October 11, 2017

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

The Weird, the Wonderful and the Wacky

Halloween is just around the corner, what better time to take a look at the weird and wonderful world of wedding traditions and superstitions. There are some very odd old beliefs in the world of weddings, we advise taking with a pinch of salt!

Wedding Traditions by Theresa Furey

Strange marriage omens, unlucky gifts, spiders and evil spirits... who knew weddings were so spooky!


Your Wedding Veil is actually to ward off evil spirits.

Ancient Greek and Roman tradition states that wearing a wedding veil helps to ward off evil spirits intent on cursing the bride... 

The veil was supposed to hide the bride's face from demons and witches— with a veil over her head they couldn't see her, and so  couldn't curse her.  Gives a whole other meaning to wearing a veil... We still think they are simply beautiful.

Wedding Veil by Theresa Furey

Is your wedding gift list cursed?

Knives have long been known to signify a broken relationship, and are notoriously bad luck to give as a wedding present. But don’t panic if knives are on your gift list, just be sure to give the gift giver a penny. That way it's considered a purchase. Phew!! 

Cake Knife by Theresa Furey

Put a Spider in Your dress.

Yep, this is actually good luck! We know that finding an eight legged friend inside your dress may not be top of your priority list during your bridal prep, (and would horrify many) but a spider found inside your dress is actually considered a “best of luck” omen...

Bridal Shock by James Fear

Wedding dress colour superstitions

The majority of brides still choose to wear white on their wedding day (a colour traditionally chosen to signify purity), but with so many colour options out there now we thought we better fill you in on an age old poem about the colour of your wedding dress... Whether you choose to believe it is up to you.

We think you all look great in any colour!
Scroll on for real life wedding proof to see some of our brides non traditional wedding dress choices including rocking black wedding dresses 


Married in white, you will have chosen all right. 
Married in grey, you will go far away. 
Married in black, you will wish yourself back. 
Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. 
Married in blue, you will always be true. 
Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. 
Married in green, ashamed to be seen. 
Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. 
Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. 
Married in pink, your spirits will sink.

Bride in black wedding dress and autumn flower crown in candlelight on the steps of old mansion house wedding venue for her Halloween wedding
The Little photo company
Black Wedding Dress by Seth Bates
Beautiful black bride shines like a Goddess in pink silk reception dress and golden halo crown on her same-sex wedding day at elmore court
Rosie Kelly
Misty Morning by Laura Power

Carried over the threshold

In ancient cultures, the threshold of the home was considered to be a hotbed of lurking, unattached evil spirits, and since a new bride was particularly vulnerable to spirit intrusion, (especially through the soles of her feet!!) The groom would traditionally carry the bride over the threshold to make sure his wife didn't bring any bad spirits into the house...

Carry Your Bride by Nick Pumphrey

The day that you choose to marry...

Yes, even the day you marry is full of secret meaning. According to English Folklore Wednesday was considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. They say Saturday is the unluckiest day of the week to marry, but it's actually the most popular these days so we're not sure about that!

Henna for protection

Middle eastern couple's adorn themselves with beautiful Henna patterns on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the “evil eye”. 

Wedding Henna by Neale James

Wedding Bells

Ringing the Church bells for a wedding is a long-standing tradition to signify a marriage is taking place, and again after the ceremony to announce to the local population that the couple is now one. Medieval myth also suggests bells were sounded to scare away any evil forces lurking close by...

If you marry at Elmore and are superstitious you can always give our bells a little ring on your way out...

Servant Bells by Laura Power
Elmore Church by Theresa Furey

Don’t look in the mirror just before you marry...

It is said that a bride who looks in the mirror wearing her complete wedding outfit would leave part of herself in the reflection and so would not be capable of giving all of herself to her new husband...
If you're worried about getting stuck in the mirror for all eternity, there’s a pretty simple solution to work around this superstition, just take off an earring or bracelet before you have a last glance. Bingo!

Last Look by John Searle

Who knew that wedding traditions had such a dark side?! Interesting to note how few of these centre around the Groom. Have you found any groom superstitions? We'd love to hear them!


Lots of love,

Team E x

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