29 April 2011

Some Wedding Myths and Ledgends

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge leave Westmisnter Abbey
photo taken off TV screen

An estimated two billion viewers round the world tune in for the British Royal Wedding today

So I thought I’d take a look at some of the myths surrounding weddings.

The problem is that some carry both positive and negative connotations, which creates some confusion as in the traditional gift of pearls.

For some the traditional gift of pearls for a wedding can mean tears in the future for the bride. But I prefer the one that states pearls replace a bride’s tears of happiness on her wedding day.

But then, that in itself could cause problems, because some believe that bride tears during her wedding are a good omen. Guess the verdict on pearls will have to remain ‘out’.

On the way to the church:
It is considered good luck for a bride to meet a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black cat on her way to church: but a pig or funeral are bad omens, on the wedding day.

I don’t think Kate’s going to see many pigs on her way to the Cathedral, so she should be safe on that one!

It is also considered good fortune if on the journey to the church the bride sees a policeman, clergyman, doctor or a blind man.

In that case, Kate is well protected, as she’ll see more policemen on her journey to the church than most people see in a lifetime.

The groom should give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the church for good luck.

Problem with that one is Royals don’t carry their own money during official functions, and nothing can be more official than William’s wedding.

If it rains on your wedding day is another of those good/bad luck omens. In the positive version, rain is said to foretell the coming of children just as rain promotes growth in the farmer's fields. In the unlucky version, rain drops represent the many tears a bride will cry throughout her marriage.
Tough call, as it’s predicted to rain on Friday 29th April. 
Happily the sun came out and everyone had a wonderful day.

The bride shouldn't make her own dress. Well, Kate’s got no problem with this one.
This wedding myth states that for every stitch of the wedding dress the bride sews herself she'll shed one tear during her marriage.
Happily Sarah Burton made Kate's beautiful gown http://windsorknot.today.com/_news/2011/04/29/6554229-finally-kates-royal-wedding-gown-revealed

It is considered to be tempting fate if the bride signs her married name before the wedding. And if anyone drops the ring before the wedding then save yourself some money and cancel the whole caboodle before you start. Some myths about dropping the wedding ring go so far as the say it means the culprit will be the first to die. Wow, that’s too scary for words.

Oh, and did you know that each day has a special significance for those who hitch the knot?

If you marry on:-
Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday's the best of all.
Thursday brings crosses,
And Friday losses,
But Saturday - no luck at all.

I bet no one found that one when they set the date for William and Kate!

Even the time of day is said to predict the outcome. Get married on the downswing of the minute hand and oh boy, but wait until it starts ascending and all will be smiles.

The thing about this royal couple is that they look good together.

picture taken off TV screen

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