When thinking about wedding traditions and superstitions, the forever famous: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” comes to mind and there are so many more out there. But what do they mean?
1. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”
Each “something” carries a significant trait. Something old signifies your past, and the new signifies a happy future for the couple getting married. Something borrowed should come from a happily married couple so that their good luck and fortune may rub off on the newlyweds. Lastly, something blue signifies fidelity and love. All of the little something’s carry just a sweet sentiment.
2. The Veil and Blusher
While we think that veils are a gorgeous way to round out a bridal look, they do carry an interesting history. Originally they were worn with the blusher covering the face so that evil spirits or curses cannot reach the bride. Occasionally the entire bridal party would wear them to confuse and misdirect the evil spirits. Today, most brides ditch the blusher and just wear the veil over their back or even lose the idea of a veil all together. Either way, you will still shine as a bride.
3. Ringing Bells
The first thing that comes to mind is the “I Can Hear the Bells” song from “Hairspray” when mentioning church bells. But, similarly to the veil loure, they have an interesting background. Church bells are a tradition for Irish weddings to scare away evil spirits to ensure the newlyweds a happy and harmonious life together. Today, some brides even have a small bell wrapped into their bouquet as a reminder.
4. Carrying a Bouquet
And now that you mention flowers, why do brides carry them? It was believed by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians that carrying strongly scented herbs and spices ward off bad luck. The idea of flowers symbolizes new beginnings, hope, fertility, and a happy future.
5. Crying on Your Big Day
At first, this may seem like a bad thing, but letting it all out before you walk down the aisle ensures that she has shed all of her tears and will ensure happiness in your marriage.
6. Rain on your wedding day
While this might seem like a worst case scenario, it actually brings good luck to the couple. It also stands for fertility and cleansing.
Overall, some traditions and superstitions have some interesting backgrounds. And while the significance of each may not seem entirely important today, they definitely pair nicely with a beautiful wedding.