions related to weddings have different origins and foundations. Many are so ingrained in our culture that we don't even question them. Here's a summary of fun and interesting wedding superstitions you may want to follow, whether you are superstitious or not.
Here are 15 wedding superstitions you may want to follow.
Dates to avoid
When choosing a date, you may want to avoid certain days, Friday being one of them. There is a saying that "a couple married on a Friday are doomed to a cat and dog life." And you may want to think again before choosing the 13th day of the month for your wedding, the number thirteen, of course, being linked with bad luck. It may be best not to tempt fate!
Rain on your wedding day
In many cultures, rain on your wedding day is seen as good luck, and if you're really lucky, the sun will break through and decorate the sky with a rainbow (or two!). If you'd rather have a bright and sunny wedding day, you may want to follow the Philippine tradition of offering eggs to Saint Clare, the patroness of good weather.
Sleep separately the night before
These days many couples already live together before getting married, but nonetheless follow the superstition of not sleeping together the night before the wedding. It's just bad luck.
Don't forget the garter
Another deeply rooted tradition that started as a superstition is the wearing of the garter. It represents mystery and virginity.
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...
You know the old saying. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This tradition is deeply rooted in our culture, and many brides include at least one of the four things, usually something blue. But what do they mean? Something old is given to the bride by a happily married woman to bring success to the marriage; something new represents the future; something borrowed brings happiness; and, something blue stands for fidelity and a long-lasting relationship. Brooch bouquets are a lovely way to incorporate all four.
No pearls, no tears
It is said that the bride's jewellery should never include pearls, as they represent tears the bride will shed during the marriage. Crystals and diamonds, on the other hand, will bring you good fortune due to their transparency and purity. But we're sure you'll be happy, regardless of what jewellery you wear!
Sixpence in her shoe
In many cultures, a coin, traditionally a sixpence here in Britain, is sewn into the hem of the wedding dress or worn in the bride's or groom's shoe. This is said to bring good luck and fortune to the happy couple.
Hide from the groom before the ceremony
Another classic wedding superstition is that the groom should not see his future wife in her wedding dress before the ceremony. Back when marriages were arranged, the bride's father didn't want the groom to see the bride before the wedding in case he would be put off marrying her, thus casting shame on the family. Thankfully, times have changed, but you can still play along with this fun superstition.
Keep his tie straight
The groom's tie should be perfectly straight when he enters the ceremony. If it's crooked, superstition has it that the groom will be unfaithful to his future wife. So if you must, have your bridesmaid go to check that his tie is as straight as a ruler.
Rice for fertility
Throwing rice as the newlyweds leave the ceremony symbolizes the fertility of the couple. Many places do not allow it, however, so ask your venue. If you do opt for rice-throwing, make sure it all gets swept up so that the birds don't eat it and die. That just seems like it would bring bad luck!
The unveiling of the bride
Covering the bride's face with a veil until she arrives at the altar is said to protect her from the evil eye, evil spirits and jealousy.
Pass on the garter for luck
The superstition of giving away the garter, now usually done by tossing it, comes from France; they say that it brings good luck to whoever receives it. This is a fun tradition, whereby the groom goes under the bride's dress to retrieve the garter then tosses it to the assembled single men. If you're the shy type, you can have all the groomsmen surround you with their backs to you, in order to have some privacy while the garter is removed.
The bouquet toss to predict the next bride
One of the most entrenched superstitions is the tossing of the bride's bouquet to the single ladies. The lucky girl who catches it will supposedly be next to get married. This tradition got its start in medieval times: it was considered good luck for guests to get a piece of the wedding dress, so they would go after the bride trying to rip bits of it off. Brides started tossing the bouquet to distract everyone and make a clean getaway.
Have him carry you over the threshold
Yes, you probably already live together, but letting your new husband carry you into your home is a fun and romantic tradition. You see, once upon a time, going into your new home meant losing your virginity, and it was seen as scandalous if you ran eagerly through the door. Another belief was that it was bad luck if the bride tripped when crossing the threshold into the new home, since the entrance was thought to be where evil spirits lurked. So just have him carry you inside and you'll be fine.