Wedding Day Superstitions and Traditions
|The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses.
|Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night. Someone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower.
|The person who gives the third gift to be opened will soon have a baby.
|Save the ribbons from the shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal.
|Certain days of the week, and certain months of the year are better than others for a wedding.
|Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday best of all,
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all
|Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true,
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
FOR A LUCKY BRIDE
And a lucky sixpence
In her shoe.
|Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, you will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.
|seeing a rainbow
having the sun shine
meeting a black cat
meeting a chimney sweep
|a pig, hare, or lizard running across the road
seeing an open grave
meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness
|If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.
|The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall – hence the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold.
|The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.
|If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.