Ancient and old wedding myths, superstitions and signs of good luck
1. Sprinkling the bride with wheat is a lucky sign. It takes the place of rice in some places. Both are considered emblems of fruitfulness.
2. In some countries, it is customary to throw money over the heads of the bride and groom as they come out of church — it ensures fortune.
3. Flinging the stocking was an old custom on the bridal eve. The young men took the bride’s stockings and the girls those of the groom, and threw them over their heads. If they fell upon the bride or groom to whom they belonged, the thrower was sure to be married soon.
4. It is considered a sign of good luck if the bride does not walk into the groom’s house, but is lifted over the sill by her nearest relatives.
5. It is lucky for the bridesmaids to throw away a pin on the wedding day, and unlucky to be stuck with one.
6. It is considered unlucky for a pair to be married in a church if there is an open grave in the churchyard.
7. It is unlucky to be married in green.
8. The wearing of orange blossoms at a wedding ensures good luck.
9. It was formerly considered unlucky if the bride did not weep at her wedding. It portended tears later on.
10. A storm with thunder and lightning is a bad omen during a wedding ceremony.
11. To marry a man whose name begins with the same letter as one’s own is sometimes considered unlucky.
12. If a younger daughter chances to get married before her older sisters, the older girls should dance at her wedding barefoot.
13. A clot of soot coming down a chimney at a wedding feast is a bad omen.
14. If the bride accidentally breaks a dish at the wedding feast it is a bad sign.
15. A bird dying in his cage on the day after a wedding is a bad sign. A bird sitting on the window sill chirping is a good omen.
16. It is unlucky for a woman to read the marriage service entirely through. She will never get a husband.
17. Bees should be informed that a wedding is in progress and their hives decorated. It brings good luck.
18. If at the wedding dinner an unmarried person sits between the bride and groom, it means that there will soon be another wedding.
19. Marriages on the last day of the year are considered lucky.
20. June is a popular month for marriages among Americans and Europeans. Some authorities believe that June’s having the longest day of the year is symbolical of a long and happy marriage.
21. A wedding on St. Valentine’s Day or another popular holiday, indicates a happy union.
22. Being married during a thunderstorm is a sign of bad luck. If the sun shines right after a storm, the auspices are good for a happy union.
23. Getting married on Sunday is a sure sign of a fortunate union. Friday is a bad day on which to get married. Other days of the week are about equal in their effect upon the destinies of a married pair.
24. A marriage during a heavy snowstorm is considered lucky; although the contracting parties may never be wealthy, they will be happy.
25. Bride cakes, or wedding cakes, are a survival of an ancient Roman custom. When a wedding was solemnized, the bride and groom ate a cake of wheat or barley in the presence of ten witnesses. The crumbs were carefully preserved by the unmarried women present to ensure their getting husbands.