If you are getting married you will know how full of superstition your nuptials can be. There are loads of old wives tales from why the bride has to have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue and why Chinese brides wear red. Here are my top ten superstitions and old wives tales:
1: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
We've all heard that particular rhyme and every bride is reminded of it when she is putting her outfit together but where does the superstition come from? Well there is also a missing line from the famous rhyme which says "and a sixpence for my shoe". The old is supposed to represent the bride's life before she got married and the new stands for her new life with her husband. It's considered good luck to borrow something from someone else, especially if it is another bride. Blue was the traditional colour of wedding dresses before white become popular in the Victorian era and the sixpence well that is for wealth.
2. The groom not seeing the bride before the wedding
It is the cardinal rule of any wedding – the groom cannot see the bride until the moment of the ceremony. In fact great care is taken so this doesn't happen. But why is it bad luck? Well apparently if they see each other it is like they have glimpsed the future before it has happened which is a big no no.
3. Red and gold and their significance in Chinese weddings
It is not just England that has its superstitions and customs surrounding weddings in China because red and gold are said to symbolise good luck the colours are used throughout the ceremony. In fact the bride will wear the colours and gifts of cash are given to the newlyweds in red envelopes.
4. Carrying the bride over the threshold
Back to Britain now and it is traditional for the groom to carry his new bride across the threshold of the new home. This is to protect her from demons that haunt doorways and if the bride were to trip on the way in it wouldn't be a good omen.
5. Why June is so popular for weddings?
It's not just because of the weather that so many couples pick June as their wedding month. In the 15th and 16th Century people traditionally had their annual bath in May so they would still be clean and fresh in June, nice! But it also goes back to Roman times as June is named after Juno who was the goddess of the hearth and home and is also the patron of wives.
6. The weather
Every bride wants a sunny day for their wedding but apparently it is actually good luck if it rains so if there is a shower on your wedding day try not to be too upset
7. A chimney sweep
It's a uniquely British tradition but having a chimney sweep at a wedding is considered good luck. The custom is said to date back to the days of King George III when his life was supposedly saved by a chimney sweep and from then on he declared sweeps to be lucky.
8. Breaking a glass at the reception
In Italy the bride will break a glass at the reception as the number of shards represents the number of years the couple will be together
9. Tying stuff to the car
It may seem like a bit of fun but decorating the car is actually to get rid of evil spirits as loud noises are said to scare them off. And by playing a prank on the couple their friends hope the spirits will leave them alone as they have already been picked on.
10. The veil
Finally why does the bride wear a veil? Well it goes back to Roman times as it was thought she could outwit evil spirits by disguising herself. In some Eastern countries the bride is veiled throughout and the groom is not allowed to see her until they are married. While in a Jewish ceremony there is a ritual where the groom checks that it is the right woman before putting the veil on her face.