|Carrying A Bride Over The Threashold
The Romans believed that it was unlucky if the bride tripped on entering the house
for the first time. So they arranged for several members of the bridal party to carry her
over the threashold. Nowadays the groom is expected to do the job himself :-)
All the best bridal carriages used to be pulled by grey horses and it is still
considered good luck to see a grey horse on the way to the church
Lucky Horse Shoes
Horseshoes have always been lucky. There is anice story about the devil
asking a blacksmith to shoe his single hoof. When the blacksmith recognised his
customer he carried out the job as painfully as possible until the devil roared for mercy.
He was released on condition that he would never enter a place where a horseshoe was
A peal of bells as the bridal couple leave the church is one of the oldest
traditions. Before the days of widespread literacy and newspapers this was how the local
people knew a wedding had taken place. The sound of bells was also said to drive out evil
Lucky Chimney Sweep
Brides still consider it fortunate if they pass a chimney-sweep on the way to the
wedding as the old fashioned soot-covered sweep had magical associations with the family
and hearth - the heart of the home.
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a lucky sixpence in her shoe.
The old and the new items link good influences of the past
with the present. Blue is the colour of constancy and of the Virgin Mary. If the borrowed
item has belonged to a happily married woman this will carry good luck with it. The
sixpence will guarantee enough money through life.
Sew a hair onto the hem of a wedding dress for luck, or let a
drop of blood fall onto an inner seam. The bride must never try on a complicated dress in
advance of her wedding day. To facilitate this tradition a small section of the hem is
left unsewn by the dressmaker until the last moment.
Best Foot Forward
The bride, when she leaves home for the last time as a single girl, should step out
of the house with her right foot for luck
Te an old shoe to the honeymoon car for luck. Anglo Saxon dads always gave away one
of the bride's shoes to the groom who then hit her on the head with it as a sign that
authority had passed from father to husband.
Particular wedding anniversaries have become associated with particular types of
gifts. Although in many cases the choice of gift now has little connection with the
original anniversary present, it's still fun to look at the full list.