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Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Weddings are absolutely brimming with wacky rituals and arcane customs. Today’s brides almost need to arm themselves with a three page list of do’s and don’ts involving countless pennies and bells and leap years to keep luck on their side!  Although the original substance is often lost, we still incorporate old world customs into our weddings, keeping to traditions. Here are the specific and vitally significant meanings which today’s wedding traditions still bear.

Bridal Attire

Wedding Dresses
are traditionally white. In older times virginity was held as the highest virtue in a bride and white was the symbol of purity and virginity. Brides would wear this colour to declare themselves as such.

The Bride’s Veil
was thought to disguise the bride from evil spirits. It was also considered bad luck for the bride to be seen by the groom before the ceremony. The bride therefore hid her face by the veil until the vows were exchanged and the groom could kiss the bride.

The Bride’s Handkerchief
used in early times to collect the bride's wedding day tears. They were considered lucky and if kept, thought to bring rains for crops.  A crying bride on the wedding day traditionally foretold that she'd never shed another tear about her marriage. Wedding hankies are sometimes passed down from mother to daughter keeping them symbols of sentiment and emotion.

Something Old,
Something New,
Something Borrowed
and Something Blue
Tradition dictates that a bride should wear one of each of these on her wedding day.

Something Old represents the link with the bride’s family and honours her past. Something New represents new beginnings, good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something Borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed.Something Blue is the symbol of faithfulness and loyalty. Often the blue item is the garter. Today many brides wear a blue satin garter, which comes from ancient Israel, where brides wore a blue ribbon to signify "fidelity.
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