Wedding To Remember
- Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2002 19:00
- Written by Clyde Noel - Town Crier Correspondent
Wedding day superstitions have been around as long as there have been weddings. Even if you think they are leftovers from old wives' tales, when your wedding day comes, you'll be clutching something old and wearing something blue.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe" originated in Victorian times and is probably the most common superstition brides consider today.
"Something old" means an old garter was given to the bride by a happily married woman so the bride would enjoy a happy marriage. "Something new" looks to future health, happiness and success.
"Something borrowed" is an opportunity for the bride's family to give her something as a token of their love and "something blue" is lucky because blue represents fidelity.
There are so many superstitions and traditions associated with weddings that it's impossible to follow all of them. They also contradict each other.
Many superstitions have changed over time - like getting married on a rainy day. Originally, this meant if it rains on your wedding day you'll shed many tears during your wedded life.
Another superstition says when it rains on your wedding day, you will have many children. The most recent superstition says you will have good luck if it rains.
It isn't always superstitious, but the bride usually walks down the aisle on her father's right arm because it's proper etiquette for a man to offer his right arm. After he gives the bride away, he sits down.
Weddings can be confusing for children. Little Mary was at her first wedding and gaped at the entire ceremony. When it was over, she asked her mother, "Why did the lady change her mind?"
Her mother asked, "What do you mean?"
"Well she went down the aisle with one man and came back with another one."
Flowers have always been a big feature at weddings. The groom is supposed to wear a flower in his buttonhole that appears in the bridal bouquet. Orange blossoms signify chastity, purity and loveliness. Some ceremonies have petals strewn down the aisle for the bride to walk on.
Originally white dresses had nothing to do with virginity. In ancient times, cloth was very expensive to bleach and more than one bleaching was required. The whiter the cloth, the more affluent the bride's family.
Superstitions after the wedding concern toasting your new life together and clinking the glasses you use when toasting. This way, the glasses are never used for a better purpose.
Smashing the wedding cake into your new spouse's face seems disrespectful, but it is meant to show that throughout the marriage you will "feed" and take care of each other.
In another superstition, the bride is supposed to have all her bridesmaids sign the bottom of her shoe before the wedding. At the end of the reception, the bridesmaid whose name is most worn off is the next to marry.
Throwing rice at the new couple is meant to feed the evil spirits and distract them. Tying tin cans to the back of the newlyweds' car is good luck because the noise will frighten away these spirits.