Whilst researching superstitions related to weddings I was interested to learn of one from the Middle Ages which I thought I would share.
In the Middle Ages it was considered a bad omen for the newly married couple to meet a cat, dog, lizard, snake or rabbit as they left the church. However, meeting a wolf, spider or toad was extremely good.
How times change,
Your wedding day will be full of emotion as you create many happy memories and as a couple pledge yourselves to creating a future together.
Don't worry if everything gets a little too much for it is good luck for a bride to cry on her wedding day as it symbolises that she has shed all her tears and will not shed more during her marriage.
My top tip - enjoy your day and wear waterproof mascara !
It can be really good to include a custom from another country or culture in your ceremony. Here are just a couple of ideas you might like.
Bells are traditionally rung to keep evil spirits away and ensure harmony. It is an Irish tradition to also include bells within the bouquet as a reminder of the vows that have been made.
In Italy many newly weds smash a vase or glass at their wedding. The idea is that each fragment of the glass represents a year. Therefore the more pieces the glass smashes into the longer the marriage will last.
For more ideas about what you can include in your ceremony why not contact me ?
"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in your shoe."
A rhyme that is familiar to us all.
Wearing something old on your wedding day reflects the bride's past.
Something new - signifies the new and happy future ahead
Something borrowed - Borrow something from a happily married person and then some of their good fortune and happiness will pass to you.
Blue is the colour which represents devotion, love and fidelity.
Putting a silver sixpence in your shoe is a Scottish tradition. The sixpence is given to the bride by her father or other member of her family in the hope that the couple will always have enough money.
Will you be following this tradition ?
If so why not share what you plan to carry on your wedding day.
With the weather seeming to fluctuate so much many couples are worried about whether their big day will be fine and dry.
But take heart - rain on your wedding day is good luck. We often use the phrase "tying the knot" when we refer to getting married. When a not becomes wet it also becomes extremely hard to undo. So rain on your wedding day if a good start to a long and happy life together.
A marriage during a snow storm is also considered a lucky one. An old saying tells us that couples who wed in the snow whilst never being wealthy will lead a happy life together. Hopefully we won't see snow in August but who knows !!
Whatever the weather on your day I hope that you have memories to cherish and can look forward to a wonderful future.
There are many ways to make a ceremony unique through the use of music poetry and symbolic actions.
In a Celebrant led ceremony there are no restrictions on content.
Why not include something that reflects your interests as a couple ? If you like cooking together then why not think about sharing a range of food during the ceremony or you could mix a cocktail.
If you are interested in adding something with a spiritual meaning then you could take inspiration from Native American traditions and think about the elements of fire, wind, earth and sun.
Maybe you could take inspiration from famous books. In the story of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy meet for the first time when Peter is attempting to reattach himself to his shadow. Since his attempt to stick it back with soap fails, Wendy offers to sew the shadow onto Peter with a needle and thread. Once it is attached she offers to give Peter a kiss and he holds out his hand. Not wishing to offend him Wendy places her thimble in his hand.
So the thimble becomes a symbol both love and the capacity for compassion.
For further ideas and inspiration why not get in touch as I am always happy to chat or check out the notes section on my facebook page.
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.