Wedding Superstitions and Urban Legends


Superstitions and urban legends abound — in societies and cultures, and in nearly all aspects of life. Weddings are not exempt. Here are several wedding superstitions and urban legends. How many are you familiar with?

  • Combining red and white flowers is avoided because it is believed that it signifies blood and bandages.

  • The reason bridesmaids are dressed almost like the bride is to “confuse evil spirits”, therefore protecting the bride.

  • It is thought that the best man?s presence protects the groom from having bad luck.

  • Tying the shoes of the bride at the bridal car is believed to bring good luck. It?s also good luck if guests throw shoes at the bridal car.

  • The wedding veil serves as protection. It protects the bride from evil spirits since she is most vulnerable during wedding ceremonies.

  • It is thought as bad luck for the bride to make her own wedding dress.

  • It is bad luck for the groom to see his bride in her wedding dress if it isn?t their wedding day yet.

  • It is bad luck for the bride to try on her wedding dress.

  • Wedding rings must never be dropped on the floor or it will bring bad luck to the bride and groom.

  • A bride should not bake her own wedding cake or else she will have a hard life of a wife.

  • All guests in the wedding should have a taste of the cake. They must not refuse or else it will mean bad luck to the couple and the guest.

  • If an unmarried girl puts a piece of a wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.

  • The bride should keep a portion of the wedding cake so she will be assured of her husband’s faithfulness.

  • It is bad luck for the bride to practice writing her new married name before she and her groom are married.

  • It is bad luck to marry on Saturday and Friday.

  • When a bride sees a toad, lamb, spider, black cat, chimney, or rainbow on her way to the church, it is good luck. However, it’s bad luck if she sees a monk, a nun, an open grave, a pig, a lizard or a crow.

  • The spouse who goes to sleep first on their wedding night will be the first to die.