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Latin wedding superstitions

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If you are of a superstitious nature, or just want to bring as much luck as possible to your marriage, 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 Hispanic and Latin 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. In Hispanic cultures a horseshoe should be hung with the gap at the bottom but English-speaking cultures believe that the gap should be at the top to keep the luck in.

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”.

Also in Spain, the bridal party drives through the streets honking the car horns after the wedding to scare away evil spirits.

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

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

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.

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

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