Today I will be at a wedding. My youngest son is getting married. It has been a year in the planning and the past two weeks have been hectic.

Here are a few traditions, superstitions and folklore that I found on weddings.

If the bride puts a sugar cube into her glove (if she wears one), according to Greek culture, i will sweeten the union.

We won’t hold by two English traditions: that a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck, and that Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health. That silly line of thinking says that today, Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day – but i is the most popular day of the week to marry now.

Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition. Let’s hope so, because, unfortunately, that is the weather report for today.

Though it is in my DNA, we won’t follow the Czech tradition of throwing peas at the newlyweds. We won’t throw rice either.

Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

Queen Victoria started the trend in Western countries for the white wedding dress trend in 1840. prior to hat, brides simply wore their best dress. That was always the color of choice in Japan. In Korea, brides wear bright red and yellow to take their vows.

Ancient Greeks and Romans thought a veil protected the bride from evil spirits.

The wedding cake evolved from the ancient Roman custom of breaking a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility. It seems that the custom of tiered cakes (which has gone to extremes these days – my son has eschewed a cake and decided on desserts people actually like) came out of a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over a cake to which layers were added without knocking it over. What a waste of cake.

In many cultures (Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings), the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate commitment. That’s where we get the phrase “tying the knot.”

I never knew that the tradition of the bride standing to the groom’s left in Christian ceremonies comes from the idea that the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.

On average, 7000 couples will marry today in the United States – but I m only concerned about one wedding.

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Ken Ronkowitz

Random by design. Predictably irrational. It's turtles all the way down. Dolce far niente. A lifelong educator.

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