It’s strange to think that so many of us still stick to quirky old wedding traditions and superstitions despite being brought up in an overly modern society. We’re not saying tradition is necessarily a bad thing, we’re just saying that it’s interesting to take a step back and see where they all began from, don’t you think? Here are a few that we’ve come across during our research, but if there are any more you know of, then do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. It is believed that the bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony because back in the olden days, the groom had to keep his right hand free to fight off any other potential suitors. Seems a little ridiculous to us, when you could simply instruct your best man to do the job for you.
2. An engagement ring containing a pearl is said to bring bad luck to the bride because its shape echoes that of a tear. We just don’t see it.
3. According to folklore, if single women sleep with a slice of (any) groom’s cake under their pillow then they will dream of their future husbands. We better go get ourselves some cake…
4. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. Because water’s just not good enough.
5. The white wedding dress trend was started off in the western world by Queen Victoria in 1840. Before this, brides simply wore their best dress. We hear the Japanese were ahead of Queen Victoria with this one.
6. According to an old wives’ tale, if the younger of two sisters marries first, then the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband. We imagine this is just so she grabs the attention of potential male suitors.
7. Instead of rice, newlyweds in Czech are greeted with Peas being thrown at them. Ouch!
8. Apparently, finding a spider in your wedding dress means good luck. Did they make this up just so the bride wouldn’t feel bad?
9. The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that by wearing a veil, brides were protecting themselves from evil spirits. And, they have been wearing them ever since. They’ve even become quite a fashion statement too, not bad we say.
10. The idea of a stag party was introduced by ancient Spartan soldiers who liked to kiss their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party. Here’s a tradition we don’t see ending anytime soon.
11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father, and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never go without. This is kind of sweet don’t you think?
12. If it rains at an Indian wedding it is said to be a sign of both fertility and wealth. Now there’s a clever way to get the guests to stop moaning.
Article reference: Huffington Post