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.
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
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