10 Superstitions and Traditions
Friday the 13th is here...
Today marks the first Friday the 13th of 2020. This year, this superstitious date comes twice, giving us a double dose of superstition.
Whether you believe in the bad luck that today brings or not, we're sure you must've heard of some serious suspicions over the years. Which is why we've decided to use today to talk about some of the different wedding traditions and suspicions we've come across over the years.
A Rainy Wedding is Good (no, seriously!)
In the UK, the unpredictable weather is always a worrying-factor when it comes to any event. However, in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck and can symbolise fertility and cleansing.
A Sweet Greek Trick
According to the Greeks, tucking a sugar cube into your glove at a wedding can sweeten the union between the bride and groom as they tie the knot.
A Wednesday Wedding!
Though a mid-week wedding may not be your preference, in English tradition Wednesday is considered the best day to marry, whilst Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. On the other hand, Saturday is considered the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore, despite it's popularity!
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...
This popular tradition and superstition is a common rhyme that is often recited when someone gets married. But what does it mean?
Wearing 'something old' represents the brides past and the 'something new' symbolises the couples happy future together. The 'something borrowed' is meant to come from someone who is happily married in hope that their good fortune rubs off on the bride. And to top it all off - 'something blue' signifies fidelity and love.
Not Seeing Each Other Before The Big Day
Seeing each other before the wedding is a superstition that dates back to the time of arranged marriages. People would stop the bride and groom seeing each other so they couldn't change their mind before tying the knot. This eventually evolved into being considered as bad luck, but a lot of brides and grooms ignore it.
Over The Threshold
Carrying the bride over the threshold originates from Medieval Europe where the majority believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. A groom would carry the bride into their new home to avoid bringing in any evil spirits to protect them both!
Ever wondered why some newlyweds break glasses or a vase at their wedding? It actually comes from Italy, where the couple would smash a vase or glass at their wedding, with however many pieces the glass that the glassware breaks into symbolising how many years the couple will be happily married.
A Teary Bride
On a wedding day, tears from the bride, groom and everyone else involved is to be expected. But did you know it is supposed to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day as it symbolises that all her tears have been shed and she will not shed any during her marriage?
An Eight Legged Friend
As far as good omens go, finding a spider on your beautiful bridal gown may not seem like a blessing. However, English lore claims that finding an eight-legged friend on your gown is not a nightmare and definitely good luck!
Throw That Bouquet
Throwing the bouquet at a wedding has become a staple activity at weddings, with eager-guests preparing to grab the bunch. However, there is a superstition that not many know about the bouquet toss...
Tossing the bouquet actually comes from the medieval times, where a bride would throw the bouquet to distract guests from grabbing a piece of the bride's dress for their own good luck charm! Not only did the bouquet distract those pinching for their own good luck, but it was also an alternative luck offering!
Superstitions and Traditions
Superstitions and traditions at weddings have dated back from the beginning. And though some have followed through to the modern-day wedding, a lot of happy couples opt to do things their way - which is completely okay! Whether you follow every tradition and are incredibly superstitious, or believe you can make your own luck and happiness on the big day - we can help!
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