7 Wedding Day Traditions Explained

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

There are lots of weird and wonderful wedding day traditions. Your own wedding day might include a few superstitions without you even realising. Here we explain the biggest rituals and why we do them!

7 Wedding day Traditions Explained

Wedding Veils

The reason behind brides wearing veils is two-fold. Traditionally, a bride wears a veil to protect her modesty and symbolise her virginity before her father gives her away. However, if you look even farther back, it was worn to protect brides from evil spirits as it acts as a barrier and a disguise.

Tying trinkets to the back of the car

Originally, people used to tie shoes to the back of a wedding car, but nowadays we’re more likely to use tin cans. The reason for this is that they symbolise good luck, and the noise is also meant to keep those pesky evil spirits away.


Now we throw confetti or flower petals over the newlyweds, but traditionally guests would have thrown rice over them as a blessing of their fertility and prosperity.


Rain on your wedding day is thought to be unlucky, not only for the soggy guests but the rest of the marriage too. However, it is considered good luck for a bride to meet a spider, chimney sweep or black cat on her way to the wedding ceremony.

Seeing the bride

One of the most familiar superstitions is that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding ceremony. This one isn’t such a romantic tradition – it originates from a time when arranged marriages were common and seeing each other was more likely to result in one or both parties doing a runner.

Carrying the bride over the threshold

Have you ever wondered why the groom carries his new bride over the threshold? Uniquely, in medieval Europe, it was believed that evil spirits might make their way into the house through the soles of the bride’s feet.

Something Old, Something New

Wearing ‘something old’ represents the life that the bride is leaving behind, while the ‘something new’ represents her new life as a married woman. The ‘something borrowed’ should come from someone who has had a long and happy marriage. Furthermore, the blue is meant to symbolise purity, fidelity and love.