Wedding Wardrobe - Wedding Customs and Superstitions
It is thought unlucky for the bride to make her
It is also unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her wedding
dress before until she arrives at the
The bride should not wear her entire outfit before the wedding day.
Some brides leave a final stitch on the dress undone until it is time
to leave for the ceremony when the outfit is completed.
We always seem to associate
the colour white,
with the wedding
however this wasn't always the case!
In past times ladies would wear their "best" dress to marry,
being simply a matter of preference.
in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in town,
in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
in Black, you will wish yourself back.
A green dress is thought to be unlucky unless the bride is Irish. The
old expression that a woman has a 'green gown' was used to imply promiscuity,
the green staining being due to rolling in grassy fields.
introduction of the "White"
started with the Victorian aristocracy, and was used as a status symbol,
or show of wealth, following Queen Victoria, who married in white. This
was a break from tradition, as the "Royals" would usually
The more recent associations with white symbolising virginity dates
back to ancient Rome, where white robes were used to symbolise youth,
joy and purity.
Dating back to Roman times, the bride would wear
from head to toe, by means of a disguise, thought to outwit evil spirits.
Indeed even the bridesmaids
would wear similar veils,
to assist in the confusion!
Today we tend to associate the veil
with modesty and chastity.
church weddings often see a veiled
bride as a show of respect, by covering
the shoulders and face.
In a custom dating back to arranged marriages, the groom's family very
rarely let him see the bride prior to the ceremony.
The groom if displeased with the brides looks may have refused to marry
Only after completion of the wedding ceremony was the groom permitted
to lift the veil
and see his bride for the first time.
In some Eastern ceremonies the bride is veiled
and the groom is not allowed to see the bride's face until after the
In some Jewish weddings there is a ritual where the groom ensures that
the bride is his intended before placing the veil over her face.
The tradition of tying shoes
to the back of the couple's car stems from Tudor times, when guests
would throw shoes
at the bride and groom. If they or their carriage were hit, it meant
good luck was bestowed upon them.
In Anglo Saxon times, to establish his authority the groom symbolically
struck the bride with a shoe.
Brides would then throw a shoe
at the bridesmaids
to see who would marry next!
Makes you appreciate the bouquet toss, doesn't it?
The Wedding Garter
were originally used to hold up stockings and are still regarded by
many brides as an essential wedding accessory. Wearing something Blue
often takes the form of a wedding
garter incorporating a blue bow stitched
onto it for luck. Alternatively a small blue bow can be stitched into
the lining of the Wedding
The significance of the colour blue is that is represents Constancy
and Loyalty and from biblical times a symbol of Purity.
These associations have been absorbed into folk wisdom and passed on
in the form of rhyme.
Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue,
and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.
Purse Dorothy Bag
bag or dorothy
bag was usually carried by the bridesmaids
in order to carry their wedding confetti.
Throwing confetti is probably a relic of former fertility rites. Variations
occur throughout the world; flowers, petals, grain, cakes, sugar almonds
and rice are all used.
The modern use of the dolly
bag, (known as a wedding
purse in the USA), is a convenience
accessory, for carrying some of the