Superstitions and Your Wedding

  • By offthechartentertainemnt
  • 22 Aug, 2017
Superstitions and Your Wedding
Will you be tossing your bouquet? All of these are based on beliefs from a bygone era. Here are some of the most popular.
Are you superstitious?Chances are you think you’re not, but did you know that many of the traditions that we observe at our weddings are rooted in superstition of yesteryear? Will you be wearing something blue at your wedding? Will you be tossing your bouquet? What about after the wedding? Will your beloved carry you over the threshold? All of these are based on beliefs from a bygone era. Here are some of the most popular:
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
    This is an old Victorian rhyme, and it’s something that many brides still do today! What is the meaning behind all of the items that she must carry or wear? The “something old” is symbolic of the bride’s connection to her natural family, even as she goes off to start her own. “Something new” signifies the newness of her marriage. Carrying “something borrowed” means that you have a good friend or family member who is willing to lend you something, and since the color of the sky and robins’ eggs stands for fidelity, wearing “something blue” is meant to assure your husband that you’ll be his ‘til death do you part.

  • The Bouquet and Garter Tosses
    Back in the olden days, it was considered good luck for wedding guests to get a piece of the bride’s gown. Since brides did not want their gowns torn to smithereens, it became popular for them to throw their bouquets into the hungry crowd to distract them while she made her getaway. The tossing of the garter has just as crude a background; after the married couple got home, the groom would toss the bride’s garter out as a symbol of having removed her gown... and everyone knew what was going to happen next. Some bridal couples are choosing to forego this tradition and hold an anniversary dance instead, but many weddings still feature the bouquet and garter tosses.

  • Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold
    This tradition started in ancient times, when the threshold of the door was supposed to be a place where evil lurked. In order to protect his bride, the valiant groom would whisk her over and away from the threshold in his arms. During medieval times, the tradition was carried over, but for a different reason: No bride wanted to be accused of being eager to consummate her marriage. In order to assure everyone that it was really the groom’s idea, he would carry her into the home. Finally, as times progressed, some believed that it would be bad luck if the bride were to trip and fall on her way over the threshold, so the groom took on the responsibility for getting her into the home safely.
If you are planning on upholding these traditions, they will become a treasured part of your wedding memories. Knowing where they came from is just part of the fun!
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