Sunday, February 02, 2014
REVEALED: 10 Wedding Day Practices That Are Actually Superstitious AndThe Reasons Behind Them
Getting married is considered one of the biggest steps in a lot of peoples lives; and for the bride especially, the wedding day is assumed to be the most special day of her life.
However, a lot of practices tend to take place at weddings, so much that we see them more as normal traditions instead of questioning their origins.
Below are the most common and surprising wedding superstitions and the reasons behind them;
The bride must wear a veil: 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.
You both must not see 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."
When it rains on your wedding day: In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing.
If you receive knives as wedding gifts: According to folklore, a knife signifies a broken relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding gift. If knives are on your registry, just give the gift giver a penny. That way it's a purchase, not a gift.
Your bride must be carried over the threshold: This superstition began in Medieval Europe where many believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried the bride into their new home.
When a spider rests on your wedding dress: Finding an eight-legged creature on your gorgeous gown might seem like a wedding-day nightmare, but English lore claims that finding a spider in your wedding dress is a good omen.
You should not use your married name before the wedding: Some think it is tempting fate for the bride to write out her married name or monogram before she's actually married, and that the wedding will not take place if she does so.
Don't cross the path of a nun or monk: A bride who sees a nun or a monk on the way to her wedding is said to be cursed with a barren life dependent on charity.
Throwing the bouquet: It is believed that anyone that catches the bouquet when the newly married woman throws it is next in line for getting married. It doesn't matter if the person is ready or not.
Crying on your wedding day: It is supposed to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day because it symbolizes that she has shed all her tears and will not have any to shed during her marriage. So go ahead and get teary-eyed. Just be sure to wear some waterproof mascara.