Wedding Superstitions

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When it comes to Weddings, everyone’s superstitious. Even if you’re the kind of person who walks under ladders, you don’t “Knock on wood”, you can bet that, when your wedding day dawns, noone could stop you from needing something old and donning something blue. That’s just the beginning!

Where do these traditions stem from?  Some can be traced back to Roman & Anglo Saxon times, some to Victorian rhymes and others to folklore that has been passed down through the generations.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue!   ‘Something Old’ signifies that the Couple’s friends will stay with them.  ‘Something New’ looks to the future for health, happiness and success. ‘Something Borrowed’ is an opportunity for the Bride’s family to give her something as a token of their love (it must be returned to ensure Good Luck), and ‘Something Blue’ is thought lucky because Blue represents fidelity and constancy.  All of these are to do with bestowing good luck and fertility on the happy couple.

Flowers are always a big feature at Weddings. The Groom wears a flower that appears in the Bridal Bouquet on his jacket. This comes from the Medieval times where a Knight wears his Lady’s colors as a declaration of his love.

The Wedding Cake was once lots of little cakes that were broken over the Bride’s head to bestow good luck and fertility.  Today’s 3-tier Wedding Cake is based on the unusual shape of the spire of Saint Bride’s Church in London. The newly-weds make the first cut to signify sharing their life. Every guest than eats a piece to ensure good luck.  The throwing of confetti represents fertility. Handfuls of grain or nuts were traditionally thrown because they are ‘life-giving’ seeds. In some European countries, eggs are thrown instead. AHHH!!

It’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day!  In some cultures rain is good luck, and can represent cleansing or stronger unity in the marriage. This idea comes from a few cultures that a wet knot is harder to untie. Since marriage is often referred to as tying the knot. Rain was also a symbol of fertility to agricultural societies, since rain restored and maintained the wellness of crops. Crops were peoples main source of stability and income so it was thought to guarantee a long happy marriage!

Even though these traditions and superstitions are modified today, like blowing bubbles instead of seeds, we still follow these old guidelines when planning a wedding.


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