Traditional Ways To Bring A Little Extra Luck To Your Wedding Day

According to a Japanese proverb, "The day you decide to do it is your lucky day!" If you've managed to find the person you love unconditionally and want to spend the rest of your life with, then you've already had plenty of good luck shining down on you. Planning a wedding date together will be a lucky day, no matter what. Just in case you're superstitious, WhereBrideGo.com has found a few traditional symbols that can add some extra good luck to your wedding day.

Rain
Most brides pray that there is no rain on their wedding day, especially if they are hosting any part of the celebration outdoors. According to many cultures, rain on your wedding day should be seen as a good omen. It brings with it fertility for the couple and cleanses away everything they don't want to bring with them into the marriage. 

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Shoe Coins
A Swedish custom that is performed so that the bride will "never do without" during her marriage is to place coins from her parents in her wedding shoes. Mom gives her a gold coin for the right shoe and Dad gives her a silver coin for the left shoe. 

Thrown Shoes
In Medieval times, people thought that they were bestowing good luck on the newlyweds when men threw shoes at them! Today we have a much less violent version of that. Instead, shoes are now tied to the back of the getaway car.

Garter Toss
A long time ago, guests used to wait outside a newlywed couples home for proof that the marriage had been consummated. The groom would throw out something to appease them, occasionally the bride's garter. After a while, people decided that the garter was a symbol of good luck, so guests would make a game out of getting it off of the bride while she was still wearing it! Today, the groom is the only one allowed to get under the bride's skirt, and the man that catches the garter that is thrown is said to be the next to get married. It depends on that man's point of view whether that's good luck or not! 


Spiders
Finding a spider crawling on you is generally not thought of as a good thing. According to English lore, if you find a spider crawling on your wedding dress it is a good omen for the marriage. 

Pinching
Egyptian women believe that it is good luck to pinch the bride on her wedding day. It is unclear whether this luck is for the pincher or the pinch-ee, but it sure doesn't sound too lucky for the bride in the moment!

Pine Trees
Good luck and fertility are symbolized in Holland when a pine tree is planted outside of a newlywed couple's home.  

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Rings
A wedding ring with an aquamarine jewel represents marital harmony for a long, happy marriage. Diamonds symbolize forever, but pearls aren't considered lucky because they resemble the shape of a tear. 

Knives
One of the gifts on your registry may bring you bad luck, but there is a way to counteract that. It is considered unlucky to give a couple a knife as a gift for their wedding because it symbolizes a broken relationship. Turn that luck around by giving the gift-giver a penny, and now you have purchased the knife rather than accepted it as a gift. 

Threshold
The tradition of the groom carrying his new wife over the threshold stems from Medieval times when people thought that brides were extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of their feet. If she is lifted over the threshold, this will avoid any evil spirits from being tracked into the home. 

Wedding Bells
Bells ringing on your wedding day bring a harmonious family life with every chime. In Ireland, many brides will have small bells added to their bouquet.

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Sugar Cubes
If you want your marriage to be sweet, Greek people believe that a bride should carry a sugar cube in some way during the wedding. Most used to do this by placing the sugar cube in one of their gloves during the ceremony.

Days to Marry
Saturday is now the most popular day to get married. Most likely it's the easiest day for everyone involved because most people don't work on Saturdays. There's an old saying that wouldn't agree with doing this. It declares Wednesday as the best day to tie the knot. "Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.

June Weddings
The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who rules over marriage, hearth, and childbirth. It is believed that June became a popular month to get married because Juno would keep a special watch over ther marriage. 

Horseshoes
Horseshoes have long been a symbol of good luck. For your wedding day, if the bride carries a horseshoe with ribbons tied on it during the ceremony, it collects all the good luck from the day. Afterward, the horseshoe can be placed above the doorway to your new home, filled with all of that wedding day luck. 

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If you're not superstitious, then none of these things will make a difference to you at all. They way we see it, a little extra luck couldn't hurt! Many of these old traditions are nice to add into your wedding just because they are fun. WhereBridesGo.com wishes you and your future spouse all the good luck in the world, but as long as you are together keeping each other happy, you probably aren't going to need it! 





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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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All About Wedding Cakes & Wedding Cake Tops

Wedding guests anxiously await the appearance of the bride at the ceremony, but when they enter the reception, the first thing most people look for is that gorgeous wedding cake. Whether you opt to have a gigantic cake full of edible decorations, a simpler cake with a beautiful wedding cake topper, or a dessert station with lots of sweet options, dessert will be a focal point at your wedding reception. Here are a few fun facts from WhereBridesGo.com about this tasty treat. 


Wedding Cake History
The wedding cake we know today wasn't how they originated. Rather than a sweet cake, ancient Romans baked whole wheat flour bread "cakes." These were broken over the bride's head (believe it or not!) and the guests ate the small pieces left for good luck.

In the late 17th century, wedding pies were more common. Couples often served mince pies made of sweet breads to their guests for dessert. A glass ring was baked into it, and the lady that found the ring would be the next to get married. 

It wasn't until 1655 that sweet wedding cakes became the popular thing to serve. At this time, the popular flavor was the Banbury cake. It is a flat, oval-shaped, spiced pastry which is currant-filled and traditionally eaten with a cup of tea. In 1840, Queen Victoria, who just happened to make the white wedding dress a popular trend, was the first bride to have pure white icing used on her wedding cake. Apparently, that's where it got the name "royal" icing.    


Wedding Cake Toppers
The history of wedding cake toppers says that they were invented by a bride's father. The story that has been passed down claims that a baker's daughter was to be married, and she asked her father to create a symbol of the love between herself and the groom that everyone could see at the wedding. 

The baker tried several different things, and eventually came up with the idea to surprise the couple by placing two figurines on top of the wedding cake that resembled the bride and groom. On the wedding day, the bride was overjoyed, and the topper on the cake was well-received and loved by all of the wedding guests as well.    


The Dessert Station
Many couples now prefer to offer their wedding guests a variety of desserts to choose from. They may still have a small wedding cake to cut, but some choose to skip it altogether. Even if you choose to go the dessert station route at your reception, WhereBridesGo.com has a wonderful variety of cake toppers that look just as wonderful on the table as a decoration as they do atop a cake. After the wedding, you will still have that beautiful cake topper to display in your home as a reminder of your special day. 


In addition to the best wedding cake tops online, you will also find cake serving sets, toasting goblets, personalized napkins, and so much more to use on your wedding day on our website. The wide variety of styles at WhereBridesGo.com means that every couple, no matter what their personality and style, will be able to find something they absolutely love. After all, like we always say, our online wedding accessory store is Where Brides Go... For What Brides Love! 



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Creative Wedding Themes: Steampunk

Some couples keep it simple and just pick a wedding color or two, but others prefer to get creative and come up with a theme for the entire wedding. A great theme is any subject that the bride and groom have a special interest in, or one that seems to represent the relationship in some way. One really fun theme that we carry creative wedding accessories for at WhereBridesGo.com is Steampunk. 


What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is categorized as a genre of science fiction. It has a historical setting, often Victorian England or America's Wild West, and it incorporates re-imagined modern technology in a way that is inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. 

These new creations often end up being quite fascinating and elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. You will see lots of gears, wheels, glasses, top hats, and metallic colors. Many of the inventive designs cleverly combine vintage elements with a futuristic look.    

Incorporating the Theme
You can theme your wedding in many tasteful ways that won't make it look like a child's birthday party. Combining your chosen subject with the elegance of a wedding can be done with small touches here and there that will pull everything together in a way that your guests will be excitedly talking about for years to come.

  • Fashion
    Specialty clothing is a big part of any steampunk theme. Replacing some of your florals with mechanical elements is an excellent way to incorporate this genre, like with the groom's boutonniere and the bride' bouquet. Our Steampunk Wedding Bouquet is filled with satin flowers, metal gears, feathers, broaches, and other decorative details in a gorgeous combination of black and antique bronze.


    Hidden elements are a fun surprise too. A few gears fit perfectly on a bridal garter! The one available on WhereBridesGo.com features a bronze heart along with the "key" to it. Make sure you incorporate tops hats too. We offer an adorable Steampunk Top Hat Ring Holder for your ring bearer to "hide" the rings in to take down the aisle.
     
     

  • Decorations
    You can duplicate the look we described for the bouquet above and create fantastic centerpieces for every table. In the creative spirit of the genre, make each of them sightly different from each other. Add extra touches in areas where guests will be focusing their attention. They'll definitely notice our Steampunk Card Holders if they want to find their seat!

    The toasts and the cutting of the cake are moments when all eyes are on you again, and lots of photographs will be taken. Those are great places to add some more mechanical elements for everyone to marvel at.

  • Gifts
    If you love steampunk, there is a very good chance that the members of your wedding party, your closest friends, are fans too. You can find a few gifts for groomsmen in our online wedding store. There's an incredible Steampunk Two-Tone Wood Handle Pocket Knife that can be personalized with a single initial.

    Our Steampunk Wooden Docking Station isn't just for the fellas, and could be a wonderful gift for bridesmaids too. This multi-functional wooden item features a slot for watches or bracelets, a keychain notch, and a groove along the bottom for charging cords. This can also be personalized with the recipient's initial.


If this theme sounds like something you would love to incorporate into your wedding, go to WhereBridesGo.com and type "steampunk" into the search bar at the top. These items in our online wedding accessory store may inspire many more marvelous ideas of ways that you can bring your unique personality into the elements of your wedding. 



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...for What Brides Love!


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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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