Wedding superstitions

horseshoeIf you are superstitious, there are a whole host of superstitions to bear in mind when planning your wedding.

Here is a selection of the most common superstitions in English-speaking and Hispanic cultures. Even though most of them should be taken with a pinch of salt, they are part of our cultural beliefs and it surely can’t hurt to get your marriage off to a lucky start!

The horseshoe has symbolized good luck for centuries, and is often seen as a lucky charm at weddings. English-speaking cultures believe that the gap should be at the top to keep the luck in, but in Hispanic cultures a horseshoe should be hung with the gap at the bottom.

Worrying about the weather on your wedding day depends on your culture: an Anglo-Saxon saying says: “Happy the bride the sun shines on; unhappy the bride that the rain rains on”.

In Spain, superstitious brides take a basketful of eggs to any convent of Santa Clara to ensure fine weather on their wedding day. However a contradictory piece of lore goes “Novia mojada, novia afortunada” or “A wet bride is a lucky bride”.

cansIn many countries, including the USA, shoes and cans are tied to the back of the bridal car to scare away evil spirits, and in other countries, such as Spain, the bridal party drives through the streets honking the car horns after the wedding for the same reason.

A Hispanic superstition: Make sure your groom’s tie is straight throughout your wedding day, as if it twists it means he will be unfaithful.

Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day to marry in English-speaking cultures and Tuesday 13th for Hispanic cultures, who also believe "En martes ni te cases ni te embarques" (“Neither get married nor travel on Tuesdays”).

wedding_riceRice is thrown at weddings around the world as a symbol of fertility and abundance for the newlyweds.

Brides whose families keep bees traditionally tell the bees of the forthcoming marriage and leave them a piece of wedding cake outside the hive.

In countries where the bride changes her surname after marriage, there is an old saying: “Change the name and not the letter, you’ll marry for worse and not for better”.

The bride should not practice writing her new name before her wedding, as it is believed to tempt fate and bring bad luck.

Hispanic brides believe you should never wear pearls on your wedding day. Pearls symbolize tears and will bring you many throughout your marriage.

Good luck is in store for a bride who does not see her groom on the day of the wedding until they meet at the altar. Even if you live together, tradition requires you to each spend the night before the wedding either at home or at your parents’ house.

According to tradition, if an unmarried wedding guest puts a piece of the wedding cake under their pillow they will dream of their future spouse.

Some more wedding superstitions around the bride's clothes and the wedding date.

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