Weddings have their own fair share of long-standing traditions that couples often follow – and the same goes for wedding-related superstitions. Whether you consider yourself superstitious or not, it is still fascinating to learn where they came from and why people still follow them to this day
After all, on a day as important as your wedding, you’d want to know you have done everything in your power to ensure everything runs smoothly and goes off without a hitch. We’ve rounded up the most common wedding superstitions below if you wish to embrace them on your big day.
Seeing each other before the wedding
You might already be familiar with this one – the bride and groom shouldn’t see each other before they get to the altar. This superstition dates back to the olden days of arranged marriages where it is believed that if a couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about the wedding.
But nowadays, you can still stick to this tradition to build up the excitement and element of surprise when you both see each other in all your wedding day splendour from the moment you walk down the aisle.
Wearing a veil
A classic part of the bridal ensemble, the veil has its own history which dates back to ancient Rome. It is said that a bride wears a veil down the aisle to hide her away from evil spirits who might want to thwart her happiness. Another reason stemmed from the early days of arranged marriages, where the bride’s face was hidden from the groom until he had committed to the marriage.
Today, the wedding has evolved into an elegant accessory rather than a means of warding off evil spirits. Some brides choose to wear one over their face, while others have it draped over the back of their hair and dress in various lengths and styles.
Something old, new, borrowed and blue
This is a popular phrase that originates from Victorian times, and it simply represents the different parts of a bride’s life coming together on her big day and to bring good luck. Wearing something blue denotes loyalty and fidelity for a successful marriage.
But in a traditional Chinese wedding, you may want to have “something red” instead, which has deep roots and significance in Chinese culture. Red is an auspicious colour that means happiness, prosperity and luck, which should be present in all facets of the wedding. And when it comes to “something old”, it is believed that wearing old shoes brings bad luck in Chinese culture.
Crying on your wedding day
It’s natural for everyone to be emotional and sentimental during this special day – so don’t fret about holding back the tears. In fact, it is believed that a bride who cries at her wedding won’t have any more tears to shed during her marriage.
Not only does it show how joyful you are to be marrying the man of your dreams, but it is also considered a sign of everlasting good fortune and happiness in a couple’s marriage, according to Chinese culture. So be sure to put on waterproof mascara and cue the happy tears!
A couple’s wedding day is filled with a great deal of meaning, customs, traditions and even superstition, so each celebration is truly unique according to what practices they follow. Wedding jewellery also plays a part in conveying meaning; in Chinese weddings, brides wear their Si Dian Jin set which is traditionally gifted by her mother-in-law to symbolise her welcome into the groom’s family. And the most important tradition is the wedding band, which is worn on the fourth finger during the ceremony by both spouses to declare life-long love and commitment.
Let SK Jewellery be a part of your wedding celebrations. We carry a wide range of wedding bands and diamond rings in various styles to suit your preferences. Our Si Dian Jin collection also features traditional and contemporary designs, all meaningfully crafted to convey the purest blessings.
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