A wedding is one of the most important events in the life of a woman (and she hopes for her new husband as well!). Thus, a wedding and all things related to it is often subject to the peering eyes of a few older people who believe that certain superstitions should rule the event and its preparation.
There are a lot of superstitions identified with different steps of the wedding preparation and the ceremony itself. Here are some of them.
Before the wedding ceremony
While most couples live in before they get married, the old age belief that the groom should not see the bride before the ceremony still holds true. Seeing the bride before the ceremony can mean bad luck not only for the groom but for the marriage.
Something old, new, borrowed and blue
The belief that the bride should wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue is all expected to bring good luck to the union. The bride should wear something old as a symbol of continuity like sometimes, her mother's wedding gown. Something new should symbolize good luck for the bride and optimism for her new life. Something borrowed should remember a bride that she has her family and friends to guide her while something blue symbolizes fidelity and love.
Bridal bouquet and garter
It is a long standing practice that the female members of the bride's entourage should line up and hope to catch the bridal bouquet. Whoever catches the bouquet is next in line in marriage. The same thing holds true to the male guest who catches the bride's garter.
Throwing of rice, carrying of the bride
Guests throw rice to the couple as they depart from the wedding venue not for anything else but to bless them with fertility. The groom is supposed to carry his new bride into their home to prevent her from stumbling over. A bride who stumbles over their home can face bad luck.
The bride is not allowed to try on her wedding dress before the wedding because it is bad luck. However, it can mean good luck if the bride does find a spider on her wedding dress the day of the wedding. The bride can glance at herself in the mirror when she is all dressed up but only once. Glancing at the mirror twice can mean bad luck.
Bridesmaids and best man
There is a slight similarity to the dresses worn by the bride and the bridesmaid so that the evil spirit gets confused about the bride's real identity. The same thing goes for the groom and the best man who wear almost the same suit. On the other hand, the groom should make sure he does not return to his home the moment he has left it for the wedding ceremony as it is bad luck.
There are plenty of superstitions that can make or break not only your day but also your wedding. To avoid spoiling the fun of preparing for your occasion, it is best to avoid people who worship superstitions as if they were the rule of life.