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Three black veils - marriage & superstition

The classics

The first thing we want to do is introduce you to the meanings of some very classic customs, most of which you have probably heard of or even participated in.

First of all there is the ritual in which the bride carries her - hopefully not too heavy - bridal bouquet into the crowd of guests after the wedding and the lucky catcher suddenly finds herself on first place on the list of future wedding candidates. Many an unsuspecting woman may have had an important conversation with her loved one the evening after her catch.

It is no less common to throw rice at the bride and groom - even if this is now prohibited in some places for safety reasons (danger of slipping!). The meaning behind this culinary treat is simple: The rice grains symbolize fertility and should ensure a rich child blessing in the marriage.

Guaranteed not a custom for credit card or bogus money fanatics, is the following. Then the bride is supposed to collect cents (once it was penny pieces) in order to pay for her bridal shoes in the end. Among other things, it is intended to demonstrate that you are thrifty. In view of the considerable prices for bridal shoes and out of consideration for the nervous health of the seller, the followers of this tradition usually deliver the result of their penny fumigation nowadays, usually counted and rolled up.

Even if the name suggests it: Poltergeister don't get up to mischief on a hen party. However, things are not necessarily peaceful there either. So the point of such an evening is to produce as much broken glass as possible. When porcelain tableware flies through the air and breaks on walls, it is said to drive away even evil spirits. Breaking glasses, however, is more likely to bring bad luck. In any case, by cleaning up the disaster that has arisen together, the bride and groom prove that together they can also clear obstacles out of the way.

A decent bride requires something old, something new, something blue, and something borrowed. At least that is what a British tradition says that has also moved to us for some time. The old stands for the end of time as a bachelorette and is often a jewel of the bride's mother. The new stands for the beginning of life as a married woman. This role can conveniently be taken over by the wedding dress. The color blue is supposed to symbolize eternal loyalty and is often placed in the garters. The borrowed stands for friendship and can, for example, be an accessory or a piece of jewelry from your best friend.

eyes closed

Our next traditions are all about not being seen, or not seeing something.

It should bring a lot of bad luck if the groom sees the dress of his future wife before the wedding. And that's not just because of the spoiled surprise. At least last minute you can prevent this misfortune if you follow the next piece of advice: On the morning of the wedding, the two people who want to marry should not even see each other. In general, one should be prepared for loneliness in the time before the wedding ceremony, because it is also considered a bad omen for the marriage if the bride and groom spend the night in the same room the night before the wedding. Well, you see each other often enough afterwards. But a bride who wants to bridge the short-term deprivation of love with self-admiration also has bad cards: At least before you are fully dressed and made pretty, you shouldn't look in the mirror. And if you want to look at the dress on a friend's body instead, you should be extra careful. According to another superstition, this makes the husband's infidelity inevitable.


Do you want to wear your pants in marriage? For women at least, we have a few promising “rituals” to achieve just that. We cannot guarantee that they will work for men.

The first way to female reign is to lay the bridal wreath and gloves in the groom's hat. Alternatively, you can push yourself over the threshold of the front door in front of your husband. But then you have to refrain from letting yourself be carried over them. The next two rituals seem almost like witchcraft. So you can put Pimpernelle, salt and dill into one of the bridal shoes, hold the corresponding foot over the man's during the wedding ceremony and then mumble the following sentence to yourself: "I step on Pimpernelle, salt and dill; when I talk, you are quiet." The bride should speak a second magic formula three times as she enters the house in front of her husband: "I am the wolf and you the sheep." But it can also be easier. If the bride is the first to buy something after the wedding, her husband will have to cuddle in front of her in the marriage as well.


But even a clear balance of power in marriage will not help you if the weather throws you a spanner in the works. But if the weather gods are well disposed towards you, your future can also benefit from it.

The famous rain on the wedding day can, according to some interpretations, be a bad omen and bring the bride many tears, but mostly it stands for wealth and generous children's blessings, so it is quite desirable. However, you should make sure that it does not rain into the bridal wreath and that the bride's veil does not get wet. Both would be a sure sign of future sadness and tears. Even if the wedding stays dry, there are still dangers lurking. If a violent gust of wind lifts the bride's veil, it means that the couple will not get on well with each other. Fog is also said to indicate an arduous life. With sunshine, on the other hand, you always drive well. Even beyond all superstition.

Dress & clothing

Last but not least, there are good and bad omen that have to do with the bride's clothes.

For example, it shouldn't be a good idea to sew the wedding dress yourself. “Many stitches, many tears” is an old saying about it. Therefore it is better to save yourself the trouble and buy the dress ready-made or maybe have it sewn by a talented friend. It used to be said that the seamstress who makes the first stitch of a wedding dress will be standing in front of the altar herself next year. Whoever sews the dress must make sure that there is no whistle in their sewing room. Otherwise, this could arouse bad spirits. On the other hand, spirits are awakened if you choose a wedding dress with many buttons. The bride should have another year to live for each of these buttons. But it should bring bad luck if you have your wedding dress ready too early. In the case of good old craftsmanship, this can of course easily be avoided. But if you - like most - buy your dress in a shop, you can make do with removing an ornament (for example a small bow) and sewing it back on shortly before the wedding. There is also advice for underwear. According to an Austrian legend, the bride should wear it upside down on the day of her wedding. This irritates evil spirits and has to flee.