UK Wedding Traditions - Superstitions

There are endless UK wedding superstitions that have stood the test of time and are still widespread today. Here are just a few of the more common UK wedding traditions that you might find in a British wedding:

1/ Wedding Traditions Something Borrowed Something Blue

Today you may see the bride carry some strange possessions while she walks down the isle – this is due to the common Victorian rhyme:
“Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”
For luck, UK wedding customs mean that the bride will carry various things that fit the above criteria; hopefully not too heavy for her to walk gracefully! The sixpence wedding tradition is often forgotten by people today, one that developed with aims of giving the couple good wealth in the future.

2/ Wedding Traditions

Here’s a brilliant one: a fantastically Victorian and British tradition which arose when an unnamed chimney sweep saved the life of King George III, controlling the King’s horse before it threw him off during a procession. Because he never found the name of the Good Samaritan the King decreed, as apparently kings can, that chimney sweeps should be deemed lucky: hence they were employed to attend weddings. Utterly understandable don’t you think?

3/ Sixpence Wedding Tradition

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5/ Wedding Garter Tradition / UK Wedding Flowers

Bride and Groom traditions mean that when the newlyweds leave the church and are covered in confetti, the bride will then throw her UK wedding flowers into an unsettlingly keen crowd of young women. The lucky catcher of the bouquet will be married next according the UK wedding traditions. In a parallel but lost custom – the wedding garter tradition - the groom used to remove the wedding garter of his bride and throw it into a crowd of men. Some might argue today the men might be scattering to avoid the article, possibly the root of its disappearance.


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