It’s Friday the 13th and although it is lucky for some, many people are superstitious by this date.
To keep in with the whole superstitious day, here are some wedding traditions, superstitions and interesting facts;
- The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth – hence the popularity of June Weddings.
- The Phrase “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe” symbolizes continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, fidelity and wealth or good luck respectively.
- Wedding rings are often placed on the third finger of the left hand because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that hand ran directly to the heart.
- Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
- Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Yet it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!
- Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed 300 pounds!!
- Ancient Norse bridal couples went into hiding after the wedding and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine for 30 days or one moon – which is how the term ‘honeymoon’ originated.
- Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
- Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring was a whopping three and a half-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.
In Great Britain it was considered good luck for the bride to kiss a chimney sweep on her wedding day. He supposedly had special powers and when he cleans the chimney, he also sweeps away evil spirits.
- Wedding bells are an important symbol of a wedding. Traditionally it was believed that demons were scared off by loud sounds, so following a wedding ceremony anything that could make a noise was used to create a diversion.
- One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.
- In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness. A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck as its shape echoes that of a tear, and Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.
- A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without.
- Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to a Hindu tradition.
- Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands a feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.
- The phrase ‘tying the knot’ initially came from an ancient Babylonian custom in which threads from the clothes of both the bride and groom were tied in a knot to symbolize the couples union. Literally tying some type of ceremonial knot at a wedding ceremony can be found across cultures.
- After a Jewish wedding, the groom stomps on a glass which is wrapped in a cloth while people clap and shout congratulations (‘Mazel tov!’). The broken glass symbolizes the frailty of human happiness or perhaps the destruction of the Israelite temple in A.D 70. Some Jewish husbands argue that it means they will have the authority in the house.
- The superstition that the groom must not see his bride before the wedding stems from the days when marriages were arranged and the groom might never have seen the bride. There was the chance that if he saw her, he might run. Other sources say that to see the bride in her dress is peering into the future, which can bring bad luck
- Green is typically not worn at Scottish weddings because it is the colour of fairies and an omen of revenge. It is considered unlucky to even eat green vegetables at a wedding.
- The English believe a spider found on a wedding dress means good luck!
The Sheridan is always here to help with all multicultural wedding requirements. We can help with the any traditions you would like for your wedding. Why not contact our Wedding Coordinator now on 0161 203 5444 and we can make your wedding perfect just for you!