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8 Old Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

8 Old Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

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Even though a wedding is said to be the beginning of a new life, most girls prefer to follow old traditions in their weddings. This does not make the wedding conservative but rather fun. Here are some lovely old gems J

Days and months matter!

Every day is not the same. The bride a boy gets depends on the day of the week he is married on, if old wives tales are to be believed. Here goes the old rhyme.

Marry on a Monday – brides will be healthy
Marry on a Tuesday – brides will be wealthy
Marry on a Wednesday – brides do best of all
Marry on a Thursday – brides will suffer losses
Marry on a Friday – brides will suffer crosses
Marry on a Saturday – brides will have no luck at all

Similarly, every month is not the same. May was the unluckiest month and in Victorian days, churches were busy with weddings in April so as to avoid getting married in May. Here are the rules:

  Marry when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true
When February birds do mate, you may wed or dread your fate
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man
Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day
Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you’ll go
They who in July do wed, must labour always for their bread
Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see
Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine
If in October you do marry, love will come, but riches tarry
If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last

The groom should not see the bride in her wedding dress before the actual wedding. The bride should not wear the complete wedding dress before the ceremony. To get this right, some girls leave a stitch undone that can be done up at the last minute. It is only Queen Victoria who started the tradition of a white wedding dress. Before that wedding dresses were coloured and each colour had significance, though most colours seem to have pronounced doom!! It is also said that bridesmaid are present to confuse thedevil about the real bride and thus wear clothes similar to the bride. Now that dresses are getting coloured again, have fun with this rhyme:

Married in White – You’ve chosen all right
Married in Blue – Your love is true
Married in Pearl – You’ll live in a whirl
Married in Brown – You’ll live out of town
Married in Red – You will wish yourself dead
Married in Yellow – You’re ashamed of your fellow
Married in Green – Ashamed to be seen
Married in Pink – Your fortunes/spirits will sink
Married in Grey – You’ll live far away
Married in Black – You’ll wish yourself back

Things to carry on the wedding day. If you are superstitious and believe in old traditions, this is one tradition you will surely follow. A bride has to carry

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a silver sixpence in your shoe…

Something old is usually an old garter given to the bride by a happily married woman. The ‘something new’ is a gift by one of her bridesmaid usually. ‘Something borrowed’ may be a valuable family heirloom that has to be returned as soon as the wedding’s over. ‘Something blue’ can be a blue ribbon tied around the wrist, and the silver sixpence will ensure the couple had a prosperous wedded life!

A chimney sweep is considered auspicious at a wedding since the days of King George III, who was saved from being thrown by his horse on his wedding day by a chimney sweep.

A bride and groom cut the cake together. The bottom tier is cut first, and the topmost tier is kept or their first child’s christening. If you are single, sleep with a slice of wedding cake under your pillow and lo and behold! You will surely dream of your future husband! A ring is also placed in a wedding cake traditionally and whoever gets the ring will have happiness the coming year.

The groom has to remove the garter of the bride. Some brides make this easy, others make it tough. This garter is then thrown by the groom amidst the unmarried men. Similarly the bride tosses her bouquet over her shoulder at unmarried female guests, who all try to catch it. As the tale goes, whoever catches it is next in line to get married.

The groom wears one flower in his lapel that is in the bride’s bouquet. This goes back to the day of the knights when a knight wore a lady’s colours to proclaim his love for her.

In the Tudor age, shoes were thrown at the wedding carriage and it was very auspicious if they hit the vehicle. Even today, shoes are tied to the newlyweds’ car to ensure good luck.