There are probably hundreds of wedding superstitions from various cultures, religions, and traditions! It can get confusing, and a little concerning, if you choose to believe them all. We have some explanation for some popular wedding superstitions, so you can figure out what you’re going to follow or believe for yourself!
Seeing the Bride Before the Wedding
The tradition says that it’s unlucky to see the bride before the ceremony, which dates back to the times when arranged marriages were basically the only way people tied the knot. They believed it to be safer for the couple, particularly the groom, not to see each other until the very last minute, just in case they saw the other and changed their mind. Now, people have become much more relaxed about it; even making time for a “first look.” In fact, many couple say having that moment to themselves before the ceremony helps to relax them and gives them a moment alone before the craziness of the day begins.
Something Old, Something New, etc
This tradition, still followed by many brides, has pretty simple meaning. Something old represents the past, and something new is for a happy future. Something borrowed originally meant for the bride to borrow something from a happily married woman, in the hopes that her successful marriage may rub off onto the bride. Something blue, simply stands for fidelity and love.
This tradition comes from Rome and is meant to keep the bride disguised. It was said that evil spirits were jealous of a woman getting married, and so a bride had to keep the veil over her as a disguise until the “I dos” to protect herself. This also can be traced back to the similar arranged marriage belief about seeing the bride before the wedding; keeping her covered until the last possible second so the groom couldn’t change his mind and make a break for it.
Rain on your wedding day is good luck; it signifies fertility and cleansing.
Knives as a Gift
It’s said that knives signify a broken relationship, so they should never be given as a gift to the couple. If you need knives and put them on your registry, they say if you give a penny to the person gifting them, it becomes a purchase, not a gift, so your relationship should be fine. Alright, good enough for us!
Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold
Whether it’s to your hotel room, your home, or on your way out of the church, this is a common tradition that dates back to Medieval Europe. It was believed that the bride could easily attract evil spirits through the soles of her feet, so to avoid bringing them into their new home (or start of the marriage) the groom would carry her through the doorway.