Are you a superstitious person? Do you throw salt over your left shoulder after dropping it or keep shoes off of the table? If you answered yes to any of those questions, and you’re going to be married, you may want to read up on some wedding superstitions. There are old and new wedding superstitions from all around the world. Some make logical sense, and some are nearly insane! English couples sweep chimneys while American brides think spiders in wedding dresses are good luck. Who knew? Read up on the Bridal Guide’s list of superstitions.
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Watch out for blind guys and pregnant women. In olden times, a guy sent a trusted friend or family member to chat with his potential bride as part of the marriage proposal process. But if the person saw a blind dude or a pregnant chick on the way to her house, it was considered a bad omen. A bride who sees a nun or a monk on the way to her wedding is said to be cursed with a barren life dependent on charity. Seeing a funeral procession on your wedding day is also said to be terrible luck.
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Bridesmaids used to wear dresses similar to that of the bride. These days, not many women would appreciate their bridesmaids looking nearly the same as they do on their wedding day. Traditionally, the women all dresses the same to confuse rival suitors and evil spirits. Did you know that veils are also said to ward off evil spirits? According to Roman tradition, hiding the bride’s face was supposed to keep any wicked ghosts and bad juujuu away.
In The Movies
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In the movies, why do brides all get carried into the bedroom after their wedding? You guessed it: Superstition! When a groom carries his bride, he is actually symbolizing carrying her over a threshold. This superstition began in Medieval Europe where people believed brides were susceptible to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried the bride into their new home.
Lauren Chan is the Editor of the Bridal Guide.