There’s already a lot of pressure for your wedding day – to have perfect weather, to not mess up your makeup from crying, to not drop the rings, etc. But who knew that there were actual superstitions behind these possible occurrences that could actually affect the success of your marriage? Not helping, right? If you’re superstitious, be on the lookout for these signs of good and bad luck!
You’ve probably heard that it’s bad luck to see your fiancé on the wedding day before your ceremony. The reason being that, back when marriages were arranged, the bride and groom weren’t allowed to see or meet each other at all until they were at the altar. Parents of the bride feared that, if the couple met each other before marrying, the groom wouldn’t find the bride attractive and would decide to call off the wedding. They were so careful, in fact, that part of the reason why the bride wore a veil down the aisle was to prevent the groom from knowing what she looked like until the very last second – when it’s too late to back out! Flattering, huh?!
Today, this superstition has phased out as we see more and more couples choosing to do a “first look” before the nuptials. But not everyone! Many couples still choose to remain unseen before the ceremony in order to save that special moment of seeing each other for the actual wedding. Either way, superstition: debunked!
“And a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe”
You’ve heard “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” but did you realize this old rhyme is supposed to finish with “and a silver sixpence in her shoe”? The first four in the rhyme are symbols to represent a happy marriage, new union, a special token of love, and fidelity. However, the last line relates back to the belief that keeping a penny in one of the bride’s shoes is a token of good luck that will promise a life of good fortune. Sounds tedious to walk around all day with something in your shoe, but well worth it if you believe in luck!
I’m Not Crying - You’re Crying
It’s sentimental to tear up on your wedding day, but don’t be afraid to hold back the Kim-K tears! Supposedly, it’s good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day as a crying bride means that she has shed all the tears she has and will not have any to shed during her marriage. If you plan on following through with this one, be sure to wear some waterproof mascara!
“It’s Like Rain on Your Wedding Day”
While most brides might think that having rain on the day of their wedding is a total bummer, a lot of people seem to believe that this is actually a good thing! It may seem that that’s all just to make the bride feel better about the situation, but in some cultures, wedding-day rain represents fertility, cleansing of the past, and unity! However, some say that the rain actually symbolizes the number of tears that the bride will cry during her marriage…
This one’s a tossup. But we say, hey, your wedding is one of the most important and happiest days of your life! Let it rain like your love and make the best of it!
Here Trips the Bride
It’s a classic gesture for the groom to carry his bride into their home/hotel room after the wedding. But what we thought was just romance and chivalry, is actually prevention of bad luck! Story has it that, if a bride trips over the threshold into their new home, it will bring bad luck upon the marriage. Therefore, the groom has been trusted to carry the bride (and definitely not trip) to avoid this mishap.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider Crawled Up the…Wedding Dress?
It’s been said that finding a spider on your wedding dress is good luck. We’re not sure why this was believed back in old English folklore, but good luck or not, something tells us most brides would be okay with skipping out on this one!
Till Death do us Part
Apparently, dropping the rings during the ceremony means that the marriage is doomed. And you’ll want to really hold onto those suckers because whomever is the one who drops them will be the one to die first! Because that’s totally something you want to think about on your wedding day…