Superstition Series: Wedding Superstitions
Wedding season, wedding season! Yes, get ready, it's just around the corner!
Wedding is one of those events that most definitely is going to change the rest of your life. Walking down the aisle, newlyweds are entering a new, exciting, but also unknown phase. They hope for their wedding party to be perfect, for everything go the best possible, and that is when superstitions come to life - to reassure us that everything will be OK. Even those who are usually not superstitious at all, on this special day they do everything according to the tradition, just in case.
I doesn't hurt to follow a few sometimes seemingly silly steps, and it makes the entire experience even more special.
What Is The Best Time to Get Married?
The main thing is to make sure that you organize your wedding in a month, which name contains the letter "r". This will ensure the strength of the marriage. The worst months to get married are May and November.
If you want to ensure even more luck, you should take an oath during Christmas, Easter or Carnival. Also, avoid any party planning during advent and lent.
There is also a superstition concerning a choice of church (if you are religious, of course) and the time of the day. It's best if the wedding is held at the place where the bride was baptized, and it must be held on a full hour.
Well, just like they say: timing is everything!
Choice of Witnesses
It is believed that couples in love should stand before the altar only one time, therefore you should avoid choosing witnesses, bridesmaids and groomsmen, who are in a relationship with each other, unless you would like them to part their ways in the near future.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen should not be married (could be engaged though), however witnesses must be already married. You must also make sure that a maid of honor is not expecting a child.
Superstitions associated with outfits of the bride and groom are probably the most known and obeyed.
- It is known that groom must not see his bride's wedding dress before the wedding, therefore he should never ever be a part of the dress shopping and selection of the gown.
- The bride should not sew her own dress, and absolutely cannot let her sisters take measurements. Otherwise they will never get married themselves.
- The veil of the future wife can pined only by a Miss and not a Mrs!
- At least one day before the wedding, you should leave your wedding shoes on a windowsill, so "good luck" can enter them and stay.
- The bride should have sewn into her undergarments a little bit of sugar and bread crumb, and a single penny in her shoe. This is a way to ensure prosperity.
- On the wedding day every bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and white. She should not wear anything pink.
- It is good for the groom to carry some money in his pocket to guarantee future prosperity.
- To avoid disappointment, bad luck and tears, do not stitch wedding clothes on a wedding day, even if they tear. In such case it is better to use a safety pin.
Do Not Try On The Rings!
Wedding rings are a very important symbol of marriage, and there are of course some superstitions associated with them.
First of all you shouldn't try on wedding rings right prior to the oath. Also, do not pick them of the floor, if they happen to fall. It must be done by the priest or officiant.
Be careful Brides! You must pay attention when putting the ring on: if a husband-to-be puts a ring on his bride's finger and presses it to the very end, it means that he will be the boss in this marriage.
Young couples are often worried that they will forget their wedding vows or confuse the words of the oath. That would be absolutely fine! If it happens, it will actually mean lots of happiness.
The bride should also not be afraid of showing some emotion and shedding a few tears, because they promise that she will never cry because of her husband.
Rice and Coins
Wedding guests should not forget about having some coins or rice ready, to shower the newlyweds right after the ceremony. They both are symbols of wealth and future prosperity.
Bride and groom should try to gather all of the scattered coins - it is even sort of a little competition! The person who collects the most of money will be in charge of budget in their marriage.
Newlyweds should throw on the ground behind them their glasses after having the first toast. Shattered glass is a symbol of luck and happiness. Also, if there is more broken glass during the wedding reception, it is all for the best as well.
"I love your feet
because they have
the earth and through
the wind and water
until they brought
you to me."
As you start this new journey, may every day hold wonderful experiences! May your marriage be full of love, friendship and happiness!
© 2014 Agnes