How superstitious are you? It turns out I’m a little on the superstitious side even though I thought I wasn’t. My husband pointed out that in my day-to-day life I’ll make sure I never walk on a row of three drains, I’ll avoid walking under ladders and I’ll always say ‘touch wood’ before mentioning anything that might tempt fate!
I was speaking to a friend about which month she should marry as she’s undecided between spring and summer. I mentioned the month of May and she gasped so severely that I genuinely thought she was choking on something. It was then she explained to me that the month of May is supposed to be unlucky.
Now I think of myself as a bit of a wedding connoisseur, yet I had never heard of this so I hopped online and did a little research and this is what I found. Information sourced from weddings.co.uk.
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’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bread.
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.
May has been considered an unlucky month to marry in for a number of reasons. In Pagan times the start of summer was when the festival of Beltane was celebrated with outdoor orgies. This was therefore thought to be an unsuitable time to start married life. In Roman times the Feast of the Dead and the festival of the goddess of chastity both occurred in May. Queen Victoria is thought to have forbidden her children from marrying in May.
So, what other interesting wedding superstitions are there? I think the something old, something new superstition, which originated in Victorian times, is the most popular one still used to this day all over the world.
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in your shoe
The ‘something old’ represents strong friendships throughout the marriage. The ‘something new’ symbolises a happy and prosperous future where the ‘something borrowed’ is a valued item lent by the bride’s family. ‘Something blue’ originates from Israel as the bride would wear a blue ribbon representing fidelity and the silver sixpence worn in the brides shoe was to ensure the newlyweds wealth.
There are lots of other superstitious wedding traditions that I was completely unaware of so I’ll carry on researching and bring you part two tomorrow!
Penelope x x