Even if you’re not a superstitious person, you probably do things that are the result of superstitions all the time! For instance, do you avoid walking under ladders? It used to be a common belief that this was bad luck, along with opening an umbrella indoors or frightening a pregnant woman.
Weddings are absolutely jam-packed with superstitions (not seeing the bride in her dress before the wedding, something old and new and borrowed and blue, etc.) and there are some little-known superstitions about wedding dates as well. If you haven’t chosen your date yet, maybe these old superstitions will help!
Days of the Week
If you’re not sure which day of the week to get married on, this old rhyme may be able to help you choose: Monday brides will be healthy, Tuesday brides will be wealthy, Wednesday brides do best of all. Thursday brides will suffer losses, Friday brides will suffer crosses and Saturday brides have no luck at all. Of course, despite this old rhyme, Saturday is the most popular day to get married.
May is considered an especially unlucky time to marry. There’s an old rhyme that says, marry in the month of May and you’ll live to rue the day. So, why is this? In pagan times, May was dedicated to fertility rituals designed to bless the crops. Often times, these rituals took place in the outdoors and included lots of people if you get my drift. It wasn’t considered the wisest time for a bride to wed her husband. It’s even said that Queen Victoria forbade her children from being married in May.
Here’s the remainder of the rhyme, which tells us which months are good for weddings and which are not:
Marry when the year is new and he’ll be loving, kind and true,
When February birds do mate, you wed not or dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow you’ll both know.
Marry in April when you can, and joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May and you’ll live to rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you’ll go.
Those in July who do wed must labor for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September’s shrine your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snow falls fast, marry and true love will last.
Don’t worry if you’ve already set the date and these superstitions decree that your month or day is just all wrong! There are so many old superstitions and typically, one contradicts another. But, if you really want to be sure, consult your zodiac sign and determine from that what days are best for you to marry!