There are many wedding superstitions out there, but trying to keep up with everyone single one of them will only add to unwanted stress on your special day. So we thought we would educate you on some of them and their origins and then let you be the judge of whether or not you decide to worry about them. Because after all it is your wedding and we want you to have the best possible time you can have. Here’s the list, if you want you can even put your own personal twist on them.
1.You shouldn’t see each other before your wedding.
The Origins: This is probably the most common and well known superstition. It came about because back in the old days brides and grooms were not allowed to see each other until the very last second. This had to do a lot with the fact that back in the day a large number of marriages were arranged marriages. Nonetheless this was instated so the groom did not run once he took a look at his to be wife.
Our Advice: Currently this tradition is very popular because it builds to the excitement and anticipation of seeing each other for the first time before you get married. So if you think the extra excitement would be good for you, then go for it! Contrasting to this there are also a lot of the couples who love to hang out before their wedding and find that works for them perfectly. In the end always go with what you feel would complement your personalities the most and make you feel the most comfortable.
2. Carry the bride over the threshold.
The Origins: It was believed by the ancient romans that carrying the bride over the threshold would protect her from evil spirits!
Our Advice: Do it for fun! After you come home from your honeymoon, it might be a nice nod to tradition, and fun way to start your marriage. You could always give it a nice twist and walk in together holding hands, or something similar if you feel like the tradition is outdated.
3. Getting married in May, the 13th, or on a Saturday is a bad idea.
The Origins: Back in the day several different civilizations actually supported the superstition here. In English folklore it is said that Saturday is the unluckiest day of the week. In contrast to this Wednesday is said to be the luckiest. The Romans believed that marrying I May was extremely unlucky. There is actually a nursery rhyme that says, “Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.” And obviously, there’s the well-known unlucky number 13.
Our Advice: This is definitely one superstition that needs to disappear. You already have enough to worry about when it comes to a wedding, you don’t need to start worrying about what day and time of the year you should have your wedding just because of a thousand year old superstition. Figure out what day works best for you based on family, friends, and your personal preference. That way you’re sure to have the wedding of your dreams.
4. Stay away from yellow roses.
The Origins: A popular book, The Language of Flowers, popularized this belief back in the Victorian era. The book which equated flowers with different meanings and words said that yellow flowers apparently represent jealously. Because of this having yellow roses at weddings has been something couples have been straying away from ever since; because jealously obviously isn’t something good for a marriage.
Our Advice: Who cares! If you like a flower and a specific color enough it shouldn’t matter what an outdated book and the Victorians said about it.
5. If you drop the ring you’re dead.
The Origins: Back in the day it was a common belief that if somebody dropped the ring it meant that person was going to die!
Our Advice: Obviously that is a little extreme, and probably wouldn’t really happen! But it does bring to light a good point. Make sure you trust your ring bearer and they hold on to it with their dear life. Dropping a ring might not kill you but you never know what could happen.