A girl who steps on a cat’s tail, whether intentionally or accidentally, will not marry in the same year.
If a girl who is engaged accidentally drops a knife, it is a sign that her fiance is coming to visit.
It is bad luck to wear an emerald for an engagement ring. Doing so will cause you to die an old maid.
An engaged woman should never let another girl wear her engagement ring, as the marriage will likely not happen.
To be proposed to in a public place is unlucky, and will cause your marriage to receive unwanted notoriety.
A man on his way to propose should turn back if he sees a snake and propose at another time. Otherwise, extremely bad luck will follow.
A more uncommon wedding superstition says that the bride who dreams of fairies the night before her marriage will be blessed with three children.
Finding a spider on her wedding gown will ensure the bride a life of happiness.
Wedding Superstitions: The Ceremony and Beyond
It is unlucky to be married in green. Wearing orange blossoms at a wedding, however, ensures good luck.
Great care should be taken to ensure the wedding ring is not dropped during the ceremony. It is an omen of very bad luck for the bride.
The groom who carries a miniature horseshoe in his pocket will always be lucky.
Night weddings are not ideal. It is said that the bride that the sunshine doesn’t fall upon is sure to experience bad times. If she has children, they may die young.
Marrying at the time of the moon’s waning will ensure that your luck also wanes.
It is lucky for the bridesmaids to throw away a pin on the wedding day, and unlucky to be stuck with one. In Northwestern France it was believed that a girl who obtains the pins used to fasten the bride’s dress would have an early marriage, while other superstitions in Europe and America say that the bride should absolutely keep the pins that fastened her dress.
Another superstition says that after the wedding breakfast and reception, the bride should throw away all the pins around her. The bridesmaids shouldn’t keep the pins either, as doing so will hinder their ability to find a husband.
It is considered unlucky to be married in a church where there is an open grave in the churchyard.
It is unlucky for the bride to look into the mirror after she is completely dressed. She must leave one article off until she is finished looking at herself.
It is bad luck for the bride to enter the church before the ceremony through one door, then leave through another door.
Before the wedding, the groom may rub the elbow of a male acquaintance he encounters for good luck.
A bride who bakes her own wedding cake invites ill fortune.
A storm with thunder and lightning is a bad omen during a wedding ceremony. If the sun shines right after the storm, however, it could indicate a happy union.
A marriage that takes place during a heavy snowstorm is considered a lucky one; while it also means the couple will never be wealthy, they will lead a happy life together.
If a younger daughter gets married before her older sisters, the sisters should dance barefoot at her wedding.
It is said to be unlucky to tie shoes to the carriage in which the bride and groom leave the wedding, but it is lucky to throw an old shoe at the bride as she enters the carriage.
When the bride leaves the church, she should place her right foot forward first if she wishes to have a happy and healthy future.
The bride should be the first to call her husband by name after the ceremony.
It is bad luck if the bride accidentally breaks a dish at the wedding reception.
For a pet bird to die in its cage on the day after the wedding is a bad sign. A bird chirping on the window sill, however, is a very good sign.
If you meet a funeral going to or coming from a wedding, it is a bad sign. If the funeral is for a male, it means an early death for the groom… if for a woman, the bride will die early.
If at the wedding reception an unmarried person sits between the bride and groom, it means another wedding will take place soon.
Marriages that take place on December 31st are considered lucky.
The person who is able to kiss the bride after the ceremony, before the husband has had a chance to, will have great luck throughout the year.
If a bride sees a coffin before departing for her honeymoon, she should turn back and start the trip over again, or else suffer from bad luck.
For good luck, the bride should place her stockings under her pillow before going to sleep on her wedding night.
Superstitions in Days Gone By
While we often throw rice as the bride and groom come out of the church, it was customary in some countries to throw money over the heads of the couple, as it was thought to ensure fortune. In other places the bride is sprinkled with wheat instead of rice. Both wheat and rice are considered symbols of fertility.
It is said that the custom of throwing rice originated in Japan. An evil spirit always took the form of a bird and constantly sought to do harm at weddings. He could not enter the church, so had to wait for the bride and groom outside. The rice was thrown as the couple came out; the gluttonous bird flew to gobble up the rice, and was distracted from attacking the newlyweds.
It was said that whoever went to sleep first on the wedding night will die first. The bride and groom should try to fall asleep together.
It used to be considered unlucky if the bride did not cry at her wedding. It was thought to mean tears would come later on in the marriage.
A clot of soot coming down the chimney during a wedding feast was also considered unlucky.
In the Middle Ages it was considered a bad omen for the married couple to meet a cat, dog, lizard, snake or rabbit on their wedding day. It was a good omen to meet a wolf, a spider or a toad.
In Germany it was customary to carry old dishes outside and throw them in the street. If a single dish went unbroken, it was considered an omen of bad luck.
In Scotland it is bad luck for a dog to run between the couple on their way to be married.
While we decorate the car of the bridegroom, an old Slavic custom was to pour a can of beer over the groom’s horse.
In parts of England, after the married couple had left, the cook would pour a kettle of hot water outside of the front door. It was thought that doing so would ensure another wedding would take place soon from the same house.