Superstitions are peculiar things. We know that logically then make absolutely no sense but can’t seem to shift that uneasy feeling that folklore is trying to tell us something! Some of these you might be familiar with and others could be new to you but here are just a few weird and wonderful wedding superstitions for all you future brides to fret over or laugh off:
Same Letter, Last Name
If your last names begin with the same letter then you should perhaps reconsider your impending nuptials. According to folklore, it’s definitely bad luck and there’s even a rhyme dedicated to the problem. ‘Change the name and not the letter, is to change for the worst and not the better’. Something to bear in mind or a load of old codswallop?
Avoid the month of May
Apparently ‘you’ll rue the day’ you got married in May. Not quite sure why our ancestors had it in for the fifth month but this rhyme sees fit to offer us this warning for some reason. Thankfully, not many people take much notice because May is a wonderful month to get married. The weather is often lovely and all the blooms are out.
The Colour of your Dress
The colour or shade of the gown you choose has indications for your future happiness. Many brides are choosing to ditch the traditional white but it may serve you to remember this old rhyme:
Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Green, ashamed to be seen,
Pink, your spirit will sink,
Grey, you will go far away,
Black, you will wish yourself back’.
Considering the colour red is seen as extremely lucky in many cultures across Asia and India, you can take this one with a pinch of salt. As to the other colours, most people still choose off-white, cream or ivory which don’t get a mention so we should be safe! Whatever colour you decide on, you’ll be picture perfect. For a Bournemouth Wedding Photographer, visit http://www.nickrutterphotography.co.uk/
In English folklore, finding a spider inside your wedding dress is the ultimate in good luck. If you happen to notice one of these critters before you head down the aisle, scream and jump about all you want but this is one lucky omen.
Research your flowers to make sure you know what they stand for. Roses are a traditional favourite and symbolize love but if you love peonies, you might want to reconsider. Sadly, they represent shame, which is not a sentiment you want at your special day!
According to Tudor tradition, male wedding guests should throw shoes at the newly betrothed couple. This painful sounding activity was supposed to bring good luck. Thankfully, in modern times, we have tweaked this tradition and now it’s customary to tie a pair to the back of the couple’s car. Phew!
Living in Britain, there’s not much we can do about a downpour on our special day so maybe we shouldn’t analyse this one too closely. Some legends say rain on your wedding day is cleansing and boosts fertility while others claim it represents all the crying that will happen during your marriage.