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Weddings are an ancient tradition and, as such, are surrounded in myth and superstition. While the history may have faded away from the tradition, most brides and grooms adhere to time-honoured rituals without knowing quite why. While some of the classic wedding day protocols have changed slightly since the olden days, others remain the same.

Here's a closer look at a few wedding myths:

The veil protects the bride...

While far fewer contemporary brides wear veils, many women still opt to cover their faces for the sake of tradition, or because they feel it completes the bridal ensemble. Veils were originally worn to ward off evil and hide the bride's beautiful face, lest the groom became jealous. For those superstitious brides-to-be, consider borrowing your veil from a happily married friend. Supposedly, that will give you the best luck in your own married life.   

Thou shalt not be Sseen...

They say the bride and groom shouldn't lay eyes on one another before the ceremony when actually in recent history, the bride, groom and wedding party frequently made the journey to the church together. It was also considered good luck if a black cat crossed your path and bad luck if a pig happened to run out in front of you. This should make us all feel better about scheduling in the photo and video session of the couples first meeting, but wary if you are holding your wedding in the country where pigs may roam free...

Keep track of the rings...

For the modern bride and groom, wedding rings symbolise unending love and we can thank the ancient Greeks for the 'ring finger', as they believed a vein connected the heart to that particular digit. It's also considered bad luck to drop or lose that symbolic band of gold. However there's no need to worry, just don't rush when exchanging the rings, and if you do drop the ring as you go to place it on your loved ones finger polish it off and repeat exchanging of the rings vows.

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