For centuries, traditions and customs have circulated through the wedding world, instilling any sort of "Luck" into the arrangement of the couple. Some of the most popular wedding traditions have ranged through many ethnic cultures and customs, such as the groom not being able to look at the bride until she takes her walk down the aisle. But, though others have varied, they all have had one main goal in common, to provide happiness and longevity for the couple. Let's take a look at some of the longest withstanding wedding traditions and customs that spell "luck" for newlyweds.
1) Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (and a silver sixpence in her shoe)
- It was an old victorian rhyme that if followed by the bride, was thought to bring nothing good luck to the marriage. "Something Old" is meant to signify connections to their families, even after they were married. "Something New" signified the couple bringing in a new union that spelled happiness, success and health. "Something Borrowed" was presented as an opportunity for friends and family of the bride to give them a symbol of their love. "Something Blue" signifies fidelity and constancy within the marriage. And as the rhyme ends "a silver sixpence in her shoe" states that when a bride places a copper penny in the bottom of her shoe, her marriage will be filled with nothing but good fortune.
2) Throw the bouquet or garter, first one to catch it is next up to be married!!
-Laced in medieval times, when obtaining any portion of a bride's clothing was considered "lucky", guests of a couple's wedding would follow newlyweds to their chambers and attempt to tear pieces of the brides gown right off of her body! Brides have always wanted to preserve their gowns, so, as an a "getaway" maneuverwould throw their bouquets to distract their guests while she and her groom would briskly run to their quarters. And what about the garter? Well, once the couple were safely confined in their room, the groom would remove his bride's garter and toss it to the impending crowd outside as a way of saying he was about to "seal the deal" .
3) Carry your bride across the threshold of your new home or it's disaster for your marriage!!
- In the beginning, it was believed that evil spirits could enter a bride through her feet, so the groom would carry her inside their home to prevent any spirits from coming in with her. As time progressed, in Europe, it was a scandal for a bride showing excitement for losing her virginity, so, her groom would carry her over the threshold of their home to keep her from appearing to eager. In western europe, brides who tripped over the threshold were though tto bring bad luck to her marriage. So, the groom made sure to avoid this issue, by carrying her over.
4) Wait Wait, don't you dare touch the top tier of that cake!! Save it for your first anniversary.
- Originally it was believed that shortly after a couple was married, they would have their first child. After their first child was born, they would take the baby to be christened and have cake after he occasion. Tiered wedding cakes became popular around the 19th century, and as a result, couples would begin to save the top tier for the christening day of their fist child. It was rationalized as the bottom of the cake for the wedding reception, the middle of the cake for distributing to guests and finally, the top for the christening of their first child.
5) Rain, rain, please DON'T go away.
-Yes, it's a known fact that having rain on your wedding day is considered good luck. Having it pour on your day symbolizes fertility (the bride will have children soon after), a washing away of all the worst times in a couples past, both together and individually, Unity, according to hindu tradition, rain will make your "marriage knot" a little more difficult to unravel (since rope tends to swell when wet, this is the foundation) and finally, renewal, signifying a fresh chapter in the couple's life.
Additional quick "luck" tidbits:
- Finding a spider in a wedding dress is considered good luck according to the English.
- Most popular day to marry? Wednesday. Least popular? Saturday. Which day do you think couples choose most often?
- Purification has been a longtime tradition in weddings, Moroccan women bathe themselves in milk prior to their wedding ceremony.
- Pinching isn't just for birthdays, in Egypt, women pinch the bride on their wedding day to symbolize good luck.