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Wedding Folklore and Myths

Getting married in a dream venue such as a Wedding Castle can make your day amazing, with the history of your castle wedding venue adding an unequalled ambience to your day. The history of your chosen venue is only surpassed by the history of folklore and myths surrounding weddings, as throughout the generations all folklore and myths have passed down through families and, although there is no evidence of any factual basis to such folklore and myths, many still heed the sayings of old.

From the day of the week you choose to marry, the colour of the dress, to the fullness of the moon, many tales and stories have become so well known, that couples automatically take them into consideration when planning their big day. Many signify good luck and prosperity, while some forebode bad luck and a lot of myths and folklore have contradictory connotations, leaving couples in somewhat of a quandary should they believe in such.

Taking a look at some of the more well-known myths and folklore, gives an idea of just how controversial some of these sayings have become. For example; it is always said to be bad luck if the Groom sees the Bride's wedding dress prior to the day, yet a sign of good luck if the Groom refrains from catching sight of the Bride until she is presented at his side.

Other pre-wedding omens of bad luck are; if the Bride signs her married name prior to the wedding, or if a Bride makes her own wedding dress, as it is thought that for every stitch the Bride sews herself will culminate in a tear shed during her married life. There are thankfully, more signs of good luck than bad in the folklore of weddings, such as; the Bride seeing a chimney sweep on the way to the wedding (although, this is somewhat doubtful in this day and age) or to be given a horseshoe.

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When selecting which day of the week to get married many couples still refer back to the folklore verse handed down through generations, which reads; Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday's the best of all; Thursday brings crosses, and Friday losses, But Saturday - no luck at all. However, not many seem to take this myth seriously as initially for couples, the instinctive reaction is to book their wedding on a Saturday.

The colour of the dress also has roots in myth and folklore with another verse predicting the following; Marry in white, you have chosen right; Marry in blue, your lover is true; Marry in pink, your fortunes will sink; Marry in green, you will not long be seen; Marry in yellow, be ashamed of the fellow; Marry in brown, you'll live out of town; Marry in grey, you'll live far away; and Marry in black, you'll wish you were back.

Some of the contradictory myths are;

Wearing Pearls - Some believe Pearls signify tears and are a symbol of bad luck, yet others believe that Pearls replace the Bride's real tears and therefore are lucky.

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To drop the ring - Some believe that to drop the wedding ring is a negative sign and leads to bad luck, whereas others believe to drop the ring shakes out any evil spirits and good luck will follow.

The wedding veil - One myth is that the veil hides the Bride's beauty from evil spirits and is lucky, while another (stemming from the days of arranged marriages) believes that the veil hides the Bride's face until after the Groom has committed to the marriage and subsequently could be extremely unlucky for the Groom.

The Moon - There is a belief that marrying when the Moon is full brings good luck and happiness, yet others believe that to marry when there is a new Moon is the luckiest as this predicts prosperity and contentment.

No matter what your beliefs are, whichever day you choose to marry, and in whatever colour - your wedding day is the most significant day of your life, and your choice of spectacular wedding venue can always give you happy memories to carry throughout your lives. A myth or aphorism of folklore is just that - and should not be taken seriously enough to spoil your very special day.

And finally ............ a quaint saying from folklore, "For a happy marriage, never speak loudly to one another unless the house is on fire".