How to Understand the Origins of Wedding Superstitions

Many marriage rituals are meant to offer luck to the happy couple, while others are meant to protect them from spirits who may wish them a not-so-happy future.

You will need

  • Engagement and wedding rings
  • Veil
  • Bridesmaids
  • Kiss
  • Strong husband
  • Something old (optional)
  • Something new (optional)
  • Something borrowed (optional)
  • Something blue (optional)
  • Herbs (optional)

Step 1 Put the ring on the finger Wear the engagement and wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand. In the past, that finger was believed to be a direct connection to the heart.

Step 2 Disguise the bride Disguise the bride with a veil. Ancient Roman and Greek brides wore veils as protection from evil spirits that sought to harm them because they were envious of happy people.

Step 3 Confuse the spirits Confuse the spirits with decoy bridesmaids. In the past, bridesmaids wore dresses similar to the bride in order to confuse any nearby evil spirits who wished to harm the bride.

Step 4 Seal it with a kiss Seal your love with a kiss. During Roman times, all legal contracts were sealed with a kiss. Not only is the kiss a symbol of the bride and groom’s love, it also denotes their agreement to enter into a lifelong contract.

Step 5 Cross the threshold Carry the bride across the threshold. In ancient times it was considered unlucky if the bride were to trip while crossing into her new home, or enter with her left foot. So her new husband gets the honor of carrying her through the doorway. Follow these superstitions and enjoy a happy marriage.

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