Bridal Club Magazine
Wedding Superstitions - Believe It Or Not
We have come a long way from the days where superstition
ruled every move an anxious bride or groom made. With all the
anticipation involved in marriage and the significance placed on
creating the perfect wedding, it is no wonder superstitions
developed around the big event. We take a light-hearted look
through the ages at what brides have though would bring good
fortune to the rest of their married lives.
Wedding Dress Woes
For a bride to wear her full bridal attire before the big day was
considered ultimately unlucky. To avoid this she put it on in part
or left a section of the hem unsewn until the morning of her
wedding so that it was technically not complete. To see herself
fully dressed in the mirror on the day was also bad luck - so she
left something off, such as an earring or glove.
Getting To The Church
The bride and groom also traditionally avoid seeing each other on
the morning of the wedding day. This was thought to have arisen
from the times of arranged marriages - the fiancé may change his
mind if she did not take his fancy. Hence, the 'unveiling' at the
ceremony. On departing for the church, the bride should exit her
house out the front door with the right foot first. If the sun
shone on her or she saw a rainbow - then good luck would ensue. If
she saw a black cat, a chimney sweep or an elephant was also
considered fortuitous. Unlucky sights included observing a pig
running across the road. The worst of all omens was to meet or even
see a funeral procession. Death was also foretold if the horse (or
the more contemporary car) refused to start.
Once the ring was put on, extremely bad luck would follow if it
was removed. If the ring accidentally came off, the husband must
replace it on the wife's finger. After the birth of the first
child, some considered it safe to take off the ring, but never
before then. Premature removal was seen to foreshadow the
destruction of the marriage, death of the husband or loss of his
affection. Dropping the ring during the ceremony was also an evil
omen. Whoever dropped the ring, it signalled he or she would be the
first to die. If the ring rolled away from altar steps, this was a
very bad sign, particularly if it rested on a gravestone in the
floor of the chapel. The bride would die early if a person buried
underneath the floor was a woman, the groom if it was a man buried
Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?
The bride must cut the cake first or have a childless marriage.
Every guest must eat at least a little bit of the cake or they
bring bad luck on themselves and the bride and groom To keep her
husband faithful, the bride must keep a piece of the
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