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Ideas that Bring Luck on Your Wedding Day

03-16-21

Lucky girl! You’ve got the love of your life! You are lucky for me! She is my lady luck! Oh, that’s my lucky charm! He carries a rope in his pocket! I am pretty much sure, like me, you also might have heard someone saying any of these lines to someone (or you) somewhere in your life. Plus, we don’t wish luck to our loved ones when they are going to do something important for nothing! A four-leaf clover, 167 (Angel no.), 20, lucky 7, and other numbers like 3, 13, 666, etc. also exist. Although they are not universal luck-bringing elements. For some, they could be unlucky as well. For example, 13 is considered lucky in Italy but unlucky in the USA, UK, Sweden, Norway, or any countries that have a strong western influence. Different places, different beliefs! There's no accounting for taste! Also, have you ever wondered why a bride dons a veil or how a "something borrowed" has become a wedding-day must-have?

No matter how modern and well-educated we are, up to some extent (or great extent maybe) we all believe in luck! Maybe it’s just a number, a bracelet, a pendant, a color, or simply a person. And when we are going to enter someone’s life forever and a day we are expected to bring tons of luck with us to them! Even we ourselves as a bride or groom want our newly-married life happy and full of luck. For some people, good luck comes naturally or is god-gifted, or maybe by birth. But if you identify with the old saying, "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all," there's good news: It is possible to turn your luck around. A lucky attitude goes a long way, not only making you feel luckier but actually making you be luckier. Even the luckiest people aren't lucky all the time (who knows luck fairy does rounds and sprinkle luck from its lucky wand on one who is carrying something that allures her!). You'll never be able to correctly call every toss of the coin or win every giveaway you enter. However, you can tilt the odds in your favor.

Everyone in this world wants just two things in their life. The first one is ‘LOVE’ and the second one is, well, you guessed it right, ‘LUCK’ (money chases good luck, of course!). It’s just a coincidence that both these magical words start with the letter ‘L’. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, love and luck both are in the air, particularly if you are currently planning a wedding for yourself. Luck because you’ve got your soulmate and love because… do we need to tell that too? C’on the month ahead is the ‘month of love’. Let’s cut to the chase and talk about a few traditions/superstitions that people believe bring good luck to a couple's wedding day and married life. You might know some of them but knowing others too is total fun! And whether you agree with them or not, the chance for a little extra luck never hurts! Plus, if you believe in good luck then you should agree with the existence of bad luck as well. With this article, you will also know the unique ways to ward off bad luck on your wedding day!

A little pinch could bring big luck

No! We are not talking about the pinching that you might get on St. Patrick's Day if you don't wear green. Well, we picked this particular tradition, to begin with, because it’s something that’s connected to our childhood days. Remember the same pinch or new pinch? You might have pinched your bestie for wearing the same dress or color as yours or something new when you were a little girl (maybe you still enjoy doing it). In many cultures (particularly Egyptian) it is believed that pinching the bride on her wedding day brings good luck- to whom we are unsure though. Maybe to pincher or the pinch-ee, but it sure doesn't sound too pleasant for the bride in the moment! Hopefully, pinch-ees keep the pinches light and playful.

Rain: rain-rain go away… wait!

Don’t panic if it pours on your big day, not because the artistic wedding photographers get creative photo ops to capture oh-so-romantic and swoon-worthy wedding photos of you and your sweetheart using interesting photo props like parasols (we love couple photos with umbrellas!) but also it is considered a sign of good luck in many cultures! You might be wondering how, especially if you are hosting an outdoor wedding. Well, rain on the day when you are “tying the knot” denotes that your marriage will last. A general science theory- a wet knot is extremely arduous to untie – therefore, when you get hitched on a rainy day, your marriage is supposedly just as difficult to unravel! Plus some believe that it brings with it fertility for the bride and groom and cleanses away all the not-so-positive things that they don't want to bring with them into their happily ever after. Light drizzle or a huge downpour, rain is romantic and beneficial in a number of ways. And one of all the cute ones is- it gives you an excuse to cuddle, warm-up, or dry off each other! So you don’t need to pray for clear weather on your wedding day, just book a wedding venue with a back-up plan. Feel lucky and look on the bright side behind the overcast skies if Mother Nature decides to make her appearance on your special day. You might want to check out these sweet reasons why we should welcome rains on the big day!

Aquamarine: can flash all the positive energy out to enlighten your wedding life

Giant sparkling diamond or a bunch of smaller twinkling diamond dust, this most precious gem is forever, no doubt! But if you are planning on designing your own wedding ring, the world is your oyster with more choices than just traditional diamonds. Especially when your engagement or wedding ring budget does not allow you to buy this most traditional go-to stone. Here are 15 different types of stones that you can use in your wedding ring. Out of all the precious gemstones available to buy including pearls (that are considered unlucky for wedding rings especially), aquamarine is the only stone that is considered lucky for brides or grooms who are going to jump off the broom. This rigid and valuable stone when well-cut is perfectly dazzling making it look expensive which is not true in reality. For the superstitious brides-to-be, this may be a great wedding ring choice. On one hand, a wedding ring studded with an aquamarine stone signifies marital harmony for a long, happy marriage, while on the other this stone is a blessing for the ring’s life. The toughness of the stone helps your wedding or engagement ring stand the test of time. Plus the spectacular pale blue color of aquamarine takes care of the bride's "something blue." Also, steer clear of pearls on the wedding day as they resemble teardrops.

Garters & Bridal Bouquet Toss: Catch me if you...are lucky!

Historically, garters were purely functional and worn on both legs to keep up socks and stockings. Worn by both men and women, might I add! Garter tossing or bouquet tossing rituals actually are considered to bring good luck to one of your wedding guests who are still single. This tradition adds fun to your occasion and excites all single ladies or all single men present on the big day. The tradition/superstition of the garter and bouquet toss originated from Medieval times and it’s just plain unromantic! Back in those times, it was believed that a piece of the bridal gown after the ceremony could bring great luck to one who gets it. It might sound weird but guests would even stand around the bridal bed, trying to rip the dress off of the bride! So, in an effort to restrain guests from absolutely ruining the wedding dress and causing embarrassment to the blushing bride, brides began tossing their bouquets into the crowds to deter the eager guests while the newlyweds made a quick escape to the bridal chamber. Once inside, the groom would open the door slightly, and quickly toss out something personal (like the bride's garter) to appease the waiting guests, which meant the marriage had been consummated. Hubba, hubba! The garter soon became a symbol of good luck, and guests began making a game out of seeing who could get it off of her while she was still wearing it! Today, the groom is the only one allowed to get under the bride's skirt, but the man that catches the tossed-out garter is the next lucky man to get married. Likewise, the lady who catches the bouquet thrown by the bride is considered to be the next lucky girl to get hitched.

Knives- don’t mind the gift just buy it from the giver

Gifting a knife or cutlery set box to the wedding couple is a big NO as the knife signifies a broken relationship. In other words, the knife would metaphorically “cut” the ties that bind two people, and hence it is considered unlucky to give newlyweds a knife as a wedding gift. You might want to check out what else you could give the couple getting married to bring them good luck. Also, you would want to steer clear of these bad-luck wedding gifts. If you are the to-be-married couple you are likely to receive a knife set as a wedding gift since you might have listed knives on your gift registry. Apparently, it’s a superstition that if you receive knives, scissors, and or other cutting items as a wedding gift it will bring bad luck to your marriage. But luckily there is a way to counteract those bad vibes. You can give the sender back the 10 cents or a penny, and in essence ‘buy’ the knives and can then live happily ever after. You can also send one to them in their thank you note. If you are a guest and are planning to gift a knife set to your friend getting married then you can also attach a coin to the blade or include it with the gift. Even a penny will do. So your friend can then return the penny to you, thus “paying” you for the knife and keeping the relationship intact.

Sugar Cubes: Sweetness+Luck

Sweeten your wedding life lucky sugar cube! Greek culture believes, for good luck, a bride should slip a sugar cube into her glove or carry a sugar cube in some way during the wedding to ensure a sweet and loving post-wedding relationship. If your bridal attire doesn’t feature gloves then somehow hiding the sugar cube into the bridal bouquet could work.

Wednesday: Lucky day to tie the knot

A good occasion deserves to happen on an auspicious day and at an auspicious time to ward off the potential bad luck! English tradition and folklore says that the third day of the week i.e. Wednesday is the best day to say “I do” while Monday is for health and Tuesday is for wealth – and that Saturday is the unluckiest day for nuptials! And if we talk about months- July may be infamous for unlucky weddings. To know why- click here!

Horseshoe: The ‘U’ shape keeps your married life in heart shape

Horseshoes have long been considered as a sign of good luck in everyone’s life and hence giving horseshoes to a bride is a tradition of long-standing as well. Well before Christian times a horseshoe was thought to represent a crescent moon and was, therefore, a very potent fertility charm! On her wedding day, if the bride carries a horseshoe with ribbons tied on it during the ceremony, it gathers all the good luck from the day. After the wedding, the horseshoe can then be placed above the doorway of the couple's new home. This item is especially popular in Irish weddings, where brides are given a charm or bracelet with the horseshoe to wear down the aisle. In other cultures, horseshoes are given as gifts because they ward off evil spirits. The "luckiest" horseshoes are cast from iron to form the perfect marriage of fire and earth.

Shoes: To ensure luck around your each footstep

You will be surprised to know that a couple of traditions involve human shoes as well. It is a Swedish custom for the bride to place coins from her parents inside her wedding shoes to symbolize that she will "never do without" during the marriage. Mom gives a gold coin for the right shoe and dad a silver coin for the left which symbolizes lifelong prosperity and fortune. One more shoe-related tradition comes from Medieval times according to which in ancient times people believed that they were bestowing good luck on the newlyweds when men threw shoes at them! Thank goodness, today we have drifted away from that violent tradition, and shoes are tied to the back of the getaway car instead.

Wedding Bells: Ring the bell... for Mr. & Mrs.

We should thank the ancient Celtic and Irish traditions for this idea of bringing good luck to the wedding day. Church bells are incorporated into wedding ceremonies as a symbol of abundance and prosperity; the ringing of bells was often believed to ward off evil spirits. Bells ringing on your wedding day bring a harmonious family life with every chime. You will notice Irish brides holding bouquets with small bells attached to them. Wedding superstition stipulates that bells would frighten away evil spirits intent on extinguishing the new couple's lasting happiness. The bells are likewise trusted to shower luck and fortune on the newlyweds. The ringing of bells was also a way to spread the good news of a couple's union across long distances. Bells continue to play a notable role in modern weddings.

Wedding Veil: To hide the bride from bad spirits

This one is my favorite! Thanks to the Romans who believed that if a bride’s face was exposed on her wedding day, bad spirits would find her and cause chaos in a new marriage. This gave birth to the tradition of the bridal veil. Until the wedding vows were exchanged and the engaged couple was pronounced man and wife, the veil kept the bride’s face hidden. Brides retain their love for the veil as it is a chic way to complete their wedding day outfit. Bad spirits are also behind the superstition that involves a groom carrying his new bride across the threshold of their home. The belief was that evil spirits linger at the threshold of a home. By carrying his bride through the doorway, the evil spirits could not attach themselves to her. Since then, carrying a bride across the threshold is simply a way for the groom to welcome his new bride into his home and life.

Wedding traditions and customs differ across cultures, countries, religions, and societies in terms of how a marriage is celebrated, but are strongly symbolic, and often have roots in superstitions for what makes a lucky or unlucky marriage. In Asia, cranes embroidered on a bride’s dress symbolize fidelity and a long marriage. Bulgarian couples step into the church right foot first for good luck! In China, post-ceremony firecrackers chase away evil spirits and protect the couple’s union. As per Cambodian traditions carrying a sword to the altar will bless the marriage with harmony and strength. According to Czech Republic wedding traditions, peas thrown by guests at the newlyweds bring good luck and best wishes to the duo. On the eve of the wedding, German couples will smash dishes so that nothing will break in their newly united homestead. In Great Britain, brides consider it good luck to find a spider lurking in their wedding dress! In Greece, the bride will insert a sugar cube into her glove to sweeten her marriage. In Holland, the happy couple plants lilies of the valley around their home for a love that blossoms every spring. In India, Hindu brides throw rice grains from over their heads without looking back to ensure wealth and prosperity in the home they grew up in. It means that despite leaving behind her home, she will continue to pray for their material and spiritual prosperity. To start married life with a clean slate, Nigerian couples wash their feet with cold water before entering their home as man and wife. The Norwegian bride wears an ornate silver and gold crown that has small charms dangling all around it. When she moves, the tinkling sound is supposed to deflect evil spirits. In Thailand, wedding guests tie white strings, known as sai sins around the bride’s wrists for luck. Wearing them for three days confers extra good fortune!

Thanks for reading the article, we hope you found this blog interesting and helpful. But before I bid adieu let me ask you this - does good luck or bad luck really exist? If you ask me to put in my two cents I would say - “Everyone is lucky in some or the other way! For instance, we are luckier than people who were born centuries ago when there was no electricity, technology, advanced medical help, amenities, means of transportation, and electronic gadgets that have made our life easier. A person born with a silver spoon in their mouth is luckier than many people who struggle to meet the ends throughout their life. A person seems luckiest to me if they are born healthy when I look at many others who came to the world with disabilities and are living miserable lives. In a way, being lucky is actually being positive in attitude. If one carries a positive attitude they can see luck in everything or turn bad luck into a good one. Remember the theory of half-filled glass with water. Technically the glass is full as half of the space is filled with air. I am not saying that you stop believing in what makes you ‘you’. We love you the way you are! We love ‘love’ and we understand you would want luck for the sake of your love. There is no harm in believing in something that could bring you courage or good luck or attract positive energy for you. Even if the chances are just 1%. And we are truly by your side if you are hoping to be lucky in the desired field of life by keeping something in your bodily contact. Luck is truly a blessing in disguise maybe from your parents, close ones, or nature herself giving you hope and confidence to start anything new. Embrace it with your heart and soul open!

Whether you are a superstitious bride or just doing it because your elder ones want you to do them, following these traditions for luck could be fun! We wish you and your future spouse all the good luck in the world, but as long as you love and respect each other and are together keeping each other happy, you probably aren't going to need any luck!

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