Most wedding superstitions are amusing and can provide a certain amount of excitement to a wedding.
Wedding Superstitions From Around The World
Below are some wedding superstitions that are common from around the world.
Maybe you will find a few of these superstitions to be useful when planning your wedding.
- If you find a small spider in your wedding gown, it represents money.
- It is tempting fate for the bride to see herself in a mirror by candlelight.
- It is bad luck for a bride to participate in the rehearsal. She should use a stand-in.
- It is bad luck to be late for your own wedding.
- If the bride carries a lump of sugar in her glove, she'll have a sweet married life.
- For good luck, the bride must shed tears just before the groom kisses her. If she does cry, she will never shed another tear about her marriage.
Carrying a handkerchief that has been passed down through the generations is a great tradition.
Also, some brides carry a handkerchief that they will later turn into a christening bonnet for their first child, which the child can later turn back into a handkerchief to carry at their own marriage.
- The ceremonial kiss that closes the marriage ceremony is considered
symbolic of an exchange of spirits as each new spouse breathes a part of
the soul into the other.
- The groom must not see the bride until just before the ceremony. It is
believed that bad luck can come their way if they lay eyes on each
other. Apparently, they have glimpsed the future before it happened.
- Carrying the bride over the threshold is a precaution against the demons
that haunt doorways. If the bride were to trip entering her new home,
it would be an unfavorable omen.
- Every ribbon you break when opening wedding presents is said to represent the birth of a child.
African-American superstition is that of broom jumping.
Typically, the family places the broom on the ground, and the bride and
groom jump over it together. The broom can later be used as a decoration
in the couple's new home.
- There is a Celtic tradition where the couple puts their hands on a stone during their vows to “set them in stone”.
- A Chinese superstition is to light firecrackers after the ceremony to chase any evil spirits away from the couple.
the traditional colors of happiness, love and wealth, red and gold are
used throughout a Chinese ceremony from the invitations to the dress. Also, any gifts of money to the newlyweds are presented in red
- Red beads are sometimes tossed at newlyweds to bring them good luck.
(Click here to see more Chinese Wedding Superstitions.)
EASTERN EUROPEAN TRADITION
- In some Eastern European
ceremonies, the bride and groom will circle the altar three times, which
represent their first steps together as husband and wife.
England, brides would carry marigolds dipped in rosewater and would eat
them later because it was thought to be an aphrodisiac.
- Another English tradition is for the bride to carry a horseshoe decorated with ribbons on one bent arm.
Greek bride may carry sugar on her wedding day to ensure she has a
sweet life. She may also carry ivy, as a symbol of endless love.
Hawaii, the bride and groom will exchange leis. The family may also
exchange leis with the couple. The leis represents the love and respect
you have for the person you are giving it to.
- It is an Irish tradition is to save a bottle of champagne from the reception to 'wet the baby's head' at the christening.
- An Irish bride has English lavender in her bouquet to bring luck and fulfill her wishes.
- Irish brides often braid their hair to bring good luck and to help them retain their female power.
(Click here for more Irish Wedding Customs.)
Italian custom is for the couple to break a glass during the reception.
The number of pieces of shattered glass symbolize the years the happy
couple will share together.
- The groom carries a piece of iron in his pocket on his wedding day to ward off evil spirits.
(Click here for more Italian Wedding Customs.)
Korean superstition is to incorporate ducks or geese into their
wedding ceremony. Both ducks and geese mate for life and represent
Scotland one popular wedding superstition was for the bride to walk
with the sun to bring her good luck. She would walk from east to west on
the south side of the church and then continue walking around the
church three times.
Spanish groom will give his bride thirteen coins in memory of Christ
and the twelve apostles. The bride carries these in a small bag during
the wedding ceremony as a symbol that the groom promises to support and
care for her.
Swedish bride will wear three bands on her wedding finger, one is an
engagement ring, one the wedding ring and the third is a ring for
Welsh a bride gives her bridesmaids a cutting of myrtle-a symbol of
love. The bridesmaid plants her myrtle and if it blooms, she will soon
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