More Myths and Meanings
I am not saying they are true… I am just saying a marraige is hard work. Why not take all the luck you can get?
Wearing pearls: this myth has both bad luck and good luck meanings. The not so lucky version of this myth: pearls represent future tears; therefor wearing them will bring many tears and heartache in the marriage. The much luckier version of this myth: the pearls take the place of the bride’s real tears. Result: she’ll have a happy, tear-free wedding.
Dropping the wedding ring: this is another good luck bad luck wedding myth. Good luck: dropping the wedding ring during the ceremony was seen as lucky because it would shake out evil spirits hiding in the ring. Bad luck: dropping the ring was considered the most ominous of events; whoever dropped the ring was said to be the first to die. (a little harsh don’t you think?)
Time of day to get married: the couple should exchange vows as the clock’s minute hand is moving upwards, any time half past the hour, for example 3:30 or 5:45. The upward movement is said to bring blessings upon the couple as the minute hand is “ascending towards heaven.”
Surname of the same first letter: it is considered unlucky for the bride to marry a man with a surname that begins with the same first letter as hers. This wedding myth is summarized in the following Victorian rhyme: “To change the name and not the letter; is to change for the worst and not the better.”
Wedding Viel: The wedding viel hides the brides beauty, and blocks evil spirits. Another explanations is that during the day of arranged marraiges, the brides face would be covered until the groom commited to the marraige.
Where to stand: The bride stands on the left of the groom during the marriage ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free, ready to fight off other men who may want her as their bride.
Wedding Rings: The wedding ring is considered sacred and should not be lent to others to try on, it will bring bad luck and even the possibility of unfaithfulness. If ever the wedding rings are removed by a bride, it must be the groom who returns them to her fingers to continue the good luck. (I like this one)