Shower Superstitions

During each of my showers, I kept hearing about some of the superstitions surrounding bridal showers. Some I had heard before, while some were new to me. Either way, they were fun to contemplate! Here are a few that came up.

Break a Ribbon, Have a Baby

I explained this superstition to Mr. Plane on the way to our first shower. He thought it was pretty goofy, but you better believe he did everything in his power to avoid breaking any ribbons!

Finally, one of the last gifts we opened at the first shower, I ripped right through a piece of ribbon on purpose. Oopsies! Sorry, Mr. Plane—more babies for us!

Keep Those Ribbons for Good Luck

Ripped or not, they say it is good luck to collect the ribbons from your bridal showers and create a “ribbon bouquet” to use during your ceremony rehearsal. After two showers full of ribbons, I have a beautiful bouquet to carry the day before the wedding.


My bow-quet! Mr. Plane thinks it’s tacky, but I think it’s beauteous! Thanks, MOH Morticia, for putting this together!

The Order of Gifts

These are some that I had never heard before. For luck, the first gift the bride opens should be the first one she uses in her home. The third gift, however, might cause some anxiety among guests, as it is said to dictate the next person to have a baby!

I didn’t know this until after all the gifts were opened, but those third-gift-givers better watch out!

Give a Penny with a Knife

Mama Plane gave us one of our Wüsthof knives at our first shower, and on the box she had taped a penny. I looked at her and said, “What’s the penny for?”


As the tale goes, it is considered bad luck to give a gift of a knife—you are essentially inferring that you wish for the relationship to be severed by the blade. In order to avoid this, money (normally a penny) is usually included for the recipient to “buy” the knife from the giver—that way it is not a bad-natured gift, but a business transaction.

I’ve always thought superstitions are fun, even though I don’t necessarily believe in them—I’m more of an “everything happens for a reason” type of gal. At this point in the wedding planning, though, I feel like I can use all the luck I can get!

What superstitions did you observe at your bridal showers? Any that I forgot here?


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:46 pm

    Oh my, love the 3rd gift superstition and the knife with a penny.

  2. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 4:52 pm

    I gave Mr. Jet a Wusthof knife for Christmas a few years ago and was advised by a few people not to! Oops… ;)

  3. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 4:58 pm

    I just learned of the blade superstition last week! I asked my friend for a nickel after she opened her blender, haha.

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    LA Family Portraits, Guest @ 5:25 pm

    Superstitions are fun! Thanks for reminding us of these!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:41 pm

    I hadn’t heard those last two superstitions, these are so fun!

  6. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:00 pm

    Lol, Mr. Palm Tree thought my ribbon bouquet was going to be my actual bouquet for our wedding and was terrified. ;)

  7. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 pm

    Wow I’d never heard of any of these! Although I didn’t really have a traditional wedding shower, so I guess that makes sense. I love the one with the penny and the knife!

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    bracelet 278 posts, Helper bee @ 9:27 pm

    I never heard of the first two superstitions (but I also didn’t have a shower), but I’ve heard of the knife one. My mom gave us a big knife without the penny anyhow. ;)

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    William James, Guest @ 11:07 pm

    I have never heard such superstitions, that was really interesting and different……

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    fridaythe13bride 291 posts, Helper bee @ 11:23 pm

    I didn’t know about the ribbon until after opening! Thank goodness I only cut open 2 – 2 kids is perfect!

  11. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 am

    I’ve never heard any of these. Pretty cool!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:19 am

    I’ve only ever heard the ribbon ones, but the 3rd gift and the penny with the knife?! I think superstitions are fun too, even if I don’t believe in them. :)

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    BigJohno 36 posts, Newbee @ 7:38 am

    Superstitions are fun!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:58 am

    I’ve never heard of these either! What a fun post, Miss Airplane!

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    canway11 406 posts, Helper bee @ 4:34 pm

    I introduced the ribbon bouquet to my fam in MN this weekend at my sister’s shower. I did not know it was a superstition but did know it was a tradition.

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