May 7, 2012

A Closer Look at Some Popular Superstitions

You have gotten your wedding loan, picked your dress and suddenly your mother starts to give you random advice about your wedding. A lot of young couples that are getting married end up having a lot of advice passed on to them from friends and relatives. Some of these pieces of advice steam from some popular old wives tails or superstitions but what do they really mean or where did they come from? I am going to take a few minutes and share some of the more popular superstitions and you may find yourself picking up a few of these superstitions in an attempt to strengthen your own wedding.

One of the most popular wedding superstitions would involve the groom carrying his new wife across the threshold of their home. While this has been a timeless tradition, many young couples do not understand why this tradition was started or what it even means. This tradition was started in Medieval Europe as a symbol of the groom “stealing” his bride away from her family and former life to start a new life of her own. This has become a very common romantic notion that a lot of young couples express to one another.

Do you know why engagement and wedding rings are worn on the forth finger, of the left hand? It was once believed that this finger had a vein that led directly to the heart. This allowed the couple to show each other and the world that their heart belonged to another. This tradition has continued to grow through ages and while the meaning of it is lost on a lot of people, the symbolism of the wedding ring being used as a sign commitment is still widely accepted.

A lot of brides today still choose to wear a veil but most brides believe it is used to assist in preventing the groom from seeing her before the wedding, to prevent bad luck. While this could be correct since a lot of superstitions change and adjust to fit within the modern era, but there is a lot more to it than that. This particular tradition was started centuries ago by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They used the veils to help protect the brides from the influence of dark and evil spirits.

Depending on your heritage and personal beliefs, you can find dozens of traditions and superstitions that can be factored into your wedding. While I do not personally believe in many superstitions, I do think finding ways to incorporate a few of these superstitions and traditions into a wedding can be a lot of fun. They can also help provide that emotional and mental break many of us need, from our wedding planning.

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