5 Common Wedding Day Traditions & Superstitions

It’s a bright sunny day. The bride and groom have not seen each other before the ceremony. The bride has a blue garter and a borrowed necklace. A throw-away bouquet and garter are ready to be tossed. And the cake cutters will dare not cut into that top layer.

All those wedding day superstitions can be crossed off the list. And by the way, don’t forget to tell the photographer.

It’s a good idea for your photographer to know whether you are adhering to the traditional superstitions that have been around for eons.

So, without further ado, here is a list of five common wedding day superstitions and why your photographer will care if you follow them.

Not seeing each other before the wedding

If there is any one superstition your photographer will care about the most, it is this one. Many brides and grooms still follow the old thought that it’s bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding.

We’ve grown up with the notion that brides and grooms should not see each other on the until that magical moment at the ceremony. This superstition stems from a time long ago when marriages were arranged and a groom didn’t see his bride at all until the wedding ceremony.

Some engaged couples still think it is bad luck to see each other before the ceremony. Others just think it’s more special to see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle.

Here’s one thing couples should realize: following this tradition makes a photographer’s life harder. The photographer must squeeze all the family formal photographs in between the ceremony and reception rather than take more time and shoot them before the festivities begin.

Not only does this put stress on the photographer to work fast, it leaves wedding guests waiting at the reception hall for festivities to begin.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This phrase stems from an old Victorian rhyme and today is basically something fun for brides to do on the wedding day.

Something old is meant to be a gift from a happily married woman in the hopes of transferring that happiness to the new bride. Something new represents the new union about to be formed. Something borrowed gives friends or family the opportunity to share their love. Something blue represents fidelity.

Brides don’t often think to mention these items to their photographer, who no doubt would love to photograph them as a remembrance.

Tossing the bouquet and garter

It’s tradition for the bride to toss her bouquet to the single women in attendance during the reception and the groom tosses the garter being worn by the bride.

This stems from medieval times when guests considered it lucky to get a fragment of the bride’s clothing. Rather than have pieces of dress ripped from her, brides started throwing their bouquets as a distraction. Grooms threw garters as a way of saying he was about to “seal the deal.”

Today brides and grooms still follow old tradition and throw the bouquet and garter. Photographers are usually eager to capture these moments so be sure and alert him or her when the time comes.

It’s bad luck to have rain on your wedding day

Rain on the wedding day has long been considered a sign of bad luck. Some believe it represents the number of tears a bride will shed during her marriage.

Others, however, say rain actually is a sign of good luck because it represents cleansing, fertility, unity and renewal. The bottom line is that this superstition means different things in different cultures.

If you have rain on your wedding day you have no choice but to go with it. Think positively. Your photographer can get some very cool shots in the rain.

Saving the top cake layer for the first anniversary

A couple centuries ago, the top tier of the wedding cake was always saved for the christening of the first child born to the couple. Today couples sometimes save the top layer to eat on their first anniversary.

Photographing the cake is an important job of all wedding photographers, so make sure you keep it intact until you know these photos have been taken.

Visit Lori’s Website at LoriBlackPhotography.com.

Author: Lori Black

Lori Black is a wedding photographer in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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