There are a variety of traditions and superstitions that go along with a wedding whether it is the bride’s veil or the throwing of the rice. Do you know how these traditions started? Many of these customs have been around for thousands of years and the meaning behind some of these commonly occurring wedding practices may surprise you.
Rain on The Wedding Day – In many cultures, if it rains on the bride and groom’s wedding day it is actually a symbol of soul-cleansing and fertility.
Knives As Wedding Gifts – When it comes to giving a knife to the wedded couple as a wedding gift, according to folklore this is actually considered to be bad luck. Many couples who receive knives counteract the bad luck by giving the gift giver a penny so it is a purchase not a gift.
A Spider On The Wedding Dress – These eight legged creepy crawlers may release a terrifying scream from the bride but actually there is no reason to be afraid because according to English lore, a spider on the wedding dress is said to be a good omen.
The Bride’s Veil – Stemming from ancient Roman tradition, the bride is said to wear a veil in order to disguise herself from evil spirits who are jealous of her wedding day happiness.
Crying On Your Wedding Day – Many brides may try to avoid crying on their wedding day to avoid messing up their makeup but go ahead let it all out because crying is actually a symbol that she has shed all hear tears and none will be shed during the marriage.
Breaking A Glass – You may have heard of the bride and groom dramatically throwing a piece of glassware onto the ground and think it’s absolutely crazy but this tradition actually comes from Italy. The meaning behind this tradition is however many pieces that the glassware is shattered into is said to be the amount of years they will be joyfully married.
Ringing Bells – Everyone can recognize the blissful tune of wedding day bells but do they know the meaning behind this magical sound? According to Irish culture, wedding bells are said to scare away evil spirits that may attempt to destroy the happiness of the newlyweds.
Using Your Married Name Before The Wedding – You may wonder why some brides avoid using their new last name before the wedding and that is actually because some think it is bad fate to do so before she is married and the wedding may not occur.
Seeing Each Other Before The Wedding – Many brides and grooms take great length to avoid see each other before the ceremony. This is due back to the tradition of arranged marriages when couples believed if they saw each other before the wedding that they would change their minds about one another.
Don’t Drop The Rings – Make sure your best man and maid of honor have a steady hand because many ancient cultures consider dropping of the rings to symbolize death of the bride or groom shortly after marriage.
Bury The Bourbon – Many southern weddings involve the bride and groom burying a bottle of bourbon at their venue exactly one money before tying the knot in order to prevent rain on their wedding day.
Avoid Getting Married In May – The rhyme “Don’t get married in may or you will rue the day” has scared many couples from scheduling their wedding during this bad luck month.
Keep The Candles Lit – If candles are lit during the ceremony or reception make sure they stay properly fueled because candles that are put out by the wind or blown out by someone else is said to be a symbol of evil spirits trying to cause trouble.
As crazy as some of these superstitions may be, they still provide the bride and groom to get a little bit paranoid. Which of these wedding superstitions do you believe?