A Guest Post by Appleby Jewellers
Everybody wants their wedding day to go without a hitch, and many couples spend hours planning their special day down to the minute – but there are some things that you may have no control over. There are hundreds of wedding superstitions, from the ‘something old, something new’ rhyme to the separation of bride and groom the night before the wedding, but here at Appleby, we’re particularly interested in those that involve jewellery!
Here are 5 spooky stories of wedding jewellery superstitions from years gone by. Are they true? Well, that’s for you to decide …
♥ It’s unlucky to go shopping for a wedding ring on a Friday
This superstition is thought to relate back to the infamy of Friday 13th, which is a notoriously unlucky day, but there are many day-related superstitions when it comes to weddings. For instance, Wednesday is considered to be the best day to get married, but Monday is good for wealth and Tuesday is good for health. Saturday is supposedly the most unlucky day to get married – despite the fact that the majority of modern couples choose Saturday for their big day! Appleby is open from 9:30am to 6pm on Fridays, so we’re not big believers in this one.
♥ Wedding jewellery should only be borrowed from those with a happy marriage
Many brides choose to borrow an item of their wedding jewellery from a close friend or family member, either because of their love for a particular piece, or its increased sentimental value. Whilst this is a lovely tradition, some people believe that this jewellery should only be borrowed from someone who has an existing happy marriage, lest the bride risk the happiness of her own!
♥ Brides should not try on their complete wedding outfit before the ceremony
It is said to be tempting fate for a woman to wear every aspect of her bridal outfit altogether before the big day, in a similar vein to the superstition about not practising writing your married name before the ceremony. For this reason, many women choose not to wear their shoes, veil, dress and jewellery simultaneously. Those who want to try everything together without the risk sometimes leave a single stitch open on their dress, which is sewn once they put it on for their wedding day, thus making the outfit ‘complete’.
♥ Pearls represent a bride’s tears
This superstition is somewhat contradictory. Either way, pearls are believed to represent a bride’s tears, but there is a happy and a sad version of the myth. Some cultures believe that the pearls worn at a wedding hold future tears, which the bride will shed during an unhappy marriage, whereas more positive cultures predict that the pearls will take the place of her real tears, as she won’t need to cry during her happy marriage.
♥ Dropping the ring means the marriage is doomed!
According to folklore, dropping the ring during a marriage ceremony is extremely bad luck, and rather morbidly, the very superstitious believe that whoever drops it will be the first one to die. If a ring is put on correctly, but falls of its own accord, the groom should be the one to put it back on, to ward off the threatened even that supposedly approaches. Whether you believe in this superstition or not, it can’t hurt to hold on tightly to that ring!
About Appleby Jewellers
The story of Dublin’s family jewellers began in the warmth of the Appleby family home. There Margaret Appleby created personal, beautiful pieces for a select circle of customers.
By the end of the 1950, she and husband John opened their shop in Johnson’s court; together they began the lasting tradition of family service and care that are hallmarks of the business today. The family tradition and ideas are carried on by three of their sons Gerard, Joseph and Mark Appleby who share the same beliefs and customs. They know the fine hand-crafted jewellery is at the heart of a tradition they share with each of our customers to this day.
Appleby Jewellers have continued to maintain the highest levels of service and quality for their customers over the years.
At Appleby, Our number one commitment is to offer our customers only the very best in quality and value.
Much Bespoke Love
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