Here are some selected wedding old wives tales for you to enjoy. I looked these up and since it is summer, our annual time for weddings I think it is appropriate. Perhaps I can dispel some old ones or get a chuckle from you readers.
Gifts at the bridal shower.
The first gift the bride opens should be the first gift she uses within her marital home. Let us hope your friends make sure you get something useful and not a gag gift. My friends have a wild sense of humor, like many friends at bridal showers so please make sure the first gift is not of an adult nature.
Everything the bride says as she opens her gifts will be repeated on her wedding night so someone should be assigned to write down these comments during the shower. This will be funny, but with the laughter that prevails at bridal showers, you had better make sure it is a fast writer.
The person who gives the third gift to be opened will soon have a baby. I am sure this one is just an old wives tale but it may be interesting to find out how often it happens.
Save the ribbons from the shower gifts to make a mock bouquet to be used at the wedding rehearsal. This one will not only save you money and it is rumored to bring luck to the rehearsal.
Days and months
When planning a wedding certain days of the week, and certain months of the year are better than others are for a wedding but most people tend to get married on Saturdays, which are the worst of all according to the saying. Get married on Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, and Saturday for no luck at all. I guess no one gets married on Sundays because the churches are all booked up. I would like to think that since all days follow suit of the day before that Sundays would be all luck. Hey, it makes sense to me.
Married when the year is new, he will love, kind & be true. When February birds do mate, you neither wed nor fear your fate. Guess we are not supposed to get married in February. If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you will know, I am not getting married in March! Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man., and who ever came up with that is seriously misguided. Marry in the month of May, and you will surely rue the day, hate the day, surely, you jest. Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you will go so if you want to travel get married in June.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread, heck we all must work for a living any ways. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see but then again what marriage does not make us see many changes? Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine, I think next time I will marry in September. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry, I guess this one is for arranged marriages.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, perhaps that is a marriage made in heaven. When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last, great just what I wanted a cold snowy wedding day.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue and a lucky sixpence in her shoe is what you must carry. This is something that many brides choose still to do in these modern days. To tell you the truth I have never carried a sixpence, nor have I heard of that saying. We all want the best of luck when we get married but who really knows if it works or not.
Colors of the wedding dress.
Married in White, you have chosen right and is not for virgins only anymore! Married in Grey, you will go far away, but why would anyone wish to get married in grey? Married in Black, you will wish yourself back to the days when you were not married. Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead; this is the traditional color of wedding dresses in some Asian countries. Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, this is bogus I think I cannot imagine someone wishing to get married in a pea soup green dress. Married in Blue, you will always be true, but will your spouse? Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, you may get dizzy, but you will look great. Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, I guess this one is for the shotgun weddings. Married in Brown, you will live in the town, and never experience the country air. Married in Pink, you spirit will sink and you will regret wearing pink on your special day.
There are good omens and bad ones in everything but on a wedding day, they take precedence over just about everything. Good Omens include seeing a rainbow
having the sunshine, meeting a black cat and meeting a chimney sweep on the way to your wedding. Bad Omens include seeing a pig, a wild rabbit, or lizard running across the road in front of the vehicle you are going to the church in, seeing an open grave or meeting a nun or a monk foretell barrenness.
If the groom drops the wedding band during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed. How many times have you been to a weeding when this has happened? Relax it is just the nervousness of the groom and nothing else.
The new bride must enter her home by the main door, and must not trip or fall – hence the custom of carrying the bride over the threshold. The old wives tale here is if she falls, the marriage is domed. Perhaps this is why men from the olden days would carry the bride in the door, assuring themselves a happy marriage.
The spouse who goes to sleep first on the wedding day will be the first to die but no studies show this!
If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband and will need to wash her pillow in the morning! Come on this is silly. Who would actually try this one? I bet somewhere through the ages some woman has done this.