12 Common Wedding Superstitions

A bride and groom walking in a field in the rain with an umbrella.

Unless you’re a highly curious person, you’ve probably never looked into the history of common wedding traditions. Did you know that many of them originated from superstitions? You’ll probably be observing many of these customs already in your wedding celebrations—but if you’re not, maybe add a bit of fun to your special day by doing so! Surely, everyone could use some extra luck in love. But regardless of whether you believe in that sort of thing or not, you might at least find it interesting to hear why we do what we do (and say what we say) at weddings.

1. Don’t Let Rain Ruin Your Day

Although less-than-perfect weather is sure to put a damper on your special day, don’t view it as a bad thing. Rain during a wedding is said to bring good luck and fertility.

2. Don’t Shoo the Spider

If you find a spider on your wedding dress, know that it came to give a blessing. Spiders are considered lucky if found in your home as well, as they’re said to bring prosperity. So, even if you’re bug-squeamish, try not to freak out too much.

3. Wear Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

A bride holding a bouquet with blue and white flowers next to her groom wearing a blue suit.

You might not know the full rhyme, which stems from Victorian-era England: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” It is said that if a bride has all of these on her wedding day, the happy couple will be assured luck in their relationship. Why the odd mix? Something old is a tribute to the bride’s past and something new represents the newlywed’s future. Something borrowed will gift luck from another happily married couple. Something blue is for fidelity and the sixpence is for prosperity.

4. No Knives, Please

When creating your gift registry, skip the fancy knife set. When a couple is gifted knives for their wedding, it’s said to lead to a broken relationship. To be safe, it’s better to leave anything sharp for a personal purchase!

5. Pass on the Pearls

Because natural pearls have a slight teardrop shape, they are said to bring tears and sadness. This is especially true if there’s a pearl on the engagement or wedding ring. Perhaps this story was started to sell more expensive rocks, but in many Latino cultures, this superstition goes way back.

6. Wear the Veil

A bride standing with the groom next to a white picket fence with her long veil blowing in the wind.

Wearing a veil started sometime during the Ancient Greek or Roman period as a means of shielding the bride from evil spirits. Some cultures also insist on wearing a bright red or flame-colored one for extra protection.

7. Skip Saturday

Although Saturday is one of the most popular days for a wedding, it’s actually considered the worst day to get married. Since Saturday is usually the most expensive day to get married as well, you can use this as an excuse to choose a more budget-friendly date. Instead, opt for Monday for health or Tuesday for wealth. Wednesday, however, is the luckiest day of them all and the cheapest, too!

If you want to double up on date-based luck, you can also get married in June, which is the ideal month to tie the knot as it is named after the Roman goddess of marriage. Wondering what’s the worst month? Oddly enough, May. However, there have been plenty of happy couples that got hitched during that month, so it’s unclear how true this actually is.

8. Steer Clear of Nuns

Although it seems counterintuitive, running into a nun or monk on the way to your wedding is a bad sign. They’re a sign of future poverty and infertility. It seems a bit strange, though since many people get married in a church, where you’re quite likely to see one.

9. Bring on the Bridesmaids

A group of bridesmaids toasting with champagne in a hotel room before the wedding.

In Ancient Rome, bridesmaids were a way to confuse evil spirits and disguise the real bride in plain sight. That’s why traditionally, they’re all dressed alike and ideally in a similar style to the bride. But you’re probably not going to worry about that, as there’s no need for superstitions to have a squad.

10. Don’t Go with Green

Although green wedding dresses are supposed to be trendy in 2020, they’re originally considered a bad idea. Getting married in green is said to bring bad luck. It will be interesting to see how many brides will take that risk for fashion.

11. No Peeking

It’s said to be bad luck to see your significant other before the wedding, but that’s actually not true. The reason for this goes back to the time when arranged marriages were the norm, and the rumor was spread to prevent cold feet. So, if you’re superstitious, you can skip out on this tradition, but most couples stick to it anyway as it builds anticipation for the ceremony.

12. The Pick-Me-Up

Seeing a husband carry his new bride over the threshold is definitely at the top of the most romantic scenes in movies. Where did it start? Long ago, it was believed that evil spirits can sneak into the couple’s new home via the bride’s feet. You can always use this as a good excuse for a memorable moment.

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