Like many important life occasions the wedding day is steeped in superstitions and old-wives tales. We are rational human beings and therefore do not hold with superstition and old-wives tales…..except that when we spill salt we still throw some over out left shoulder, avoid walking under ladders and take a sharp right or left turn when a black cat walks across out path…..but we don’t really BELIEVE that bad luck will fall upon us if we don’t do these things, do we?
Hmmm….I’m not sure so just to be on the safe side, consider these superstitions associated with one’s wedding day. There are some, of course, that everybody knows:
- A groom should not see the bride on the wedding day until she walks down the aisle.
- For luck a bride should wear ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’.
- A bride should have a penny in her right shoe when she walks down the aisle for good luck. Others superstitions and old wives tales can be found in poems handed down through the ages:
Concerning the day of the week a wedding should be held:
“Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday best of all,
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all.”
Concerning the month of the wedding:
“Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true, When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man. Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day. Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go. Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.”
Ok, let’s recap. The ‘luckiest’ time to get married is on a Wednesday in January, April, September, November or December…..at least according to these old poems. And according to this little ditty, you’d better where either white of blue:
“Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.”
Now that you have the month of the year, the day of the week and the color of
your dress down, what else could go wrong?
Well if you should see a pig, a monk or nun, that doesn’t bode well for you and if
the groom should drop the ring the marriage will be doomed from the start.
The bride entering her new home by any way except the main entrance is very
bad luck and if she should trip and fall, that would be even worse luck….that’s
where carrying a bride over the thresh hold came from, maybe?
A bride can court good luck by:
- Letting a cat eat out of her left shoe exactly one week before her wedding.
- Making her own wedding dress.
- Find a spider in her wedding gown.
- Look only once at herself in a mirror after she is dressed for her wedding and not look back.
- Wear earrings at her wedding.
- Cry on her wedding day to ensure that she will never cry again.
- Step into the church with her right foot first.
- Step into her new home with her left foot first.
- Be certain that wedding vows are not said at the bottom of the hour.
- Do not carry a red and white bouquet….it symbolizes blood and bandages.
This certainly doesn’t cover all of the superstitions and old wives tales concerning the wedding and wedding day…but it’s a start. Better safe that sorry.
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