As a newlywed, first off, let me say this: Being in love and deciding to stay committed to one person for the rest of your life is the most beautiful thing in the world. My husband and I have been married for five blissful months, and we’ve been together for three years. We got married at the local courthouse in February and had a wedding reception the following month. Although, my husband and I did it the more reasonable and affordable way, don’t let that change your mind about how you want your future wedding to be. Be aware: There are a couple of things that may go slightly left on your special day. Here are ten possible things that could go wrong on your wedding day.
1. Crossing the Path of a Nun.
Unless you’re planning on getting married in a monastery, this has an increasingly unlikely chance of happening to you. In folklore traditions, coming across a nun means the bride will be barren. Seeing as how nuns never have children, it’s believed that it could pass on down to the bride.
2. Receiving Knives as a Gift.
It’s always lovely to welcome new eating utensils but, say no to knives! Knives have the potential of cutting everything in two, including your marriage.
3. Using Your Married Name Before the Wedding.
Every woman gets excited to be married. Not only because she gets to be dolled up for a day and have everybody around her just as excited as she but, because a wedding means a new beginning. And a new last name. But don’t start using it before the big day, though! If you do, you are dooming your marriage from even taking place! So, continue to use your maiden name until you sign on the dotted line.
4. Getting Married on a Saturday, the 13th or the Month of May.
I know getting married on a Saturday seems typical: Normally, everyone is off work and no school. So, why not? Superstition says that thirteen is an unlucky number, and when it comes to having a wedding on the 13th day or the whole month of May, these are both terrible times to get married. English folklore says getting married on a Saturday will bring the couple a life of bad luck.
5. April or June Weddings.
After reading number four, I know you’re wondering: So, when is the appropriate or right time to get married? According to Greek mythology, April is the month that was sacred to Venus, the goddess of love and June is sacred to Juno, the goddess of marriage.
6. Seeing Each Other Before the Ceremony.
They say the groom is never supposed to see the bride before the wedding and vice versa. Back when arranged marriages between families were a thing, it was forbidden for the future married couple to see each other, for fear they would change their minds right before the wedding. I know you’ll be anxious to see your partner but, after you’re married, you’ll have forever to look at them for the rest of your life.
7. Veil or No Veil?
It’s a tradition for the bride to wear a veil with her dress while walking down the aisle. It’s meant to protect the bride from any evil spirits that may be jealous of her marital happiness.
8. Rain on Your Wedding Day? That’s a Good Thing.
You may have planned your wedding in the Spring or Summertime because the sun will be out, and the weather will be nice and warm. But if it rains? Don’t let that upset you. In some cultures, rain signifies fertility and spiritual cleansing.
9. Let It All Out.
While we’re talking about rain, don’t be ashamed to cry on your wedding day. Crying will bring you good luck because this means that during your marriage, you won’t have a reason to complain.
10. Jumping the Broom.
While this an African tradition that originated in Ghana, it also signifies sweeping away past wrongs from both partners in the marriage, as well as, removing evil spirits. During slavery, Africans weren’t allowed to have a traditional wedding like their owners so; they would gather around, sing Negro spirituals, cook fantastic soul food and have the lucky couple jump the broom to signify their vows for life to one another. It is still used in some weddings till this day and is also a way to honor African ancestors.
With all of these tips, I hope you enjoy your future wedding day when the time comes, and I wish you and your partner a successful and beautiful marriage.