14 Things That Are Really Bad Luck at a Wedding

Apparently peonies will bring you shame (say it ain't so!).

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

Tradition says if someone drops a ring during the reciting of the vows, that person will die. Yikes! And that applies to anyone: the preacher, the ring bearer or even the best man.

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

In Chinese culture, being given a clock as a wedding present is bad luck, because the word for "clock" in Mandarin also means "the end." Who knew a little time teller could be so ominous?

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

Even though they have become one of the most prized in bridal bouquets, in some cultures these flowers represents shame, which is the last thing one wants on her wedding day.

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.

Donning pearls

Even though plenty of women probably wear their mother or grandmother's string of pearls as their "something borrowed," some believe they represent future tears and heartache in the marriage.

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

Sure, DIY weddings are growing in popularity, but some people believe if you make your own dress, each stitch you sew will be a tear you shed during your marriage.

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?


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