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Monday, November 3, 2008

A Little Giveaway...

My sister has requested my help for a class she is currently taking as she works towards her Bachelor's degree...but really she needs your help! For a project in one of her classes, she needs to have a compilation of wedding "superstitions" that people know of or believe. There are of course the classics such as "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" and that the groom shouldn't see the bride before the ceremony. But...she needs if you know of any that you wouldn't mind sharing...we would sure appreciate it!

And as an added incentive, to get as many responses as possible in a short amount of time...I am throwing in a giveaway for one lucky poster. You will receive this adorable vintage porcelain wedding cake topper to add to your collection...or to start one ;)!

Vintage Kissing Cake Topper

I will also be throwing in a few hand made items and a gift certificate to my shop for 25% off your entire order valid through the rest of this year. If you want to participate, simply leave a comment with a wedding superstition that you know of and an email address where I can reach you should your name be drawn. I will be drawing the winner at midnight (Eastern Time) Wednesday, November 5th (sorry for the short notice...but she needs the info asap!) and will contact you Thursday if you have won.

Thanks for the help!


emily said...

I carried my Mothers Sixpence from England that she carried in my show for goodluck. My Grandparents also gave me a decorative horseshoe to carry with my bouquet for goodluck. If it rains on your wedding day it means goodluck also.
If I think of anything else I'll let you know:)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

It rained on our wedding day but I had many people tell me that is a sign of good luck.

I've been married thirty-four years so I guess it worked. :)

Joy said...

I've read that it is bad luck to wear a wedding dress that someone else wore previously.

My Petite Maison said...

I love little tidbits of information like this and had to go look in my Dictionary of English Folklore (I know the little things amuse me much ;)
From the early 19th Century:
Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday no luck at all
(Henderson, 1879)
Happy day!

My Petite Maison said...

The tradition of throwing things over a couple (rice, bird seed, etc.) means welcome, good luck, but you probably knew this one!
(Guess I'd better go get some work done.)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

You are supposed to get married when the clock is at half-hour, so the big hand is going UP instead of down ~ supposed to be good luck.

Counting Your Blessings said...

I'm afraid I'm a doof as I don't know any that I can think up right off the top of my head. However, I do know that the Bible says that if we make Him our dwelling place, He will send His angels to guard over us. What better place to start a new marriage than living everyday in Him.

Alice, you're such a sweet gal to take care of your sister like you do =) Hugs, Polly

MaryBeth said...

I believe jewish tradition of the wedding band being one unbroken circle means good luck, no beginning no end (that is why it has to be no stones, only a continues circle of a metal)
Also on the 3rd finger, a vein goes straight to the heart (not true but a nice thought) MB

Lee said...

Hi Alice,
I am new to your blog and I love it. You are truly talented my friend. I would like to help your sister so here is what I know. I will start off with the one I think is the most unique. Although I am not African American I will never forget hearing about this superstition for African American weddings called "Jumping the Broom". This a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new. This practice dates back to the 19th century.
And the last superstitions are listed below:
Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen
Married in Blue, you will always be true
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow
Married in Brown, you will live in the town
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.
Best of luck with the project!
And God bless you!

linda said...

Not that I believe in this, but tying cans behind the limo is supposed to ward off bad spirits, or so they say.

The one I like is that, at the shower, if you break a pink bow you will have a girl and blue will bring a boy.

Also, now that I am on a roll, the girl who catches the bouquet and the guy who catches the garter get married next. Funny, the weddings I have been to lately the men all scatter away from the fallen garter:)

Joy @The Vintage Rabbit said...

Here's one mom told me that she wore a penny in her shoe the day of her wedding with the same year on the penny and so did I!! It's suppose to bring you good luck!! I have been married for 15yrs!! Hope that helps!!


Anonymous said...

If the bride wears a string of pearls it will keep tears away. I love your blog. Thank you for entering me in. Kim in Virginia Beach

Anonymous said...

Kim in Virginia Beach

Sandi said...

Hi Alice,
This was fun looking for different ones. I found a couple online that are interesting:

When a newly married couple enters their home, the groom should carry the bride over the threshold because if the bride should stumble entering the home, it is a bad omen and also do you know why flower girls drop flower petals as they walk down the aisle? So, the new couple will have lots of chances to have babies.