As you might have guessed, there’s probably a story, a piece of history and a tradition for just about anything. Weddings traditions are no exception. Good luck charms, Bad luck curses, and the list go on. Doesn’t matter where you come from, wedding traditions, whether cultural or family heritage, there’s always someone or something that will look for one or the other:
Here’s a few Wedding Traditions you may not have heard of . . .
- Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove — according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
- The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck.
- Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!
- Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
- Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without.
- A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
- Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
- In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds’ home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
- In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
- Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
- In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
- In Korea, brides don bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.
- The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
- In South Africa, the parents of both bride and groom traditionally carried fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newlyweds’ hearth.
- Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows.
- An old wives’ tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
- Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor day’s goodbye with a raucous party.
We’d love to hear from you, if these actually work . . . Whatever your wedding tradition . . . have fun celebrating your wedding day!