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The Meaning Behind 6 More Wedding Superstitions
Last week, I discussed six wedding superstitions that are not as well known as “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It turns out that there are many more traditions, superstitions and premonitions that surround weddings. Here are six more wedding superstitions you may not have heard of!
1. If a couple’s two last names start with the same letter, it’s bad luck.
According to an old Victorian rhyme, if you and your spouse-to-be share the same last initial, you may be in trouble: “To change the name and not the letter/Is to change for the worst and not the better.”
2. The ring finger is a love line.
Why is that diamond engagement ring and those wedding bands worn on the fourth finger of the left hand? People once thought that a vein in this ring finger led directly to the heart - which is a romantic sentiment to think about as you and your spouse exchange matching wedding rings.
3. Spiders are good luck.
If you find a scary eight-legged creature on your wedding day, ponder this before running away in terror: spiders are a “best of luck omen” according to English legend. So finding one in your wedding attire or on top of your matching wedding rings would be an excellent sign!
4. Marrying in May is bad luck.
Spring weddings may be a popular trend now, but an old marriage rhyme warns against May nuptials: "Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day."
5. Bury the bourbon to let the sun in.
According to Southern tradition, burying a bottle of bourbon one month prior to the wedding will prevent rain from bringing down the party. (You may not want to tell too many people where it’s buried in case they want to drink your good weather guarantee!)
6. Cake brings you together.
Sharing a little sweetness is good for your unity as a couple, according to one wedding superstition. A couple cutting the cake at the same time represents their shared future.
Before you walk down the aisle, find your perfect pair of matching wedding rings.
4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Diamond Rings
You and your spouse will wear your engagement ring and wedding rings day in and day out. They are among your most prized possessions, and you’ll rarely, if ever, take them off. Even though your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands mean so much to you, have you taken the necessary steps to take care of them?
Think about the work your hands do on a daily basis. Think about all the situations your diamond rings are exposed to. It’s time to give your wedding rings the attention they deserve. Follow these ring care tips to ensure your rings’ safety and to have them looking brand new for years to come.
1. Insure Them
Wedding rings have great sentimental (and monetary) value. Most people want to make sure these rings last a lifetime, and you might even want them to last several lifetimes so you can pass the rings down to future generations. One way you can safeguard your investment is to purchase ring insurance. However, you need to make sure you understand the policy and its fine print. For instance, some jewelry insurance policies won’t cover ring repairs.
2. Clean Them
Get all that grime off those rings and make them shine! You can take your rings to be professionally cleaned by a jeweler, you can buy jewelry cleaner at the store, or you can simply soak your rings in warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. After the rings have soaked for a while, scrub off all the dirt with a soft toothbrush. If you have a diamond ring, you can also soak it in equal parts ammonia and cold water for half an hour. Be aware: this method can damage your rings' stones if they’re not diamonds.
3. Keep Them Safe
This probably goes without saying, but you should be cautious about what you do with your rings. For instance, never remove your diamond rings in a public restroom where you could accidentally knock them down a drain or leave them sitting on the edge of a sink. You should also avoid doing rough work while wearing your rings. For example, if you know you’re going to be doing yard work or changing the oil in your car, take off your precious rings and store them in a safe place. Also, avoid exposing your rings to harsh chemicals like bleach, which can dull the finish.
4. Inspect Them
Every year, you should take your diamond engagement ring and wedding bands to your local jeweler to have it inspected. The jeweler will be able to make sure there are no loose prongs and that your diamonds aren’t loose, which means you won’t have to frantically search for a dislodged diamond. Plus, your jeweler will usually clean your rings up for you!
Do you have an anniversary coming up? Consider getting a new set of matching wedding bands to commemorate the occasion!
The Meaning Behind 6 Wedding Superstitions
Quick! How many wedding superstitions can you think off of the top of your head? You probably at least thought of one, right? The first one that pops into my head is the groom not being able to see the bride before the wedding.
Here’s another common one: having the bride wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Those are two that most of us still follow today, but there are some older wedding superstitions that may have you scratching your head. Ever wonder where these superstitions come from and what they mean? Let’s find out...
1. Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding
You’re not supposed to see each other before the bride makes her aisle debut. Believe it or not, this superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages. People believed a meeting before the wedding might cause the wedding to be called off. Of course, some couples still practice this superstition, but others are now seeing each other before the ceremony for wedding photos.
2. Blind Men and Pregnant Women
This is another superstition that dates back to the time of arranged marriage. During this time, the groom would send a family member or friend to meet the potential bride. However, that friend or family member had to watch out for this bad omen: seeing a blind man or a pregnant woman on his way to meet the bride.
3. Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Each of these items represents something for the bride. “Something old” symbolizes the bride’s past, and “something new” represents the couple’s anticipated bright future. Superstition states that the bride receive her “something borrowed’ from a friend or family member that is already happily married. The bride’s “something blue” signifies love and devotion.
4. Dropping Your Rings
Don’t drop those matching wedding rings! This is another strange superstition: whoever drops a wedding band first will be the first to die, so make sure you and your partner hold onto those rings tightly!
5. Wedding Dress Colors
Most brides wear white or some shade of off-white, which has something to do with the purity of white and what it signifies. But did you know that other dress colors can signify the happiness of your marriage? Check out this superstitious rhyme: Married in red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in pink, your spirit will sink. Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
6. The Wedding Veil
Wedding veils are beautiful, but they’re also extremely useful, according to an old superstition. In Roman tradition, veils are used to ward off evil spirits who are jealous of the bride’s happiness. Just think about that the next time you’re considering forgoing the veil.
Are you getting ready to walk down the aisle? Make sure you have picked out the perfect set of matching wedding rings!
NEW: Create Your Own Diamond Engagement Ring
Do you have a style that’s hard to define? Have you been searching through websites and catalogues for the perfect diamond engagement ring without any luck? If you know exactly what you want, but you haven’t been able to find it, then you’re in luck.
Instead of settling for a ring you don’t love, why don’t you create the ring of your dreams yourself? Now you can create your own perfect fit with the new My Trio Rings custom ring feature! You can also use this brand new feature to create all the diamond rings you’ll need on your special day by building your own trio ring set. The possibilities are truly endless; here's how it works:
1. Choose the type of rings you'd like to browse from our category pages. Click the “view customizable rings” button on the top right of the page.
2. First, you’ll choose your preferred stone cut. You can choose between a round cluster, a princess cluster, a round solitaire, a princess solitaire, and a fancy cluster.
3. After you pick your stone cut, you can choose how big or small you’d like the head to be. For some stone cuts, you simply pick small, medium, or large. For others, like round solitaire, you’ll pick the head according to carats.
4. Next you’ll get a list of all our pre-existing rings that match your desired stone cut and size. From there, search the list and find the one you like.
5. After you’ve found a ring you like, you can click on it and select whether you want white or yellow gold, 10K gold or 14K gold.
Ta-da! You’ve now created the exact ring you've been dreaming of. It’s really that simple. Think about all the different types of rings you can create: a 1 CT. round solitaire with 10 white gold, a 5/8 CT. princess solitaire with yellow 14K gold, or even a 1/2 CT. oval cluster diamond with 10K white gold.
What are you waiting for? Customize your perfect diamond rings.
Engagement Proposal Traditions from Around the World
When you think of a marriage proposal, what immediately comes to mind? Probably the same things that come to mind for most other Americans.Typical proposals in the US involve getting down on one knee and presenting your sweetheart with a diamond ring, but have you ever thought about what the rest of the world does when proposing marriage? There are a range of different traditions from around the world. Let’s take a look at how our customary approach compares to the engagement proposal traditions from other parts of the world:
After a Japanese couple is engaged, it’s customary for the families of the engaged couple to exchange nine gifts, including a folded fan and kelp. This exchange of gifts typically happens at an elaborate engagement ceremony, which is called the “yuinou.” In Japanese culture, marriage isn’t just about the commitment between two people; it’s also about the connection between two families.
In Spain, a man will present a diamond ring to his love in much the same way an American man would. It’s what comes next that’s a little different. After the proposal, the woman will go and find an engagement wristwatch for her fiance.
In Germany, you’ll find both the man and woman wearing an engagement ring on their left hands. (The practice of a man wearing an engagement ring is not altogether uncommon in America. Learn more about the rising popularity of mangagement rings.)
After a couple becomes engaged in Egypt, both the man and the woman wear rings on their right hand to signify their engagement. After they’re married, they move the rings to the left hand.
In Pakistani culture, the family of the bridegroom proposes to the family of the bride. In very traditional families, it’s possible that the potential bride and groom aren’t involved at all. If the bride’s family accepts the proposal, a party is thrown where the groom-to-be formally proposes to the bride-to-be.
In some tribes in Kenya, engagement proposal traditions involve a strand of beads. A man will send the beads to the woman he would like to marry. To accept the proposal, the woman simply keeps the beads. If she sends them back, she rejects the proposal.
If you’re interested in mangagement rings, be sure to check out our other blog post about the subject!