Wedding Superstitions

Wedding traditions and practices are not without superstitions and these range in all aspects of the wedding be it the attire, the jewellery, the date, pre and post wedding ceremonies and what not.
It is widely believed that a bride should never let a female friend try on her engagement ring because by doing so the friend may steal her fiancé. Also the ring should never be taken off from the bride-to-be’s finger and if at all it is taken off it should be by placing two fingers end to end and sliding the ring from the left hand finger onto the right hand finger.
Some consider it good luck if the bride helps in the making of her wedding dress while some consider it bad luck. Also it is considered bad luck if there is a tear in the wedding dress the day before or on the day of the wedding. Practically, it is bad luck as it adds o the stress but otherwise can it really affect someone’s married life?
All brides wear a veil which is lifted by the groom and in doing so it symbolizes the bride leaving her father’s household to join her husband’s home. It is believed by some that the bride is made to wear a veil so as to protect her from any evil spirits lurking around. Also the bridesmaid are to surround the bride so as to confuse the spirits as to who the actual bride is .
Many superstitions surround the date, day, month and weather on the day of a wedding. Many weddings take place in June. It is said that in June on the day of the full moon is most prosperous and long lasting union of all. The most common day of a marriage is Saturday because it is convenient for guests. If the weather is sunny it is considered lucky for the couple while if it is rainy the couple will be blessed with fertility and good fortune. Alternately some people believe that rain on a wedding day symbolises bad luck and a short marriage.
It is commonly believed that a groom should not see the bride on the wedding day before she begins her walk down the aisle as it can lead to bad luck. It is considered good luck if the bride takes one last look in the mirror before heading to the ceremony but she should leave behind any minor item like a flower or a pin as she shouldn’t be fully clothed. Also once she’s taken that one last look coming back again to recheck herself will lead to a lot of bad luck.
Part of the wedding ceremony is throwing the garter by the groom and tossing the bridal bouquet by the bride. Throwing the garter originated in France wherein pieces of bridal attire were considered lucky. Nowadays the groom removes the garter from the bride’s leg and tosses it to single men. Whoever catches it is believed to get married next. Similarly which ever girl catches the bouquet thrown by the bride is presumed to be next in line for a wedding.
After the wedding ceremony has finished there is yet another superstition when it comes to the bride having to cross the threshold to the bridal chamber. One superstition started by the Romans was to ensure that the bride is carried by the groom so that she doesn’t stumble and bring the newly weds bad luck. Another superstition has it that newly weds are very susceptible to evil spirits so the groom carrying the bride will ensure her protection. Another variation is that in the past it was considered lady-like for the bride to appear to resist the groom so as not to give herself away completely so when the couple reached the threshold to the bridal chamber it was customary for the groom to carry the bride to encourage her .
Thus there are numerous beliefs when it comes to what it good and what is bad for a couple to be wedded, currently being wedded or just married. Giftsmate wishes all newly weds a lot of good luck!

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