wedding superstitions in different countries

5 Types of Wedding Superstitions from around the World

Hello there, readers! While our heading speaks of wedding superstitions, we’d like to dwell a little on the celeb wedding season which seems to be stretching on forever and ever.

The latest rumor speaks of none other than Sonam Kapoor’s sister Rhea Kapoor and her incoming nuptials. All of this while the world is still clearly reeling from the likes of the NickYanka wedding; or the traditionally replete Ranveer and Deepika’s knot-tying.

With celebs experimenting amply with their wedding rituals and ceremonies, it makes sense that the masses follow suit. Of course, you don’t need to get knee-deep in research when you’ve got Wedswing giving you the dough. Today, we’re going to give you a fun list of wedding superstitions around the world!

What purpose does this serve? Inspiration, of course! Some of these superstitions are pretty romantic in their approach, while some you may just want to avoid. Whatever the occasion, you can pick and choose.

List of Wedding Superstitions From Around The World

Let’s get started!

Superstition 1: The Color Palette

Different cultures consider different colors to be either luck or good luck – which can all get really confusing. Latin American brides, for example, have no issues whatsoever wearing black – but anywhere else, you’ll just be prematurely wishing the death of your husband.

It was Queen Victoria who rocked the white dress in 1840, and that’s been weirdly trendy ever since. In South East Asian countries like China and India, Red is the color of choice. In Japan, Green signifies eternity and may well be worn on the wedding – but again, if you’re Chinese, green signifies a cheating spouse.

Then there is this helpful…ahem, poem for your reading.

Married in White You have chosen right.

Married in Blue Your lover is true.

Married in Pink Your fortunes will sink.

Married in Green You will not long be seen.

Married in Red You'll wish you were dead.

Married in Yellow Ashamed of the fellow.

Married in Brown You'll live out of town.

Married in Grey You'll live far away.

Married in Black You'll wish you were back.

We’ll just leave that there.

Superstition 2: Crossing Paths

Many wedding cultures consider crossing paths with numerous objects, animals or humans to be of some significance.

For example, in English lore, it’s considered lucky for the bride to find a spider on your wedding dress. Arachnophobes may keep away, obviously – but it perhaps has to do with spider silk signifying a more permanent bond.

Crossing paths with a nun, or a member of some religious order where celibacy is the norm is considered bad luck again, cause – well you want your fertility, I’d assume? Black cats are another bad omen, as they’re associated with witchcraft and the like. On the other hand, having a hungry cat eat out of your left shoe a week before the wedding is actually good luck!

It’s alright to feel a little doom when crossing paths with a lizard, a pig or – this is more obvious – an open grave on the day of your wedding. All these are bad.

Superstition 3: Evil Eye Warding

Many cultures have their own way of warding off the evil eye – from the subtle, to the weird.

  • Middle-Eastern brides will wear henna on their feet and hands (much like Indians do), and avoid the evil eye that would otherwise render them infertile.
  • In Denmark, the couple used to cross-dress traditionally in order to confuse evil spirits.
  • Ancient Greece and Rome popularized the concept of wearing a bridal veil. This veil again, guards from unwanted influences.
  • Many western cultures may involve the groom carrying his bride in his arms while entering their new home together. Again, the purpose remains the same.
  • The old English Rhyme – “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Blue” – literally refers to everything you need to ward off the evil eye. The old object will be a family heirloom, which many of us still see being used. The new refers to the bright future ahead. The borrowed object will come from friends and family that have good luck, so that it rubs off on you too. The blue is just any garment that is blue – you can have fun with accessories and your wedding dress for this one.
  • The presence of knives at a wedding is also mixed. Now someone might just be intentionally giving you bad luck if they bring you some solid antique knives (or just harmless cutlery) as a wedding gift – but you can change that and just give them a coin in return.
  • Just one more: Irish weddings will have chiming wedding bells to ward off evil spirits, and brides may even carry miniature bells.

Superstition 4: Will this bring me luck?

Some wedding superstitions involve a lot of things that are just too weird for our modern sensibilities.

While Romans began the practice of throwing barley-cakes, many Indians still throw uncooked rice – and a host of other cultures throw a lot of things at the couple to boost their fortunes, being English may not be the best. Certain Tudor traditions let the guests pelt the couple with old shoes as they leave the church – which may just hurt.

Speaking of hurt, Egyptians allow for women to pinch the bride for good luck – pretty underhanded if you invite an ex.

You may also want to avoid the Kenyan tradition of the father of the bride spitting on her head and breasts so that he can bless her – hygiene issues much?

Some Indian traditions involve the bride picking up silver dishes from the floor of her new home. If they make too much noise while being picked up, it apparently signals a lot of fighting. Ouch.

As an Indian, you may also want to keep a close eye over all the milk being boiled during and immediately before and after a wedding. Spilt milk is a bad omen – apart from being a sign of carelessness.

Superstition 5: At the Altar

The wedding superstitions carried out at the altar – this section is all about those random, myriad ways of getting wed on-site.

English traditions seem to be taking the cake in every section. It seems that decorating the wedding ceremony was also a weird affair in the 1800s, where the path to the church was full of things that signified the groom’s profession. If he’s a blacksmith, lay down the hammers and nails! If he’s a butcher, there’ll be sheep skins. If he’s a carpenter, he’s getting wooden shavings…you get the hint.

Dropping the rings, or being clumsy while the you’re exchanging them is a sign of great misfortune. You may want to be careful. Speaking of rings – the ring is worn on the 4th finger of your left hand because it was believed that this was the vein to your heart!

Oh, if your surnames start with the same letter, it’s also bad luck so a little name changing may be in order if she’s truly ‘the one’.

To top it off with something fun – Filipino couples release a pair of doves on their wedding day in a romantic gesture to cement the marriage.

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