Wedding traditions and myths are a mind boggling prospect, with some just being down right strange. However there are many that bride and grooms still choose to adhere to. Something blue anyone? Here we take a look at some of the more unusual myths that have been around centuries.
THE BRIDE The word may come from the Proto-Germanic verb root *brū-, meaning ‘to cook, brew, or make a broth,’ which was the role of the daughter-in-law in primitive families.
THE GROOM The word “bridegroom”, a husband-to-be at a wedding, is derived from bride and the archaic goom, is dated to 1604, short for bridegroom from Old English guma “boy”.
THE BRIDESMAIDS Traditional dressed similar to the bride including a veil, the bridesmaids job was to ward off evil spirits to ensure the couple would not be plagued on their wedding day.
THE GROOMSMEN This hails back to a time when a groom would kidnap his future wife. The groomsmen would serve as a defensive line when the bride’s family tried to retrieve her. They defend the groom and his intended both on their flight from the family and at the service in case the family tried to intervene and prevent the wedding.
THE RING It was the early Egyptians started to put engagement rings on the 4th finger as they believed that a vein ran from this finger straight to the heart.
THE DAY Saturday is by far the most popular day to get married, this is for obvious reasons. However this may be something to reconsider . . . Monday – for wealth. Tuesday – for health. Wednesday – for the best day of all. Thursday – for losses. Friday – for crosses. Saturday – for no luck at all.
THE MONTH As with the day of the week chosen, the month you select can also have bearing on your future (apparently) Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true; When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate; If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know; Marry in April when you can, joy for Maiden and for Man; Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day; Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you will go; Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bred; Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see; Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine; If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry; If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember; When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last”.
So if that’s anything to go by, a Wednesday in June is looking like a recipe for a happy marriage.
THE FAVOURS In the seventeenth century at high society weddings, scarves, gloves or jewellery were often given as wedding favours. As sweets became more widespread and popular this later developed into 5 sugared almonds -which symbolize health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life. However now, favours can be anything from a keyring to a candle.
THE DRESS Not only does a white dress symbolise purity, it is also said to ward off evil spirits. But white isn’t the only colour . . . “Married in white, you will have chosen all right. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in red, you’ll wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in yellow, ashamed of the fellow. Married in brown, you’ll live out of town. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.”