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Myths and Old Wives Tales


 

Different cultures have their share of superstitions. You may be surprised to find that your parents or your future in-laws may hold some strong views about certain superstitions or none at all! It is best to have them share their views early on in the planning process. This show of respect is also a way for the both of you to further strengthen and seal your acceptance into each other’s families.


A mix of cultures. Photo by Tinydot Photography. Wedding of Mildred and Michael.

PERFECT RINGS
Being complete circles, the wedding rings represent the couple’s everlasting love. The rings should not be re-adjusted, which can involve cutting and re-joining. It is best to be fitted for your exact size before purchasing.

RESIST MEETING
It is considered unlucky for the groom to see his bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony. Some cultures even forbid the couple to meet in the three days preceding the wedding. Just three days for a lifetime of happiness? That’s definitely worth sacrificing for! Besides, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

COLOUR RIGHT
For weddings, white is the colour of purity and chastity to Christians; while the Chinese like red for good luck, the Malays green for it’s the traditional colour for the religion; and to the Indians, gold and red are auspicious. Most cultures are unanimous on colour taboo, namely black.

ON BORROWED GOWN
Most people rent a dress for their wedding, some people borrow one. But did you know that by borrowing a wedding gown, you’ll gain good luck while the lender the opposite?

IN FULL GEAR
It is considered unlucky to be fully dressed in your wedding attire before the actual day. So what do you do during your fittings or your studio and outdoor photography sessions? Simple! Just leave out something such as the veil.

INTO THE LOOKING GLASS
A bride should not look too frequently in the mirror during her wedding; it represents that she is anticipating the occurrence of a bad event.

VEILED TO PROTECT
Brides are believed to be particularly susceptible to evil spirits, and the veil protects her from harm.

THE FIRST PURCHASE
The partner who makes the first purchase after the wedding is believed to be the dominant one in the marriage.

These superstitions are fun to read and listen to, and even if some should sound logical and probable, it is best to just take everything you hear with a pinch of salt. Celebrate your wedding without inhibitions, and be spontaneous!




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Colour: Red
Theme: Chinois
Keywords: Bride and Groom, Customs, Wedding Planning



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