There are certain wedding traditions we still follow today with the belief it helps us do certain things or avoid certain things.
Just as you plan your big day with your partner, below are 20 wedding superstitions from around the world that you should know
1. According to Greek culture, tucking a cube of sugar into the bride’s glove will sweeten her union.
2. If you find a spider in your wedding dress, you should jump for joy (before killing the spider, lol) because according to the English, a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
3. We all marry on Saturday (or maybe most of us) but according to English folklore, Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day.
4. So since the English believe Saturday is the unluckiest day to marry, which day of the week do they consider the best? According to the English, Wednesday is considered the best day to marry.
5. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
6. Don’t feel sad if it rains on your wedding because according to Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.
7. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
8. In Czech, peas are thrown at newlyweds instead of rice.
9. If you need good luck in your marriage, maybe you should tell your friends to pinch you on your wedding day because according to Egyptian tradition, women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck. Ouch! That hurts.
10. Brides in the Middle East protect themselves from the evil eye by painting henna on their hands and feet.
11. A pine tree is planted outside the home of newlyweds in Holland as a symbol of fertility and good luck.
12. To ensure a bride doesn’t lack in her marriage, Swedish brides put a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe.
13. In Finland, a bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
14. In Morocco, women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
15. The bride’s family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding in Egypt so the couple can rest. Wow.
16. Ever wondered why the bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony? It is believed that in bygone days, the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors. LOL.
17. South African parents of both bride and groom traditionally carried fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newlyweds’ hearth.
18. Ever wondered why we all need a wedding cake during weddings? The tradition comes from ancient Rome where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
19. Ever wondered why we use the phrase “tie the knot” to describe weddings? In many cultures around the world, the hands of a bride and the groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple.
20. According to some traditions, single women will dream of their future husband if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows.
What wedding superstitions do you have in your culture?