When it comes to wedding traditions there seem to be so many that we follow, but without really knowing why. Why do we put a penny in our shoe or why is a rainy wedding day good luck? We had no clue, so we decided to look them up and share what we have learned.
Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, and a Penny in your Shoe
Wearing “something old” represents the bride’s past, while the “something new” symbolizes the couple’s happy future. The bride is supposed to get her “something borrowed” from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of that person’s good fortune rubs off on her. “Something blue” denotes fidelity and love and a “penny in your shoe” is for good luck and fortune.
Wearing a Veil
This originated in Rome, when a bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.
Seeing Each Other Before The Wedding
This superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about the wedding. Today, however, many couples choose to meet up and even have portrait sessions before saying their “I dos.”
Rain on Your Wedding Day
In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing.
Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold
This superstition began in Medieval Europe where many believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried the bride into their new home.
Whether you believe in the superstitions behind these rituals or not now you at least know why they were done in the past.