From the traditions to the superstitions the bride makes every effort to ensure that her marriage will be perfect from the beginning, until they part in death.
When considering the ‘good-luck and bad-luck’ a few common traditions are often present in one way or the other in the life of the bride and groom to be; and as crazy as it sounds many times the whole period of time between engagement and wedding is conditioned by them.
For example from the engagement moment the bride to be must keep the ring on her finger at all times. It is believed that by removing your ring before the wedding day—for any reason—is bad luck. In fact, some have stated it’s a breaking of bonds and commitment, which will encourage a change of heart after marriage on either party’s side.
The initial curse of not marrying anyone whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name is perhaps one of the most stupid traditions. (Example: Smith cannot marry Saunders)
The ring should be worn on your right left finger. That is said to be because your “ring finger” is crossed by the same vein that runs directly through your heart signifying that your heart is spoken for.
It is perhaps the most common superstition not to see your groom before the wedding. It is considered bad luck to see each other from midnight of the night before until the bride enters the sanctuary where you will make your vows.
The groom should be at the place of ceremony before the bride arrives and should enter it with “right foot first” to ensure a rightful marriage.
If the bride passes a cemetery with an open grave on the day of her wedding it is considered to be bad luck but if the bride cries on her wedding day, it is a good sign for it means love and devotion.
What if the groom is nervous and drops the ring? Not to worry, if your groom drops the ring it is considered “a good sign”!
Tradition says that ceremonial vows need to be exchanged before dusk and that the flower girl who marks the way of the bride with petals signifies a fertile blessing for the couple.
Some very old superstition still haunts the European countries saying that if you marry before an older sister, she must dance barefoot on the first dance at your wedding or she will never marry.
The list can continue with the brides not being allowed to sew their wedding dress, or wear pearls because they are a sign of sadness, and of course the tradition of sharing the first slice of cake is a must for the young couple.
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