"Very Superstitious": Exploring Wedding Superstitions

With our beloved San Francisco Giants competing tonight in a winner-takes-all World Series game, this has our minds over here at The Lighthouse thinking superstitions. As you likely well know, baseball is a game chock full of superstitions (think beards, smelly "lucky" socks, rally caps). A more personal case-in-point: tonight, none of my family members will be invited to watch the game at my house again as our record with them there is 0-3 this post-season. SORRY, MOM. SORRY, DAD. Last night was just too painful. 

Anyhow, this got me thinking about wedding superstitions and the roots of their existence. WHY do we partake in some of the traditions that we do? Is it because of our culture and heritage? Is it out of habit? Or is it because we are too superstitious to tempt the hands of fate? 

Cue the music! 

Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" via YouTube. Music courtesy of Motown Records.

Anyhow, I thought it might be interesting to explore some of these "superstitions"!

1. Seeing the bride before the wedding is “bad luck”: As far as I know, this belief stems from ancient times and arranged marriages. The groom wasn’t to see the bride before the wedding so he couldn’t say something like, “Oh no, she’s ugly. I don’t care how many goats her dad gives me, I’m not marrying that.” Therein causing bad fortune for the family. 

Image via The Fun Times Guide

It has become increasingly popular these days, however, for couples to partake in a "first look", so I am thinking this is a superstition on the decline! When I married my husband, we went the more traditional route and he didn't see me on wedding day until I walked down the aisle (though I don't suppose it was because he was afraid of what I looked like....or so I hope).

A few adorable "First Looks" courtesy of Bridal Guide.

2. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…and a silver sixpence in her shoe”: All of these items are seen as good luck tokens—each representing something. The “something old” is supposed to symbolize the bride’s past and her family, while the “something new” represents optimism for the future. Ideally, the bride would get her “something borrowed” from someone who is happily married in hopes some of that fortune rubs off on her. The “something blue” stems, most probably, from Roman times—brides wore blue as a representation of love, purity and fidelity. And lastly, the sixpence coin is a token of financial security.

Photo Courtesy of: The Marin Studio

Photo Courtesy of: The Marin Studio

The above photo is of the bottom of my wedding shoe. As you have probably gathered by now-- am quite superstitious myself! 

Many couples these days seem to like the challenge of incorporating these elements into the wedding day. In fact, the "something blue" has even had quite the effect on style! I don't think anybody minds this superstition much ;)

3. Rain on the wedding dayDepending on who you ask this can be either “good” or “bad” luck. In many cultures, most recognizably in Hindu tradition—rain is considered good luck because a “wet knot is harder to untie.” Some think of rain on wedding day as a symbol of the many tears a bride will cry during her marriage.
 

Image via Metrolic

Image via Metrolic

It did rain on MY wedding day and, I may only be three years in but, so far so good! :) Our wedding and reception was scheduled for indoors so I didn't mind the rain much--in fact, I felt as though the weather added a romantic feel to the day! 

Some lovely couples making the most of the rain:

So what about you guys? Are you feeding into any of these wedding-related superstitions? Do you have any quirky ones of your own?