The wonderful wedding season has been in full swing and this leads me straight to a little bit of September Superstition, so I may as well start as I mean to go on and inform all you brides to be of the traditional ‘dos and donts’ of getting hitched!
There are many old wives tales and customs surrounding weddings that originated centuries ago and are still used to this day. These traditions are maintained in the belief that they will bring luck and happiness to the newly wed couple!
From, flowers, days of the week, shoes and surnames theres a riddle or rhyme for all sorts of wedding hilarity!
and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”
This is a good old favourite, sure to make a feature at any wedding. Something old represents the friends who will remain close to the couple. Something new represents the new adventures the couple are about to embark on. Something borrowed is often something lent from the brides family, this must be returned for good luck to follow! Something blue, originated in Israel when the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair and the silver sixpence was to ensure wealth.
“Mondays for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday no luck at all!”
“Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, you neither wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bred.
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 snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.”
By the looks of this a Wednesday in September is the day!… Maybe we should do a deal!
In particular May was considered a very unlucky month to get married for many reasons, so forget the possible lovely weather and surroundings,..steer clear!! Although June, this is the month considered to be lucky, named after ‘Juno’ the roman goddess of love and marriage.
“To change the name and not the letter
is to change for the worst and not the better”
…. and be sure not to marry a man who has the same first letter of his surname, let alone practicing writing your new surname!
Most of the rhymes originated in the victorian times, although some of the customs are much older. Holford at this time was owned by The Brunnermond Company, sadly it looks very unlikey that there would have been any romantic traditional weddings at this time! Although i like to think that some of these rhymes would have played a apart in previous celebrations at the estate,.. they are defiantly going to show there face in weddings come,… even if it is just something blue!!