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Day of the Wedding and During the Ceremony:
Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.
A bride must step over the church sill with her right foot.
As the bride leaves the home she should step over the thresh hold with her right foot.
Old slippers or rice (for fertility) must be thrown after a bride for good luck.
It is good luck to see a chimney sweep on the way to church.
It is unlucky to drop the ring at the marriage ceremony.
If it rains on the wedding, the bride will cry all her married life.
To marry in a storm betokens an unhappy life.
A double wedding is unlucky; one of the marriages will be unhappy.
Runaway matches will prove unlucky.
It is a sign of ill luck to take off the wedding ring.
It is bad luck for the bride to be to be seen in her wedding dress before the wedding.
The pair to be married should stand in line with the cracks in the floor, and not at right angles to them.
When a couple are married and are driving off, if old shoes are thrown after them for good luck, and one of the shoes lodges on the coach or carriage, it is a sign that one of the party will die before the year is out.
After the marriage ceremony is performed, the one that walks first from the altar is the one who will die first, either bride or groom.
If the younger sister is married before the elder, the latter will have to dance in a pig’s trough.
Wedding Timing and Weather:
- Marry in Lent, Live to repent.
- The day after a wedding is called the bride’s day, the next day the groom’s day; the condition of the weather on these days will indicate whether their lives are to be happy or otherwise.
- The wedding day is the bride’s day, and the weather foretells her married life. The following is the bridegroom’s, and his married life is shown in the same manner. The third day shows how they will live together.
- The two days before the wedding are the bride’s days. If they are pleasant, she will have good luck, etc.
Choosing the Wedding Date
Another interesting superstition is that the couples should avoid either one of their birthdays as their wedding date. An ancient English rhyme sums up the days of the week for a marriage date:
‘Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all;
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday for no luck at all.’
More beliefs associated with the day of the marriage are:
Monday–a bad day.
Tuesday–you will have a good husband and will live long.
Wednesday–a grand day; you will have a good husband, and will live happily, but will have some trouble. Wednesday is the luckiest day on which to be married.
Thursday–a bad day.
Friday–a bad day.
Saturday–no luck at all.
Sunday–no luck at all.
But whatever day is chosen, it is generally considered unlucky for the couple to wed after dark. This would foretell a troubled marriage, children dying prematurely, and the couple facing an early death. After the date of the wedding is set it shouldn’t be changed as this would be bad luck.
You’ll Be What You Wear
Married in grey, you will go far away.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in red, you 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 out of town.
Married in pink, your fortune will sink.
In choosing a month to get married there is always superstitions to guide you.
FEBRUARY : When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
MARCH : If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you will know.
APRIL : Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.
MAY : Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
JUNE : Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you will go.
JULY : Those who in July do wed must labor for their daily bread.
AUGUST : Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
SEPTEMBER : Marry in Septembers shrine so that your life is rich and fine.
OCTOBER : If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
NOVEMBER : If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
DECEMBER : When December snows fall fast, marry, and your love will last.
In Korea, when you choose your spouse, you have to be careful. If you marry someone five years difference in age, “won jin sal” will bother you. You’ll fight with yur spouse every day, but you won’t get divorced. And, if you marry someone six years older or younger than you are, “sang chun sal” will make you strange. You and your spouse will live happily, but you will always be beggars. As a result, many Koreans consider four years difference or seven years difference in age between the bride and the bridegroom is the best age.