Popular Wedding Superstitions

Many superstitious beliefs about weddings are a part of tradition with a great deal of them dating back to the Roman Empire and Victorian England. From choosing your wedding dress to crossing the threshold, the most popular wedding superstitions are related to rituals that bring good luck!

Bride’s Attire

According to a well-known Victorian rhyme a bride should wear “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”. While the “old” symbolises her past life and the family, “new” stands for the happiness in her future life with her husband. She should also “borrow“ something from a happily married friend or family member to inherit some of their good luck, incorporate “something blue” to ensure enduring love and have “a sliver sixpence in her shoe” which refers to  wealth. It is also believed that wearing white at your wedding means that you have found the right man and it is considered as bad luck if the groom sees you in the dress before the wedding. The tradition of wearing a veil originates from the old Romans who thought that this will protect the bride from evil forces.

Throwing The Bouquet

The tradition of the bridal bouquet is also a heritage from Victorian times and it is believed that the flowers will bring luck to single girls and help them find their future husband. First bouquets were made from flowers and herbs or spices such as garlic because it was believed that the strong odour will distract evil spirits. Since each bloom had its own symbolism, the choice of flowers was very important. Roses were considered as the most appropriate option for brides as they stand for love and happiness, lilies represent beauty and youth, while peonies were associated with shame and bashfulness.

Crossing The Threshold

Traditionally, the groom should carry a bride across the threshold as it is said that he will thereby protect her from evil. It was believed that evil demons lived in the doorways and that if the bride tripped over a threshold the couple would have bad luck in their marriage. It was also thought that the bride was vulnerable and exposed to evil forces, especially through her feet, so the groom should protect her by carrying her into the house.

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