Top 10 Wedding Superstitions
Updated: Nov 15
01 | Engagement Ring
Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl's best friend and even if you love pearls, you should stick with diamonds! Why? Because it is believed that giving a pearl engagement ring is bad luck because it looks like a tear!
02 | The Veil
You might think that a veil is a perfect finishing touch for a bridal look, but it’ s actually a
custom that originated in Rome. The bride would wear a veil down the aisle to ward off the evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness. There is always one in the crowd, so you might want to wear one!
03 | Seeing each other Before the Wedding
This superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages. It was believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about getting married.
Today, many believe that holding out to see each other until the ceremony creates a more exciting and memorable experience. However, many couples choose to meet up and even have portrait sessions before saying “I dos”.
04 | Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Dated back to the Victorian Era, this rhyme symbolizes a tradition meant to bring the bride good luck. Wearing “something old” represents the bride’s past and the couple's desire to remain connected with the family once married while wearing “something new” represents the new union between the couple and symbolizes the couple's happy future. The bride is supposed to get her “something borrowed” from a friend or family member who is happily married in the hope that some of that person's good fortune rubs off on her. Finally, “something blue” denotes fidelity, constancy, and love!
05 | Carrying the Bride over the Threshold
This superstition began during Medieval Europe when many believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of their feet while others believed that if the bride tripped over the threshold, she would bring bad luck into her home and marriage.
To avoid both these reasons, the groom carried the bride into their new home. Today carrying the bride over the threshold is more of a romantic gesture rather than one meant to ward off bad spirits and unfortunate luck. It could also be a fun tradition to let your man show off his bravado and muscles!
06 | Knives as Wedding Gifts
According to folklore, gifting knives to a bride and groom is bad luck as they represent
a broken relationship. If knives are on your registry, just give the gift giver a penny; that way, it is a purchase, not a gift.
07 | Spider on your Wedding Dress
Finding an eight-legged creature on your gorgeous wedding gown might seem like a wedding-day nightmare, but don’t be so quick on swatting it off! English lore claims that finding a spider in your wedding dress is a good omen.
08 | Ringing Bells
Bells are traditionally chimed to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life.
Brides have even been known to carry small bells in their bouquets as reminders of their sacred vows, and they are common gifts for newlyweds.
09 | Breaking Glass
Smashing a vase or glass at your wedding is a tradition carried down from Italy. The tradition says that however many pieces the glassware breaks into will symbolize how many years they ’ll be happily married. So put a lot of muscle into it!
10 | Crying on your Wedding Day
Go ahead and let those tears shed! It is supposed to be good luck because it symbolizes that she has shed all her tears and will not have any to shed during her marriage.
So go ahead and be teary-eyed, and we recommend using waterproof mascara!
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