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Wedding traditions you should know about

By Andrea Petrou on March 31st, 2010 0 comments yet. Be the First

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It’s hard pleasing everyone in the build up to your wedding day, especially your mother in law. However we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you get her on side. We’ll be giving you a low down of these over the next few weeks but we thought we’d start by helping you tackle her by teaming up with wedding site WeddingPath and giving you a list of all the traditions marriage entails, which will not only show her your serious about the day but also proves that you may go someway to pleasing her in the future.

Study our list below and then drop the traditions into conversation to show her that you’re the perfect daughter in law.

The ring
The most symbolic tradition during the wedding is the exchange of rings. The circle represents never-ending love and faithfulness, while the metal symbolizes constant love. It is placed on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein in this finger is connected directly with the heart.


Some brides carry silver horseshoes in their bouquet or use them as decorations because they are a symbol of good luck, fertility and vitality. They should always be pointing upwards, however, as the luck drains away if they point down.

The flowers

Bouquets are carried by the bride to ward off evil spirits. They were originally made up of herbs rather than flowers.

Old sayings
You may well have heard the familiar saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a lucky sixpence in your shoe.” “Something old, Something new” represents passing from your old life to your new one with your husband. “Something borrowed” symbolizes that the marriage is about sharing, while “something blue” refers to the colour’s association with constancy – so why not include some lavender in your bouquet, or have it tied with blue ribbon?

Some brides wear a garter on their wedding day. In ancient times it represented a virginal girdle, so when the groom removed it, it symbolised the bride’s relinquishing of her virginity!

Mirror Mirror
When the bride is ready to leave the house, it is thought to be good luck to look in the mirror once before departing. Returning to the mirror, however is meant to be bad luck. We don’t think a quick peek in a powder compact to check your make-up on the way to the Church will do any harm though!

Lucky singles

Your wedding is a great occasion for singles who are looking for their own Mr. Right. According to wedding traditions, if unmarried guests place a piece of wedding cake under their pillow before sleeping it will increase their prospects of finding a partner, while bridesmaids will dream of their future husband. An unmarried friend who catches your bouquet thrown over your shoulder will be the next to marry.

Bridesmaids were traditionally dressed in similar outfits to the bride to confuse evil spirits by acting as decoys and protecting the bride.

Good luck symbols

There are supposedly lots of good luck symbols to be spotted on the way to your wedding, including chimney sweeps, rainbows, black cats and lambs. And don’t’ get upset if it unexpectedly snows on your wedding day, as it represents fertility and wealth.

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