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eddings can be so tiresome and stressful
at times because of the many ups and
downs in anticipation of the big day. Nev-
ertheless, the aim is to have a perfect day and
eliminate any worries, so you make sure the cake
doesn't melt, the drinks are cold, the food is warm,
your dress is pristine and fits beautifully, your
guests are comfortably seated, your bridal party is
all set and ready to go, the pastor and your hus-
band-to be are at the altar and you are not too late
for the church.
You've gone through the natural processes, so
what about the unnatural processes like sticking
sugar in your gloves on the day of your wedding to
sweeten your union (Greek culture)? Or what about
praying for rain on your day to receive good luck?
There are many superstitious rituals or beliefs that
are associated to weddings that may or may not be
true, so for fun let's take a look at some of them and
see if any sound familiar to you.
The Superstitious list was provided by Cosmopoli-
Watch out for blind guys and pregnant women.
In olden times, a guy sent a trusted friend or family
member to chat with his potential bride as part of
the marriage proposal process. But if the person
saw a blind dude or a pregnant chick on the way to
her house, it was considered a bad omen.
Don't get married in May. Another marriage
rhyme of yore warns against weddings in the fifth
month of the year: "Marry in the month of May, and
you'll surely rue the day.
Your wedding dress colour can predict the hap-
piness of your marriage. While many women are
swapping out the classic white dress for other hues,
brides-to-be might want to think twice before wear-
ing the following shades, which are warned against
(once again) via rhyme:
Married in red, you will wish yourself dead, (we
know this one is really a myth because many wed-
ding dresses in China, India, Pakistan and Vietnam
are red, a traditional colour of good luck), married in
yellow, ashamed of your fellow, married in green,
ashamed to be seen, married in pink, your spirit will
sink, married in grey, you will go far away, married in
black, you will wish yourself back.
The wedding veil offers protection. While veils
might seem outdated and even silly nowadays,
they're supposed to ward off evil spirits, according
to Roman tradition. By hiding the bride's face, the
veil supposedly keeps any wicked ghosts and bad ju-
ujuu away. Does this include evil mothers-in-law?
Spiders are good luck. Find a spider inside your
wedding gown before you walk down the aisle?
Shriek all you like but know that, according to Eng-
lish legend, the creepy little guy is actually a "best of
Hungry cats---also good luck. One of the more
outrageous superstitions says that having a cat eat
out of your left shoe one week before the wedding
is good luck.
Don't drop the rings. Because you'll die. Appar-
ently, if you or your man accidently loses hold of
your wedding bands, whoever drops the ring will be
the one to die first. Which is totally something you
want to think about during your marriage ceremony.
Your choice of flowers can bring good luck---and
bad. Roses symbolize love, which could be why
they're so popular for weddings. But all of you pin-
ning photos of peonies on Pinterest might want to
think twice about including them in your wedding
décor: Apparently, they represent shame.
Buy something ASAP. If you want to have the
upper hand in your marriage, be sure to make a pur-
chase before your hubby does, says one legend. One
way some brides used to do this? They bought a
small item off one of the bridesmaids right after the
ceremony. Sneaky, sneaky.
Let people throw shoes at you. Tudor custom
mandates that wedding guys throw shoes at a
newly married couple for good luck. (Thankfully,
most people just tie a pair to the back of their get-
away car now.)
Bury the bourbon. According to Southern tradi-
tion, you can prevent rain from ruining your wedding
day by burying a bottle of bourbon exactly one
month before your nuptials. (But you might want to
chug that sweet, sweet alcohol instead---especially
when you're in the one-month-before crunch time of
stressful wedding planning craziness.)
Let it Rain...or Not. According to Alanis Moris-
sette, rain on your wedding day is ironic, but the jury
is out on whether or not it's lucky. Good omen pro-
ponents say some nuptial drizzle can be cleansing,
unifying, and fertility-boosting, while others say the
rain represents all the ugly-crying you'll do during
your marriage (single tear).
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Schedule your wedding-day-hair-ap-
pointment at least eight weeks in ad-
vance. This will give your hairstylists
enough time to prepare themselves to
give you undivided attention for your
comfort needs and your hair. It will also
secure your date and time in the event
that another bride should book with the
same stylist on that day. Make an ap-
pointment one month before the wed-
ding date for a bridal trial. Take photos so
you will be able to re-create it on the day
of the wedding.
Ask for more than one stylist to help
with the bridal party. Three stylists for a
party of six is the best bet for staying on
schedule. Bring a picture of your dress
and your headpiece, tiara and/or veil with
you to the hair trial. Remember, this is a
specialty service and is best left for the
salon expert if you desire to get an intri-
For brides that are brunette a fresh
colour can be applied one week before,
whereas bottled blondes or redheads
may prefer to have their roots coloured a
day or two before the wedding to ensure
their colour is bright and fresh.
With regard to cutting your hair you
don't want to do anything drastic or com-
pletely different just before your wed-
ding, a quick trim should do the trick. In
saying this, make sure that whatever you
do to your hair, it will work with the way
you want it on your wedding day. Don't
get your hair done too early on your wed-
ding day, don't wear it pulled back too
tightly because your scalp may hurt or
you can get a headache if you wear a
killer updo for too long.
re-wedding beauty treatments are very important. From getting
facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and choosing how to wear
your hair. This can be stressful for any bride so I suggest you make
these appointments in advance to save time on the day of the wedding.
Your hair however, will be the centre of attention, and with all the photo-
graphs being taken, you want your hair to be carefully styled so that it
does not go limp in the middle of the ceremony or on the dance floor.
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