4 Common Wedding Superstitions That You Can Ignore
As a bride or groom, you might find yourself hearing this common phrase from loved ones: “You have to do [insert tradition here].”
Weddings are laden with tradition and ritual -- some of which our friends and family are very attached to. While this can be a great thing, it also means that some traditions are rooted in out dated superstitions that may not be meaningful to you or simply present logistical issues.
Looking to par down on some unnecessary traditions on the big day? Here are a few common wedding superstitions that you can skip.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
While many brides have a great time trying to creatively work this tradition into their big day, it can bring other brides a lot of anxiety. This tradition is rooted in bringing good luck to the martial couple by celebrating the bride’s past and the couple’s future happy life together, as well as taking something borrowed from another happily married couple for good luck. The “something blue” is simply a representation of martial fidelity. It is a tradition that has stood the test of time, but it’s wholly unnecessary.
The Bridal Veil
Wedding veils are an iconic part of the traditional bridal ensemble, but did you know that this beautiful (but sometimes pricey) accessory is rooted in superstition? Brides originally wore veils to help ward off evil spirits on the big day. If you love the veiled look, feel free to rock it! But if veils aren’t for you and you have no concern about evil spirits, skipping the veil is a great way to be original while saving a few dollars.
Avoiding Each Other Until the Wedding
It can be romantic to see your significant other for the first time in days when walking down the aisle. However, it can also be a logistical nightmare -- especially if you live together. This superstition is rooted in the tradition of arranged marriages. Parents used to keep couples from seeing each other before walking down the aisle for fear that the couple would change their mind about the marriage -- a problem that most couple’s today aren’t concerned about. With the increasing popularity of first looks, we think it’s safe to say that this wedding superstition can easily be ditched. In fact, there are plenty of great reasons to do a first look.
Not Wearing Your Wedding Look Before the Big Day
The origins of this superstition are foggy, but some believe that a bride shouldn’t wear her full ensemble (dress, accessories, shoes, etc.) until the big day itself. Not only is this a flimsy superstition, but it’s also simply a bad idea. Trying on all of your bridal clothing and baubles far in advance will allow you to make sure everything works together and gives you the opportunity to tweak your look if needed.
Credits: Megan McCullor