Over our last two posts, we have covered wedding traditions and superstitions with a modern twist. Typically we have focused on the DJ, but we have taken a different path here. In the final part of this series we wanted to discuss a few that didn’t make the cut. During our research, we found the following wedding traditions and superstitions that still hold up today and some that have fallen out of practice.

  • What Time To Have The Wedding: Weddings that take place at the bottom of the hour are considered good luck as the hands of the clock are on an upward sweep.


  • Leaving Home: A bride should leave her home through the front door, exiting with her right foot to set a path of luck. Put your best foot forward!


  • Crying on Your Wedding Day: A bride that cries on her wedding day is supposed to have shed her last tear, so it is considered to be lucky. Cry away brides; Just be sure to have some Kleenex, our DJs always carry extra, or a cute hanky. Also, waterproof mascara.


  • Not Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding: The couple could not see each other for fear the groom would reject the bride during an arranged marriage. This superstition carries on today despite few arranged marriages.


  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Traditionally bridesmaids wear identical dresses in an effort to confuse evil spirits that would attack the bride.


  • Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue: 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.


  • Ringing Bells: Bells are traditionally chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life. Some Irish brides even carry small bells in their bouquets as a reminder of their sacred wedding vows, and they are a common gift for newlyweds. A good MC can play bells as well!


  • Saving the Top Tier of the Wedding Cake: It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. Since the top tier of the wedding cake was almost always left over, couples began to see the christening as the perfect opportunity to finish the cake.


  • 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.


  • Rain on Your Wedding Day: In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing. Not a bad way to start out your marriage! And believe it or not, it can make for some beautiful pictures!

These are some of our favorite wedding traditions and superstitions! What’s yours?

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