Despite Saturday being the most popular, Wednesday is considered the luckiest day to marry.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ and in our experience, most brides still like to tick these boxes for luck. Throughout history and around the world there many other interesting superstitions and traditions surrounding the wedding day.
Here are a few of our favourites:
- Engagement rings and wedding rings are commonly worn on the forth finger of the left-hand because it was believed this was the location of a vein which travelled straight to the heart.
- Not sure most of us would want to but finding a spider in your wedding dress on the day of the wedding is actually thought to be lucky.
- When shopping for your wedding rings you could consider Sapphire as this is supposed to symbolise happiness, whereas pearls are thought to be unlucky as the shape is reminiscent of a tear.
- The groom is traditionally supposed to carry the bride over ‘the threshold’ this is to protect the vulnerable bride’s feet from evil spirits thought to be lurking beneath and prevent her from bringing them into their home.
- According to folklore it is bad luck to gift knives as wedding presents as they are thought to represent a broken relationship. If these are on your gift list just give the giver a penny to make this a purchase instead, bad luck overted.
- In Greek culture a bride traditionally carried a sugar cube to sweeten the marriage, In the past this was often hidden in a glove, nowadays brides quite often have little wrapped sugar cubes tied into their bouquet.
- Rain on your wedding day may not be ideal, especially if you are opting for a beautiful marquee in the garden. However, in many cultures this is considered lucky as it symbolises fertility and cleansing.
- Wearing a veil was thought to disguise the bride from evil spirits which were jealous of her happiness and of course, her husband who wasn’t supposed to see her until the marriage was complete. The un-veiling of the bride was to symbolise that she had changed hands; from her father, to her husband.
- Despite Saturday being the most popular, in old English tradition Wednesday is considered the luckiest day to marry.
- The ancient roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the home and childbirth, could this be why June is the most popular month for weddings?