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Now that you've gone through the natural processes, what about the "unnatural" processes...
like the old Greek custom of sticking sugar in your gloves the day of your wedding to sweeten
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.
Weddings can be so tiresome and stressful at times because of the many ups and
downs in anticipation of the big day. Nevertheless, 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 husband-to be
are at the altar and you are not too late for the ceremony.
Watch out for blind guys and pregnant
In olden times, a man 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 person or a pregnant woman on
the way to her house, it was considered a bad
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
happiness 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 wearing 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While veils might seem outdated and even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 juju away. (I
wonder... does this include evil mothers-in-law?
Spiders are good luck.
Find a spider inside your wedding gown be-
fore you walk down the aisle? Shriek all you like
but know that, according to English legend, the
creepy little guy is actually a "best of luck
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. Apparently, if you or your man acci-
dently loses hold of your wedding bands, whoever drops
the ring will be the one to die first. (Right... this is totally
something you want to think about during your marriage
ceremony, as if the stress of everything else wasn't
enough to deal with...)
Your choice of flowers can bring good luck---
Roses symbolize love, which could be why they're so
popular for weddings. But all of you pinning photos of
peonies on Pinterest might want to think twice about in-
cluding them in your wedding décor: Apparently, they
Buy something ASAP.
If you want to have the upper hand in your marriage,
be sure to make a purchase before your hubby does,
says one legend. One way some brides used to 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. (Thank-
fully, most people just tie a pair to the back of their get-
away car now.)
Bury the bourbon.
According to Southern tradition, you can prevent rain
from ruining on 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 in-
stead---especially when you're in the one-month-before
crunch time of stressful wedding planning craziness.)
Let it Rain...or Not.
According to Alanis Morissette, rain on your wedding
day is ironic, but the jury is out on whether or not it's
lucky. Good omen proponents 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)
(The Superstitious list was provided by Cosmopolitian.com)
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