As with all traditions, there are numerous superstitions surrounding marriage and weddings. Take a look to see if you know these ones…
Whether you choose to take these wedding superstitions seriously is up to you (we don’t think we shall!), but they’re fun to know all the same…
1. Looking for a lucky day? Wednesday is considered the ‘best’ day to marry, while Monday signifies wealth and Tuesday is for health. Saturday is, in fact, the unluckiest! Oh, and don’t marry in May: ‘Marry in the month of May and you’ll surely rue the day’. It just so happens to be one of the most popular months for couples these days!
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2. On to your wedding dress. If you’re considering wearing a colour, you might like to think twice before wearing one of the following shades…
‘Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back’.
On a more positive note…
‘Married in white, you have chosen alright.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
Married in pink, of you he’ll think.’
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3. If you’re wearing a veil, good luck is coming your way. According to superstition, the veil hides the face of the bride, protecting her from evil spirits. Think twice before asking your groom to lift the veil from your face… part of an ancient wedding ritual symbolising the groom taking possession of his wife!
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4. On the morning of your wedding, it is considered back luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony. However, if you’re after some good luck, glance in the bedroom mirror just once in your wedding dress before leaving for your wedding.
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5. As for the wedding ring – we all know that engagement and wedding rings are worn on the forth finger of the left hand, but why? There was thought to be a vein in the finger, the ‘Vena Amoris’ directly connected to the heart.
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6. Bouquets were traditionally chosen for their scent, with a groom’s buttonhole going back to the days when a knight would wear his Lady’s colours. The throwing of the bridal bouquet is still popular, and it is said that the girl who catches it will be the next to marry.
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7. Confetti is to be encouraged. Before paper confetti, guests threw flowers, petals, grain or rice over the happy couple to bestow prosperity and fertility.
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8. If you’re having a fruit cake as your wedding cake, give your unmarried friends a slice to take home. Tradition states that placing a slice of wedding cake under their pillow will enable a single woman to dream of the man she hopes to marry! You’ll also be delighted to know that the fruit and nuts symbolise fertility, and that the three-tiered shape was inspired by the spire of St Bride’s Church in the City of London.
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9. The Tudors supposedly considered it good luck to throw shoes at the happy couple – not something we would enjoy or encourage! Why not just tie them to the back of the ‘Just Married’ car instead?
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10. And finally, don’t get too excited girls. The tradition of giving a wooden spoon dates back many years with this fine utensil considered the most useful to assist the new bride in her kitchen.
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