Wedding Myths

Welcome to Hitched myths. There are many wedding myths and superstitions that pass through generations, with no one quite knowing where they've stemmed from! Some are supposed to mean good luck, others bad ... but how do you tell the difference? Like all superstitions wedding myths have no factual basis but for some, it's important to be aware... just in case!

Before The Wedding

Sign your married name before the wedding:

It is considered bad luck for the bride to sign her married name before the wedding as it tempts fate.

The bride shouldn't make her own dress:

For every stitch of the wedding dress the bride sews herself she'll shed one tear during her marriage.

The Wedding Dress

Married in White You have chosen right.

Married in Blue Your lover is true.

Married in Pink Your fortunes will sink.

Married in Green You will not long be seen.

Married in Red You'll wish you were dead.

Married in Yellow Ashamed of the fellow.

Married in Brown You'll live out of town.

Married in Grey You'll live far away.

Married in Black You'll wish you were back.

The Wedding Day

Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday's the best of all.
Thursday brings crosses,
And Friday losses,
But Saturday - no luck at all.

On the way to the church:

It is fortunate for a bride to meet a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black cat on her way to church: but a pig or funeral are bad omens, and country brides fear the crowing of a cock after dawn of the wedding day. It is also fortunate that if on the journey to the church the bride sees a policeman, clergyman, doctor or a blind man. The groom should give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the church for good luck.

Wearing pearls:

To some, pearls represent future tears and are a bad sign. However, to others, the wearing of pearls takes the place of the bride's real tears, thus she'll have a happy, tear-free wedded life.

Dropping the wedding ring:

This is a contradictory wedding myth. The positive myth is that dropping the wedding ring during the ceremony shakes out the evil spirits. The negative aspect, is that whoever drops the ring is said to be the first to die.

Time of day to get married:

The couple should exchange vows as the clock's minute hand is "ascending towards heaven" (i.e. upwards).

Seeing the bride:

It is good luck for the groom not to see the dress before the wedding day. It will bring more luck if he does not glance at the dress as the bride walks down the aisle.

After the wedding

Dominating influence:

If a bride wishes to be the dominating influence in her married life, she must be the first to buy something after the marriage. The best way to ensure this is to buy a pin from the chief bridesmaid when changing into her travelling costume. (Sorry grooms we don't think a round of drinks counts!)

Removing the pins:

A bride should throw away every pin when removing her dress and veil, or she will be unlucky.