Weddings are designed to incorporate many cultural, family and religious traditions that have been passed down over many generations. Hiding the bride before the ceremony, a floral wedding bouquet and the first dance are just a few of the customs we expect to see at American weddings. Just as many wedding traditions have evolved, there are many weird and wonderful wedding superstitions about the wedding ceremony and the bridal couple.
Here are 5 weird wedding superstitions:
1. Burying The Bourbon
Southern folklore says couples can prevent rain on their wedding day by burying a bottle of bourbon at the wedding site one month before they walk down the aisle. The bride and groom should visit their wedding venue exactly a month before their wedding date and bury a full bottle of bourbon upside down. After the wedding ceremony, the bridal couple can dig up the bourbon and enjoy a toast with their wedding party.
2. Don’t Give Knives As Wedding Gifts
According to European, Asian and South American folklore, a knife symbolizes the severing of a relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding gift. If the bridal couple list knives on their wedding registry, they should give the gift giver a penny so it is a purchase, not a gift.
3. Carrying The Bride Over The Threshold
The superstition of carrying a bride over the threshold into her new home started in medieval Europe based on the Rape of Sabine Women in Roman mythology. Many people believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried his bride into their new home.
4. Spider On Your Wedding Dress
The British believe finding a spider on your wedding dress is good luck In ancient England, the English believed that killing a spider would bring financial downfall. Today, finding an eight-legged creature on your wedding gown might seem like a wedding day nightmare; but it is actually is a good omen. Living spiders are considered good luck in many Asian cultures, and in China, they are a symbol of happiness from heaven.
5. Using Your Monogram Before The Wedding
If you use your married monogram before the wedding ceremony takes place, some people believe you are tempting fate and the wedding may not happen. So you should use your single girl’s monogram for your invitations to your bridal showers and events and save your married monogram for the honeymoon!
Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
Incorporating sweet wedding traditions and weird superstitions into your wedding day is both fun and a wonderful way to personalize your celebration. The bridal couple will want to personalize even a very traditional wedding so that it feels like “them” – a celebration of the new couple, and not an off-the-shelf, interchangeable event
A professional wedding planner can help you customize your wedding with your own traditions and superstitions and create a memorable event that feels like you.