10 Lucky Wedding Customs The many customs surrounding matrimony are part of the general happiness of the event, and they’re all about…more
10 Lucky Wedding Customs
The many customs surrounding matrimony are part of the general happiness of the event, and they’re all about good luck .
- June has been a popular month for weddings for the last 2000 years. In
roman mythology, the goddess Juno was the devoted wife of Jupiter – and June was her month. Weddings held then were in her honour, and she blessed them.
2. Why should a bride carry “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? The “something old” should be an article which belongs to or belonged to a happily married old woman. Her good fortune would rub off on the “something new” – the bride. The “something borrowed” should be gold, which represents the sun and the source of all life. Finally, the color blue signifies respect and faithfulness – as in “true blue.”
3. Bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed siimilarly to the bride and groom in order to confuse evil spirits, who could not abide to see two people so happy together. Apparently, the evil spirits of ancient Rome were easily duped.
4. For good luck, a bride should be the first to cut her wedding cake. The groom gets his hand in as a sign that he expects to share in her good fortune. Then all the wedding guests take home a slice to have a little taste of good luck for themselves.
5. Rice is thrown at the bride and groom as a fertility symbol to give them good luck in having children. ( The Romans used to throw nuts and sweets at the bride, and the Saxons would scatter wheat and barley for her to walk upon.)
6. An engagement ring is a diamond because its sparkle has always been believed to be the fire of love. And so long as it would sparkle, love would never cool. The diamond unites passion and constancy.
7. The wedding ring, like the engagement ring has been worn on the fourth finger of the left hand for millennia. It derived from the belief that t here is actually a “love vein” that runs directly from the heart to the finger. A ring prevents the heart’s sentiments from escaping.
8. We say, in slag, that two people “tied the knot.” Once upon a time, a bride and groom really did tie a knot in a cord or ribbon as part of the ceremony. Or she would arrive at the altar with an untied shoe, and he would tie the lace as part of the ceremony. Knots were also tied in the bride’s bouquet as a way to keep the day’s good wishes from escaping.
9 . The term “honeymoon” derives from the Teutonic custom in which the bride and groom drank mead for one month or “moon” ( a lunar cycle is 28 days) after the wedding.
10. A bride is carried over the threshold to her new home in order to keep her from tripping – a terrible omen. Why would she trip? Because of those evil spirits, of course: they might be lurking at the door-way, hoping to trip her up.
If you abide by these customs you will definitely have Good Luck.
March 3, 2013
All the best and Good Luck,
Sheila, Robin, Amy