Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
It has long been thought that Brides who wear or carry these items on their wedding day will be blessed with good luck.
Whether or not you’re interested in sticking with conventions or throwing them out of the window, we have unearthed a few other wedding day myths and traditions from around the globe along with a few interesting facts too…
Did You Know
- The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck – Yikes!
- Did you know that the groom traditionally carries the bride across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits lurking below?
- Rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition.
- Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
- Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend on her wedding day in 1840—before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
- Victoria also established the tradition of playing Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” during her wedding processional in 1858.
- In Japan, white was always the colour of choice for bridal gowns long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the Western world.
- Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity and love.
- The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revellers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
- The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
- And finally, the most expensive wedding ever was the marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? A mere $44 million!!!