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Friday Finds 5.13.11

I am usually not extremely superstitious… except when the Steelers are in the playoffs. In honor of my fiance’s favorite day(s) of the year (Friday the 13th), I figured it would be interesting to highlight some of the wedding superstitions from across the world courtesy of The Knot.

Good Luck and Bad Luck
1. Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove — according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.

2. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!

3. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.

4. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.

5. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny — it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!

6. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.

7. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!

8. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!

9. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.

10. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.

11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without.

12. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.

13. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.

14. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds’ home as a symbol of fertility and luck.

Those are just the first 14 of The Knot’s 50 Wedding Facts & trivia article. Read more here.

I particularly like #36. Though in lieu of family preparing food, we’ll be having random chefs in St. Lucia preparing our food while we relax. Maybe I can talk someone into do this for when we get back though…


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