Wedding superstitions – General

A Lucky Bride: Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence In her shoe.

Married in White, you have chosen right. Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, you will always be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Pink, you spirit will sink.

Good omens on your wedding day: Seeing a rainbow , having the sunshine, meeting a black cat, meeting a chimney sweep,

Bad omens on your wedding day: a pig, hare, or lizard running across the road, seeing an open grave, meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness. If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.

The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall. This is origin of the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold.

The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die.

Take a small piece of wedding-cake, pass it three times through a wedding-ring and then lay the cake under your pillow. Before you retire to bed arrange the shoes, which you have worn that day in the shape of a T. She will dream of her future husband.

Take a pea-pod which has 9 peas and suspend it over the doorway using a white thread. If the next person who enters by the same door is not a member of the family and is a bachelor or spinster, then your wedding will take place in not more than a year’s time.

The Cuckoo.-When you hear a cuckoo for the first time in the year, quote aloud: Cuckoo, Cuckoo, answer me true This question that I’m asking you; I beg that truly you’ll tell me In how many years I’ll married be. The number of times which the cuckoo replies is declared to represent the number of years that will elapse before you marry.

Take a photograph of the one you love and hold before it a ring on the end of a thread. Be careful to keep your hand still. If the ring moves in a circle, you win marry the person in the picture soon and will lead a life of bliss; if the ring moves to and fro, it is unlikely you will marry him. Should the ring not move at all, you are likely to remain single.

On the Eve of St. Agnes (on the night before January 21) take a row of pins and pull them out, one after the other. Then stick a pin in your sleeve and you will dream of the one you will marry.

If you find a four-leaf clover, put it in your right shoe and the next bachelor you meet will become your husband.

The New Moon.-This ceremony must be practiced on the first night of the new moon. Open wide the windows of your bedroom and sit down on the windowsill, gazing with unblinking eyes at the moon, and at the same time repeating softly and slowly the following incantation: All hail, Selene, all hail to thee! I prithee, good moon, reveal to me this night to whom I’ll wedded be. During the night you will dream of your future husband.

If a woman should eat a salted herring just before she goes to bed, her future husband will appear to her in a dream, carrying a cup of water with which to quench her thirst.

In the olden days, when a wife was considered a possession, a wedding ring was a sign that the woman had been purchased by the groom.

Marry on the upswing of the clock, basically on the half-hour, like 2:30 instead of 2, or 3, because that way the hands of the clock are on their way up, not down.