Superstitions weave throughout our lives and wedding superstitions abound. After reading this post you may need additional items besides just “something old and something new.” Consider the following: buy some good mascara, a floral crown, a veil, delete the knife set off your online gift registry and change your wedding day to any other day than Saturday.
A lot of superstitions revolve around warding off evil spirits, we collected 16 common wedding superstitions for you to consider.
1) Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
We have all heard this catchy rhyme and most of the brides featured on L&L follow it. So what is the meaning behind it and why do we all do it?
The something old represents the brides past. Wearing something new is a symbol of the couple’s happy future together. The something borrowed should actually be from someone that is happily married, so that their same good fortune will rub off onto the bride. And finally, the something blue represents fidelity and love.
2) Engagement Ring
Everyone know that diamonds are a girls best friend. If you like pearls, then stick with pearl earrings and avoid a pearl ring. It is said that giving a pearl engagement ring is bad luck because it looks like a tear. Or maybe that is what the ring manufactures want you to think in order to spend more moola on diamonds!
3) The Veil
We think a veil is the perfect finishing touch to complete the bridal look, but it is actually a custom that goes back to Roman and Greek times. The bride would wear a veil to ward off the evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness. There is always one in the crowd, so why not wear one just in case!
4) Floral Crown
The Romans believed that evil spirits could not harm anyone that were inside a circle. Thus the tradition of wearing garlands and wreaths came into existence.
5) Seeing Each Other Before The Wedding
A superstition that traces its roots to arranged marriages, where people believed that if the couple saw each other before the wedding they could have second thoughts about the marriage and change their minds. We see a lot of couples doing “first looks” before the wedding and have not heard of any bad outcomes. I think it is safe to put this superstition to rest.
6) Rainy Wedding Day
As long as you have contingency plans for rain, there is no need to panic! Some cultures believe that rain on your wedding day brings fertility and cleansing to the bridal couple.
Looking for an umbrella? Check out our post on the Best Wedding Umbrellas – Rain or Shine!
7) Wedding Gifts
In folklore, to give a set of knives to a bride and groom as a wedding give signifies a broken relationship and brings bad luck. Maybe the couple enjoys cooking together, who knows? Just in case, you had better delete it off your gift registry!
According to English folklore, the unluckiest day of the week to get married is Saturday. Sounds good to me because Saturday is usually the most expensive day to rent a wedding venue.
9) Ringing of the Bells
In a traditional Irish wedding ceremony, bells are rung to keep evil spirits away and to make sure that the lovely couple has a harmonious family life together. Some brides will even carry a bell in their bridal bouquet as a reminder of their sacred vows. This is also why bells are a common gift to give a bride and groom.
10) Carrying the Bride
Dating back to Medieval times, it was believed that the bride was susceptible to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. The groom was to carry the bride into their new home to avoid bad spirits. It could just be a fun tradition to let your man show off his bravado and muscles!
11) Creepy Crawly On Your Wedding Dress
Finding a spider on your beautiful gown is a good omen in English folklore. Even though you may want to freak out and flick that spider off your dress, don’t get rid of him too quickly.
12) Stick with Your Maiden Name Until After the Wedding
Some people believe that if you use your married name before the wedding you are tempting fate and the wedding may not happen. If you are the superstitious type, perhaps skip the monogramming and save some money!
13) Don’t Cross Paths With…
Don’t worry about the black cat, stay away from the nuns and monks! It is said that if a bride crosses path with a monk or a nun on her wedding day, she will be cursed with a life of infertility and poverty.
14) Crying on Your Day
Make sure to buy some good quality waterproof mascara, because if a bride cries on her wedding day it symbolizes that she has won’t have any more tears to cry during her marriage.
15) The Older Sister
A superstition that is a tad bit humiliating: if your sister is older and unmarried, it is said that she must dance barefoot at your wedding or risk never getting married.
In Italian tradition, it is common for the newlyweds to break a glass or vase on their wedding day. Tradition says that however many pieces the glass breaks into will symbolizes how many years the couple will be happily married.
Even if you think it is pish-posh and don’t believe in superstitions, I think it is fun to see the origins and meaning behind wedding superstitions.
Whether you believe in them or not, we hope your big day (and married life everafter) is filled with happiness and joy!