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.
26. Slices of cake passed thru the bride’s wedding ring and eaten by the bridesmaids, will bring a husband within a year.
27. A piece of wedding cake should be put under the pillow of a maiden and if she dreams of a man, she will marry him within a year.
28. In some countries, a plain gold ring is baked in the wedding cake, and the maiden who gets the slice with the ring will have the privilege of proposing to a man of her choice.
29. Bridesmaids date from Anglo-Saxon times. It was the bridesmaid’s duty to escort the bride to church, and it was believed that the girl on whom this honor fell would be married within a year.
30. A bridesmaid who stumbles on the way to the altar will die an old maid.
31. It is a custom for the groom to present his attendants with some gift as a souvenir of the occasion. This must be carefully preserved. If lost, the loser is apt to remain unmarried.
32. A diamond engagement ring is especially lucky, as diamonds are considered the highest form of gift, and the sparkle is supposed to originate in the fires of love.
33. A pearl in a ring is unlucky, as pearls signify tears.
34. During the Commonwealth in England, the Puritans tried to abolish wedding rings as being a remnant of heathen practice.
35. The ring, being round and without end, is a symbol of never-ending love and affection that should continue to flow in an uninterrupted circle.
36. If a wedding ring breaks, it is a sign of marital trouble.
37. A wedding ring that has been worn to a thin thread is lucky and brings luck to the wearer’s children.
38. The wedding ring is usually worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. The probable reason is that the left hand is not used as much as the right and the fourth finger is rarely used alone.
39. It was formerly believed that a special artery led from the heart to the fourth finger.
40. A wedding ring rubbed three times on the eye is supposed to be a cure for styes.
41. A wedding ring should be turned around three times if you want your wish to come true.
42. It is unlucky to take off your wedding ring except in cases of necessity.
Months and marriage: Myths, signs & superstitions
Reader question: What is the significance attached to marriage in the several months of the year?
Married in January’s hoar and rime,
Widowed you’ll be before your prime.
Married in February’s sleepy weather,
Life you’ll tread in time together.
Married when March winds shrill and roar,
Your home will be on a distant shore.
Married beneath April’s changing skies,
A checkered path before you lies.
Married when bees over May blossoms flit,
Strangers around your board will sit.
Married in the month of roses — June,
Life will be one long honeymoon.
Married in July with flowers ablaze,
Bittersweet memories on after days.
Married in August’s heat and drowse,
Lover and friend in your chosen spouse.
Married in September’s golden glow,
Smooth and serene your life will go.
Married when leaves in October thin,
Toil and hardship for you gain.
Married in veils of November mist,
Fortune your wedding ring has kissed.
Married in days of December cheer,
Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.