Bride And Groom In A Field

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We're all familiar with a few of the superstitions that surround the ancient tradition of marriage. Some people take them more seriously than others, and some superstitions are scrupulously adhered to even though in this day and age, few know what they really mean!

In many cases, superstition has become tradition. Here's a look at a few of the popular myths and magical stories to do with weddings, which you may or may not want to take on board for your own celebrations.

1. Certain Colours Are Luckier Than Others

According to various old superstitions, some wedding dress colours signify more luck and happiness for a couple than others. However, you only need to look around the world at the varieties of cultures and the colours of gowns they choose to see that the shade of the bridal gown has nothing to do with that! Breathe a sigh of relief and feel comfortable wearing whatever shade you desire on your big day.

2. Wedding Veils Protect You From Evil

Some old tales depict wedding veils not just as fashion statements, but necessary garments to protect brides from evil spirits, ghosts and more. These days, just as many brides opt to go without a veil, so you be the judge! 

3. More Evil Spirts

Superstition also dictates the act of a groom carrying the bride over the threshold protects her from being exposed to evil through the soles of her feet. While this doesn't tend to be a worry in modern society, the act of sweeping a bride off her feet still seems pretty romantic.

4. Rain On Your Wedding Day

Some folklore suggests that rain on your wedding day is a good thing, signifying fertility and cleansing. Contrasting tales say it foreshadows all the tears you will cry over your marriage in the future, but we think that rain or shine, what matters is that you're enjoying one of the best days of your life with your loved one!

5. Marry on the half-hour

Chinese tradition states that a bride and groom should marry on the half-hour, not on the hour so that they begin their married life when the hands of the clock are moving up and not down.

6. Never Marry In May

Back in ancient Roman times, May was considered the unluckiest month of the year as it coincided with the festival for the dead - there's even a nursery rhyme to back it up: "Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day"...

7. Never Turning Back

It is bad luck for the bride to turn back once she has started her journey to the ceremony. If something has been forgotten, one of her attendants should return for her.

8. Trash The Dress?

Guests in ancient times would tear off part of the bride's gown as a tokens of good luck, leading to the tradition of the bride throwing both her garter and her bouquet

9. Resist the final check

It is bad luck for the bride to see herself in the mirror once fully dressed in her bridal attire. For those who believe in this superstition, take one last look at yourself without your shoes on, or remove a hair clip or earring. 

10. Travel by boat

It is good luck for the bride to travel over water on her way to the wedding.

11. Sacred Ground

Before the church declared marriage a sacrament, couples looked to marry at sacred places, such as a hilltop or cliff, where the earth meets heaven.

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