Wedding Superstitions

Are you superstitious about not letting your groom see your dress before the wedding? That is mildly superstitious compared to some of the do’s and don’ts from past history.   Here are a few of the more obscure ones for reference and fun as you plan your big day:

Wedding Attire:

  • Never wear your entire wedding ensemble before the day of the wedding; otherwise, bad luck may ensue.
  • According to English folklore, it’s good luck to find a spider in your wedding gown on your wedding day.
  • Romans are credited with the concept of wedding veils.   They were to disguise the bride from evil spirits who were jealous of happiness.
  • Think again about making your own gown. Legend says that for every stitch, you’ll cry a tear.
  • For cat lovers, here’s one for you. If you can get a cat to eat out of your left shoe a week before the wedding, luck will bless your married life.
  • A Greek tradition is to have a cube of sugar in your glove to sweeten your marriage.

Wedding Day:

  • Did you know that the day you select to marry also has meaning? Monday equals wealth; Tuesday, health; Wednesday is considered the best day of the week; while Saturday is the most unlucky according to English folklore. Romans took this a step further and actually studied pig entrails to select the luckiest time to marry.
  • Romans also did not marry in May, as that was the festival of the dead month.
  • Rain on your wedding day is considered lucky according to Hindu tradition.
  • Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the busiest wedding days in Las Vegas.

Wedding Rings:

  • 70% of weddings rings are worn on the fourth finger, left hand. Why? Historically, the vein in that finger was thought to go directly to the heart.
  • While diamonds are traditional choices for engagement rings, other gems have particular meanings. Sapphire rings signify marital happiness; aquamarines indicate harmony and a long, happy marriage. In contrast, pearl engagement rings are considered bad luck because the pearl is so similar to a tear.
  • In Victorian days, snake rings with ruby eyes were popular. The coils symbolized eternity. Approximately 17 tons of gold each year goes into making wedding rings in the US.

Send Offs for the Newlyweds:

  • Forget pelting the new couple with rice (which has diminished in tradition over the years).   Czech tradition showers them with peas instead.
  • The bride may be covered in pinch marks as that is considered good luck according to Egyptian culture.
  • And let’s not forget that scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, when the bride’s veil was covered in good luck spit as she walked down the aisle.
  • Tudor tradition was to throw shoes at the newlyweds.   Thankfully, that has evolved to just tying them to the back of the getaway car.


  • The concept of a wedding cake actually started in ancient Rome. Guests used to break a loaf of bread over the bride’s head as a sign of fertility.
  • If a single woman sleeps with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow, she’s supposed to dream of her future husband.

Other Factoids:

  • Not seeing each other before the wedding during times of arranged marriages ensured that no one ran off before the service.
  • Crying on your wedding day is good luck.   Be sure you’re wearing waterproof mascara.
  • If a younger sister weds first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never finding a husband.
  • Giving knives as a wedding gift was considered bad luck according to folklore.
  • Break a glass. The number of broken pieces symbolizes the years of marriage.
  • There are approximately 7,000 weddings a day in the US alone. Ignore superstitions or incorporate some for fun. Or, be a trendsetter and create your own.