The Luck of the Irish: Good Luck Wedding Traditions from Around the World
March 16, 2018
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide and brings out the Irish charm in those of us who aren’t even Irish. The Irish are proud of their culture and their country, hardworking, funny, and loved by all. There’s something so contagious about this holiday that reminds us that having a good time is always a great idea, and that the Irish might truly be the luckiest people out there. To kick off tomorrow’s St. Paddy’s day celebrations, we’re taking a look at wedding traditions around the world that are thought to bring luck to couples on their big day.
Ireland: Though the Irish are already thought to be lucky, brides will often add some Lavender, a symbol of happiness, to their bridal bouquets. You can also incorporate this in the men’s boutonnieres, or have your guests toss Lavender as you walk down the aisle for your recessional. If you’re not into Lavender, another Irish tradition is to sew a small horseshoe onto your attire for good luck. Don’t forget about Shamrocks or four leaf clovers either!
India: What’s one of the biggest fears for most wedding couples? Rain! In Indian culture, rain on your wedding is actually considered good luck, because it symbolizes fertility and cleansing. If you’re not afraid of the weather ruining your day and can consider it a positive omen, then you have nothing to worry about. Indian brides often also get henna tattooed on their bodies, which is meant to protect from evil. The darker the henna lines, the more good luck the couple will have.
Greece: We all know that when you say your vows, you’re committing to loving someone until death parts you. How do you keep a marriage sweet for so many years? That’s easy! In Greek culture, you wrap a sugar cube in tissue and keep it on you (inside your dress or in your suit pocket) to promote a sweet marriage.
Poland: Worried about crying on your wedding day and finding the perfect waterproof mascara? No need! In Poland, it’s actually considered a good thing to let loose and cry on your wedding day. For Polish wedding couples, tears at the wedding means that there will be fewer tears in the years to come. It’s your wedding and you can cry if you want to!
Spain: While the bouquet toss is traditionally considered good luck for the gal who catches it, in Spain the grooms tie is considered the lucky item. After the wedding is over, the grooms tie will be cut up into pieces and auctioned off to his friends to bring them good fortune in their love lives!
China: In Chinese culture, it’s very important to choose an auspicious wedding date. To be sure that the wedding date will bring a happy marriage, the couple will consult with a Chinese monk, fortune-teller or Chinese calendar. Certain wedding dates and seasons should be avoided, and all of this is based largely on the bride’s birthdate!