I am sure you have heard of all types of wedding traditions from one person or another. But did you know that there are many different traditions in many different countries that have the same meaning. India, for example, believes that you should have an artist draw designs on your hands and feet with henna. The darker the henna the more luck it is suppose to bring you. In other middle eastern countries this symbolizes protection from evil. In China, if you want to keep the evil spirits at bay, you should light firecrackers after the ceremony. In the United States, if you want to protect your bride from evil spirits, you need to carry her over the threshold.
Quirky Wedding Traditions
In Ireland, it is believed that if you put some lavender in your bouquet, you will have happiness in your marriage. For a Checz bride and groom to have happiness in their marriage, a plate is broken at the feet of the couple before the reception begins. The bride and groom must sweep up the chips together.
In Scotland, to have good luck in your union, put a branch of white heather in your bouquet. Whereas in Egypt pinching the bride is considered good luck and the English believe that a spider in the brides wedding dress will bring good luck (think I will stick with the white heather). Although, in the Hindu belief, having rain on your wedding day will also bring you good luck.
Now, if you want to keep your marriage sweet and renewed, try putting a wrapped piece of sugar in your glove. That is the way it is done in Greece. In Holland, if you plant lilies of the valley around your home, the love of you and your spouse will renew every spring.
If you are a person who believes in superstition, then there are certain beliefs about the day you should get married. The English believe the “best day” to get married is Wednesday. Although, Mondays will bring you wealth and Tuesdays are for good health. On the other hand, according to English legend, Saturday is the unluckiest day to get married.
Lets talk dresses! “Something old” is used to symbolize continuity with the past, whereas, “something blue” symbolizes purity, fidelity and love. There are different meanings in different cultures regarding the dress. Traditionally in the U.S. a white dress is worn symbolizing purity. This is also the same in Japan. In Asia, wearing robes with cranes embroidered on them symbolizes fidelity. In Korea, brides wear bright hues of red and yellow for fidelity.
So, while you are planning your wedding and thinking of wedding traditions, remember there are many different meanings behind why people choose to have certain things incorporated into their weddings.
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. Matt lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. His likes include craft beer, baseball and, traveling.