Author : Wedding Photography Select
Article Date : 12 May 2015
Don't let the groom see the bride before the ceremony! Don't get married on a Saturday! Don't accept knives as a wedding gift!
In the run up to your wedding, you will be inundated with advice based on old wives tales and superstitions, some are useful, and some are just plain weird.
Here is our pick of the good, the bad and the ugly!
The goodSomething old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, this has become a mantra for most brides on their wedding day. The origin of the superstition is obvious: the 'something old' represents the bride's past; 'something new' represents the future; 'something borrowed' should be loaned by a happily married person, in the hope that their good fortune will rub off on the newly wedded couple; and 'something blue' is a nod to the commonly held belief that blue symbolises love and fidelity.
When you leave the church as a married couple, the church bells will ring out loudly behind you. It was believed that the loud noise would ward away evil spirits and keep the couple safe.
A rainy wedding day is considered to be good luck in many different cultures, as the rain washes away all sorrows and replenishes the spirit of the bride and the groom.
The badEvery couple knows the old rule that the groom shouldn't see the bride before the wedding. But do you know where this tradition originates? Way back in the olden days, fathers would broker strategic marriages for their daughters in order to improve the family's prospects. The bride and groom would not necessarily know each other before the wedding day, and the bride's father would be worried that the groom may change his mind and back out on the deal if the bride was not attractive enough. Hence this enduring rule!
Feel free to request that expensive knife set on your wedding list, but be warned, a wedding gift of knives symbolises a broken relationship. To offset this bad luck, pay the giver a penny, that way the knives were a purchase, not a gift.
According to this old rhyme, you should get married on any day but a Saturday (or a Thursday, or a Friday. )
The uglyAccording to old English folklore, it is good luck for a bride to find a spider in her wedding dress on her big day. Maybe not so lucky for those suffering from arachnophobia.
In Catholic tradition, if you see a nun or a monk at the wedding, you will be cursed with infertility. unless you make a generous donation to charity.