14 Things That Are Really Bad Luck at a Wedding
Over the centuries, many traditions have changed and evolved surrounding nuptials. After all, today almost every couple does a "first look" photoshoot, even though back in the day that was a major no-no. But if you're superstitious and afraid of bad omens, you're going to want to avoid these symbols of bad luck.
Getting married on a Saturday
We know, we know: It's the most popular day of the week to say "I do," but according to English folklore, this weekend day will doom a couple to a life of bad luck. To be extra safe, you should avoid the 13th and the month of May altogether, too.
Dropping a ring during the ceremony
Using your married name before the wedding
A word of advice: Stick with your surname before the ceremony. If you don't and accidentally use your new last time before officially saying "I do," tradition says the wedding won't take place.
Receiving knives as a gift
Sure, an expensive knife set might be at the top of your list, but if you're superstitious, skip this on the registry. Since these sharp tools cut things in two, some believe they'll lead to a broken marriage.
Being gifted a clock
Seeing the bride beforehand
Even though the "first look" is taking over weddings these days, back when arranged marriages were more common, it was against tradition for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding unless, that is, one of them had changed their minds. Which is where the superstition grew from.
Peonies represent shame
And yellow roses symbolize jealousy
During the Victorian era, a book that assigned flowers different meanings, called The Language of Flowers, led people to view these sunny flowers as something that causes the green eyed monster in a relationship.
Wearing the wrong color
The tradition of brides wearing white didn't start until Queen Victoria, but an old nursery rhyme says red, yellow, green, pink, gray, and black will bring negativity to the marriage. Specifically, red will make you "wish you were dead."
Sewing your own dress
Wearing your outfit beforehand
It's tempting to test out your final look before your big day, but putting on your dress, shoes, veil and the whole ensemble is said to invite heartbreak and tragedy.
Crossing a nun or a monk
Some say that if a bride sees a nun or a monk while traveling to their wedding, they'll be cursed with a barren life dependent on charity. Although we haven't put together how that works for people having religious ceremonies.
Or seeing a pregnant woman
Back in the day, people believed if a pregnant woman visits a bride's house before her wedding, it was a bad omen which, frankly, doesn't make any sense to us. After all, how many pregnant bridesmaids have there been over the years?
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.