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Wedding lucky symbols, mascots, traditions and superstitions

“Weddings are from heaven ” is an old saying, but here on earth they are surrounded with a lot of lucky/unlucky symbols and a lot of old traditions and superstitions. No matter how modern you are and how free and easy you want your wedding to be, some of these symbols and tradition seemed to be carried on.

For example, the ring tradition dates back to Greeks. They thought that the third finger of the hand has a direct connection with the heart.

Also from the Greeks and Romans comes the tradition that May is a bad month for weddings (they celebrate the feast of dead and the goddess of chastity this month) and June is the best one for couples (because of the celebration of Juno, the goddess of love and marriage).

On their wedding day almost all brides have “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe”. This tradition came from Victorian period and has a lot of meanings:  something old (a piece of jewellery) represents the connection with her “old” family; something new (the gown) signifies the new beginnings, something borrowed (the veil/hanky from a happy married friend) has to be return in good condition after the event to bring good luck, something blue (blue is the colour or fidelity), and a silver sixpence is for future wealth (many brides and grooms exchange coins and wear them during the wedding as a symbol of prosperity and good luck).

After getting out of the church the guests throw confetti on the newly-weds, flower petals or rice to bring good luck, fertility, richness and prosperity to the new family.

In the UK there is the unique tradition (dating back to King George III) regarding good luck: a chimney sweep has to congratulate the couple!

The unmarried woman that catches the bride's bouquet (and the bachelor that catches the bride's garter) are said to be the ones that will marry within a year.

Then the groom has to have on the wedding day a small mascot for good luck (it has to be offered by the best man).  Actually today the “mascot tradition” has increased in size.

The couple choose one (or a pair) and this will appear everywhere: as a toy on the pairs' limousine and the others meaning of transport at he wedding or as a toy near the flowers on the guests' tables at the reception; as figurines on the top of the wedding cake, as pictures on the party flavours, napkins.

Lately a lot of couples hire a person to be the mascot at the wedding and entertain the guest on the dance floor. Mascots can be anything from animals (bear, dolphin, shark, dog, bird, rabbit, duck, elephant, cat, mouse, pig, frog ),  vegetables or fruits (carrot, corny), sunflower or Monchhichi.

At your wedding you are free to choose whatever of these symbols and tradition that suits you.

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