There is a number of superstitions concerning the wedding day.
One famous rhyme advises:
Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday - the best of all.
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
Saturday, for no luck at all.
In spite of this, most people get married on Saturday (or Sunday in some religions). This day is generally chosen so that most guests can attend the wedding event without taking a day off. Friday is the second most popular day, especially if you've set your heart on a certain month and your reception venue is already booked.
It's also worth considering the weather. If you've been dreaming of a sunny wedding day, or having flowers that bloom in summer months, choose to get married in June, July or August. Allegedly, the weather is better at this time of the year.
Other popular times of the year are Christmas, spring (especially April), early September and Valentine's Day. But, it's always worth considering that on dates such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter weekend, florists are likely to be very busy, flowers are in high demand, and prices tend to rise.
Alternatively, what about a day that means something to you in particular? The anniversary of when you first met or kissed, or your parent's wedding anniversary. Your birthday or the birthday of your favorite film star. Pick any wedding day you like and make it unique and unforgettable.
Remember, the earlier you book, the more chance of getting the chosen wedding day you have.
That is, when choosing and finally setting the day for your wedding there are a few things to consider.
? Will the priest marry you on that day?
? Is your ideal venue available on that day?
? Have you left yourself enough time to plan and prepare everything?
? Can the important people attend: parents, bridesmaids, best man, best friends and family?
? Are there key guests coming from abroad? If so, is this date suitable for them?
? Is this an expensive time to hire venues/caterers etc?
? Can you both have a vacation to go on honeymoon?
? Will the weather be a problem at this season?
? If the wedding day is not on a weekend, will guests manage to arrive?
? (Mostly for grooms) does the wedding day coincide with a cup final/ other important sporting event/ interfere with another mate's stag do?
As people have been marrying for ages, they have of course invented heaps of superstitions and omens (both good and bad) connected with getting married.
Here are some of these superstitions and omens.
Walking is thought to be the best way of getting to the Church, because there's more chance of spotting lucky omens. Seeing a rainbow, having sunshine on the bride, and meeting a black cat or a chimney sweep are all lucky. Of course, you could run into some bad omens as well. Seeing a pig, hare or lizard running across the road (not something we usually have to worry about), or seeing an open grave, are considered bad omens. Make sure you don't run into any Monks or Nuns either, because they foretell a life of barrenness, dependent on charity. Coming home from the church can be equally hazardous.
Why do you think in the church the bride stands on the groom's left and not the opposite? This tradition dates from the former times when the Anglo Saxon groom so often had to defend his bride from would-be kidnappers, she stood to his left, leaving his sword-arm free. The "best" warrior in the tribe stood by the groom and was responsible for helping defend the bride, thus the placement for the modern day best man.