What’s the meaning behind those wedding superstitions and traditions that seem to have been around since the beginning of time? We’ve compiled a list of the most popular wedding superstitions and traditions below with an explanation for each. While we love the symbolism for a lot of them, it’s funny to see the REAL rationale behind some wedding superstitions and traditions that actually stress us out (like not seeing the groom before the wedding). Once you realize the silliness behind it, it’s easier not worry about whether or not you actually do it.
1. Wednesday is considered the best day to get married, while Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. According to English folklore, Saturday is actually the unluckiest day to get married.
2. According to ancient Greek culture, if you tuck a sugar cube into your glove it will sweeten your union.
3. Italian tradition calls for newly married couples to smash glass at their wedding. However many pieces the glass breaks into is supposed to represent how many years they’ll be happily married.
4. According to Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.
5. The tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding originated back to the time of arranged marriages, when it was thought if brides and grooms saw each other before the wedding they might not go through with it.
6. Knives are considered bad luck to give as a wedding gift, since knives represent a broken relationship. If someone does give you a knife as a wedding gift, you are supposed to give the gift-giver a penny in return so it is considered a “purchase.”
7. Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck.
8. In Sweden, a bride puts a silver coin from her father and gold coin from her both in each shoe to ensure she’ll “never do without.
9. Carrying the bride over the threshold began in medieval Europe, where people thought women were more vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of their feet.
10. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside a couple’s house before the wedding as a symbol of fertility and luck.
11. A pearl engagement ring is supposed to be bad luck because the shape resembles a tear.
12. Aquamarine stones are thought to ensure a long, happy marriage.
13. Veils were originally worn in Ancient Greece and Rome to protect brides from evil spirits.
14. As a game, brides and grooms used to attempt to kiss over their wedding cake without knocking it over, which is how tiered wedding cakes emerged.
15. The phrase “tying the knot” comes from several cultures, where the hands of the bride and groom were tied together to demonstrate their new bond.
16. In Christian ceremonies the bride stands to the groom’s left so the groom can fight off other suitors with his right hand.
17. Italian tradition calls for newly married couples to smash glass at their wedding. However many pieces the glass breaks into is supposed to represent how many years they’ll be happily married.