by Celia Mulder
The Bride Wore White
The origin of the white wedding dress hails back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who would dress brides in white to symbolize youth and purity. Though the white dress was abandoned for a while, it came back into style in 15th century England as a symbol of virginity. But as with the rainy day, the wedding dress color means different things across different cultures. These days any color is fair game and it’s not even bad luck to wear black to a wedding!
Not Seeing Each Other Before the Ceremony
Believe it or not, this tradition started to prevent the groom from changing his mind before the wedding. To which we say "..." Even after that superstition was abandoned, it was still considered bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other prior to the ceremony. Today, however, we can finally accept that this is not the case. First looks are a great way for couples to get lots of photos before the ceremony, allowing them more time to relax with their guests at the reception. Some couples still chose to keep the surprise, of course, and nothing beats the look on the groom’s face when he sees his bride walking down the aisle, but it won’t doom your marriage to have a sneak peek.
The Rainy Day Wedding
Every culture has something different to say. Rainy days are bad luck. Rainy days are a sign of life and fertility. If there’s a hurricane or monsoon on your wedding day you’re either going to have a baby in exactly nine months or be in real trouble.
The point is this:
No one can control the weather. All you can control is your reaction to the weather. Rainy day weddings can be absolutely stunning or they can be dismal - it all depends on the attitude of the couple. Also if there is a hurricane on your wedding day, you may what to reschedule.
Some Particularly Weird Ones
It’s good luck to find a spider on your wedding dress. Also to have a cat eat out of your left shoe a week before the wedding. If you’re looking for an extra boost of good luck, you can bury a bottle of bourbon a month before your day.
The groom stands on the right during the ceremony to have better access to his sword - in case he needs to defend his bride from rival suitors.
A bride can meet a lamb, dove, or black cat on her way to church but whoa to the bride who comes across a pig!
Did you know that Saturday is thought to be the worst day to get married? And actually Wednesday is the luckiest? The good news for couples and guests alike is this is not a superstition that has much influence on today’s weddings.
Celia Mulder is the editorial director for Simply Blue Weddings and an event coordinator with Sincerely, Ginger Event Design & Production. When she is not immersing herself in weddings she writes comedy romance novels, makes terrariums, and works on her multitude of creative projects. She loves the moment at a wedding when the bride first sees her vision come to life.