Weddings like most occasions carry traditions and superstitions that you may be a stickler for, or couldn’t care two hoots in the wind about! Whether you’re a believer, or just intrigued cast your eye on these traditions, superstitions and weird and wonderful facts.
1. Rain on your wedding day is meant to be good luck – This superstition is meant to represent cleansing or stronger unity in the marriage. Originally from several cultures including Hinduism, the idea is that a ‘wet knot is harder to untie’.
2. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the ‘best day’ to marry, although Monday symbolises wealth and Tuesday for health. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny as it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!
3. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress also means good luck. Not sure I would really want this! Folklore says that a money spider in your wedding dress symbolises wealth.
4. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!
5. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
6. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
7. Brides carry or wear ‘something old’ on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
8. In Egypt, the bride’s family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can relax!
9. ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver six pence in her shoe’ – This is the most popular concept which represents memory (old), looking forward together (new), support from family/friends (borrowed), and symbolises faithfulness, purity and loyalty (blue). Keep a look out for a future blog on this topic!
10. Don’t drop the ring! Supposedly if you drop the wedding ring at the altar when putting it on your partner’s finger, it is a sign that bad things will happen in the marriage.
11. Crying… It is said that if either the Bride or Groom cry at the altar it resembles good luck! Make sure you always have a tissue at the ready!
12. Another bizarre superstition is that if your Groom shares the initial letter in your surname it is bad omen, I’m not in luck there then!
Now… these are all just a result from an online search so we cannot take any liability! (We can however say we warned you).