Wedding Wednesday: Lucky Charms For Lucky Brides


“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Every bride wants to bring as much good fortune to her wedding day as possible. Brides from all around the world follow traditions to bring luck. The complete saying above stems from a tradition with English brides who slip a sixpence into their left shoe. With Swedish tradition the bride would slip a silver coin from her father in her left shoe and a gold coin from her mother in her right, this would ensure that the bride would always have money. If only this lucky charm was considered in other circumstances!
  • Cranes are considered a symbol of peace, happiness, longevity and are thought to live 1,001 years. A Japanese bride having 1,001 white paper origami cranes at her wedding is said to wish the couple good luck over 1000 times.
  • Want to have the luck of the Irish? Irish brides catch all their good luck in a horseshoe. They believe carrying a horseshoe will bring luck to their marriage. Some brides attach them to the cuff of their bouquet. Make sure the horseshoe is facing up or all the luck will spill out!
  • To bring a sweet life, a Greek bride tucks a sugar cube in her glove.
  • Originating from Wales, a carved wooden spoon would be given to an admirer and the admirer’s father to show that he was good with his hands and would be able to provide. A carved heart would show the affection he had for her. If she kept the spoon, then it was indicated that her heart belonged to him.
  • Kiss a chimney sweep on your wedding day and you will be considered a lucky bride in Great Britain. Chimney sweeps were said to have mystical powers and ensure that the heart of the home, the fireplace, is safe. He also swept away evil spirits. In 2011, finding a chimney sweep to kiss might be a little difficult, so it would be rare charm to follow.

Keeping tradition and culture brilliantly alive, brides are searching for meaningful customs from their cultural history to incorporate in their wedding day. Whether your lucky charm is something borrowed, a silver coin, or a sugar cube, whether you believe in luck or not, these rituals have been around and followed for hundreds of years to bring prosperity and happiness to a marriage. So it couldn’t hurt to incorporate a few into your own wedding right?

What lucky charm are you going to incorporate into your wedding?