Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, especially what my wedding dress would look like. Growing up, I always knew that there were certain traditions and superstitions that were involved with a wedding ceremony. For example: “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”! But, why those things? Why the color blue? I have my own personal thoughts on each of these, but I wonder who started them all? No one ever told me the answers to my questions, so I assumed, this is how everyone planned their weddings and got married. As I was online this morning, brainstorming ideas for a new blog post, I came across Martha Stewart and an article she had written about superstitions and traditions explained! I am happy to share with all of you my findings about what you need to know about traditions and those superstitions that we all know and love! Here are a few examples that Martha Stewart talks about in her article!
Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
“We’ve all heard this common rhyme used when someone gets married, but what does it mean? Wearing “something old” represents the bride’s past, while the “something new” symbolizes the couple’s happy future. The bride is supposed to get her “something borrowed” from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of that person’s good fortune rubs off on her. “Something blue” denotes fidelity and love.”
“This custom originated in Rome, when a bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.”
Seeing Each Other Before The Wedding
This superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about the wedding. Today, however, many couples choose to meet up and even have portrait sessions before saying their “I dos.”
In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing. This couple’s wedding was interrupted by a torrential downpour, and nine months to the day of the wedding, their daughter was born.
I also found some interesting facts on The Knot website!
It’s Got a Ring To It
“15. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.”
“19. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.”
“46. The bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.”
“47. On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.”
“48. Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest “marriage” days in Las Vegas — elopement central!”
Read more: Wedding Traditions & Superstitions: 50 Wedding Facts & Trivia – Wedding Planning – Wedding Customs http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-customs/articles/50-wedding-traditions-superstitions-facts-trivia.aspx#ixzz2pvACyUzW
I hope you have enjoyed reading some of the traditions, superstitions, and interesting facts about weddings! Share some of your family traditions, if you have anything different that has been passed on in your family for generations, we would love to hear them!
Monica B. Trevino
The One Bride Guide