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The Meaning Behind 6 Wedding Superstitions

wedding superstitionsQuick! 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!

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