Today, there are many traditions that dictate the ideas that surround the wedding planning process. Many traditions have been passed down from within the family, whereas some we are not really sure where they originated. However, as weddings become more relaxed, many couples are realizing these traditions are more like myths or superstitions. A myth is a traditional story which explains the early history or cultural belief of a group of people. A superstition is also a type of tradition but is an unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences. These wedding myths and superstitions tend to be the main cause of most stress in the planning process of a wedding. Here are the top wedding myths and superstitions busted.
The first wedding tradition that has come to be ruled as a myth is brides must wear a white wedding dress. This tradition of wearing a white wedding gown can be dated back to 1840. It was not a popular color option for most brides until Queen Victoria wore it. It began to spread into the 19th century as the color to wear. Many people later associated the color white with being pure, however, this was something that was just assumed. Blue is actually the color connected to purity, so having to wear a white wedding dress to show you are pure is a myth. Today, many brides are afraid to break of this traditions because of that stigma. However, we are slowly beginning to see some Brides stray away from this tradition and chose a color gown to be different.
Another wedding tradition that many couples tend to follow is not seeing each other before the ceremony. This particular tradition dates back to when marriages were typically arranged by the parents. The idea of seeing each other before the ceremony was thought of as bad luck, because it would give the couple a chance to change their mind. This has evolved to many couples believing that seeing each other before the ceremony will cause bad luck through the couples’ marriage. This tradition has been ruled a superstition and in fact is something that many couples nowadays tend to stray away from. Many couples choose to do photographs before the ceremony to get those “first-look” photos.
The final and maybe the biggest wedding tradition is the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ phrase. This tradition is when the bride incorporates these four items into either their wedding dress or they carry on them on the day of their wedding as good luck charms. This tradition comes from an Olde English rhyme. The “something old” represents continuity, while the “something new” represents optimism for your future. The “something borrowed” represents borrowed happiness and the “something blue” represents love, fidelity and purity. This superstition typically causes stress amongst bride because it is just one more thing for them to worry about on their big day. However, there is no need for brides to stress out about this because this is just a superstition.
While these examples have been ruled myths or superstitions, they can still hold a beautiful meaning. They in no way have to cause added stress to your special day. Wearing your grandmother’s brooch as your “something old” or having your groom see you for the first time in your wedding gown walking down the aisle, can be a beautiful memory on your special day. We are not bound to follow certain wedding traditions, because no matter what you choose to do, your wedding will be as perfect as you imagined.