Wedding myths have been around for centuries, but do you trust them? Weddings are full of hype and excitement for everyone involved, for most brides this begins at 5 years old when they first hang a pillow case off their head like a veil. Anything surrounded by this much hype and excitement also brings a lot of myths with it, and weddings are no different. These all leave room for wedding mythology. These are all folklore, passed down from generation to generation. These myths can often be contradictory, holding both positive and negative connotations. So let’s take a look at some of them.
Depending on what you’re told by past generations of friends and family, wearing pearls on your wedding day can have two completely different meanings. Some say that wearing pearls on your wedding day represents future tears and symbolizes trouble and bad luck in your marriage. Some believe wearing pearls brings good luck by replacing the bride’s real tears, bringing her a happy and tearless wedding. It is supposed to bring bad luck if the bride makes her own dress, with people believing she will shed one tear for every stitch she sews. I bet you’re glad now you never learnt the skilled art of dressmaking! Wearing a white dress on her wedding day is supposed to bring good luck to the bride. As I’m sure you know a white dress symbolizes a bride’s purity and virginity. What you may not have known however is that it is also believed to ward off any evil spirits which may surround the bride on her wedding day. The most famous myth is that the groom is not supposed to see the bride before the big day. Many see this as just a superstition, but is it one you are prepared to take a chance on? Seeing the brides dress before the wedding is meant to bring a year’s bad luck. However, it’s also said to be bad luck if the groom doesn’t glance at the bride as she walks down then isle.
Bridesmaids are not even safe from wedding myth, as it is believed that the bridesmaids have to keep the colors they are wearing a secret from anyone outside the bridal party. If they do, it is believed to bring the married couple bad luck. On the day of the wedding, it is believed it is believed to be lucky for the bride to meet a dove, spider, lamb or a black cat on her journey to the church. Meeting a pig or funeral processions are seen as bad luck for the bride on her big day. If you are a bride living in the country, you may want to fear a crowing cock after the dawn of the wedding day as this is deemed to be a bad omen. If you see a policeman, doctor, blind man or a member of the clergy on your journey to the church, it’s believed to be good luck. In keeping with old tradition, the groom is supposed to give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the church for good luck.
Take time and think which myths you chose to believe or not. You may even just have a laugh to yourself while reading these. Hopefully you have all the luck you need for on your big day!