Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
Meanings of Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
This is an old saying and maybe some modern day brides still consider following this old tradition.
Wearing ‘something old’ is meant to represent the bride’s past.
Wearing ‘something new’ is meant to help with the couple’s happy future.
Wearing ‘something borrowed’ is meant to be from a happily married person and hopefully the luck will rub off on the new bride.
Wearing ‘something blue’ is meant to signify love and fidelity.
Wearing A Veil
This is an old custom that started up in Rome, Italy. The bride feared evil spirits were jealous of her so she disguised herself from them to elude any hostility which they could bring on her. And all this time, I thought it was to hide her beauty from everyone and surprise her groom when she lifted the veil from her face.
Knives As Wedding Gifts
Folklore suggests that giving a knife or knives means a broken relationship and is apparently bad luck to give as a wedding gift. If you feel superstitious, give the gift giver a penny (five cent piece will do) This is believed then, to be a purchase.
Carrying The Bride Over The Threshold
This primitive fallacy started in medieval Europe where most people believed that a bride was extra susceptible to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. By the groom carrying his bride into their new home, it was thought that this prevented taking evil spirits inside. Some people think it is quite romantic and that the groom is showing his bride that he is going to take care of her.
Crying On Your Wedding Day
Supposedly, it is meant to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day. It represents that she has shed all her tears; therefore, she will have none left to cry during her marriage. So, cry all you want but be sure to wear only waterproof mascara.