What's Your Magic Number?
Times Square Wedding: 11 Couples to Marry in Group Ceremony
3,200 Marriage License Applications Filed this Week in Las Vegas
Couples from Shanghai to Jakarta to Moscow Flock to Registry Offices and Chapels to Marry
Walt Disney World Hosting 11 Weddings across the Property
These were some of the headlines that caught my attention this fine Friday morning. If you didn’t know any better, you may think it was an outstanding apocalypse of love where people from all over the world were suddenly struck by Cupid’s arrow and therefore rushed, flocked and filed into churches, chapels, and offices of justices of the peace to confess their perpetual passion for one another. However, the reality is thousands of couples are tying the knot today for one simple reason: its 11-11-11.
Many people believe it to be a lucky number in general, making a wish whenever the clock strikes 11:11, and others simply think it’s a cool date. We suspect guys would be especially open to an 11-11-11 wedding because it’s so easy to remember.
The last time the media covered a highly popular day to get hitched was 7-7-07, which Time Magazine dubbed as possibly the most popular wedding day in history—and it didn’t hurt that the date fatefully fell on a Saturday.
Other popular wedding days have been the anniversary of when the couple first met, auspicious dates from the Chinese calendar, Valentine’s Day and dates that fall in numerical order such as 9-10-11, not to mention last year's 10-10-10 and next year (the final) 12-12-12, which occurs on a Wednesday. I went the opposite with my wedding date in choosing Friday the 13th—partly to prove that we weren’t superstitious and also as a statement that our love is more powerful than luck. You may think these are silly reasons to choose a date to be married and that neither luck nor superstition will affect your big day. And you could be right. But just for fun, let’s examine some of the other traditions that brides follow—or completely ignore—on their wedding days.
- Something Old, Something New…
You’re probably familiar with the popular tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue close by on your special day, but the last part is often left out: And a silver sixpence in her shoe. The sixpence is a silver British coin that was produced up until 1967, and it was worth six pennies. If you really want to follow this custom, you could opt for a dime; just make sure having a coin sliding around in the bottom of your shoe won’t get too annoying as you’re making your way up the aisle.
- Blinded from the Bride
The tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other until the ceremony is still common today, even though the practice began back in the days where the bride wasn’t supposed to show her face to the groom at all before the wedding. Of course following this rule does add some excitement and makes it all the more special when you do lock eyes. However, many couples today are opting to share a private moment together before the ceremony .
- It’s a Toss-Up
The history of throwing objects at the bride and groom as they exited began as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Seeds or nuts represented fertility, and wheat and rice were symbols wishing the newlyweds abundance and healthy children to help work the land. A myth arose that rice, when eaten by birds, would cause them to explode, and therefore birdseed was the replacer. Today guests toss anything from fresh herbs to flower petals to eco-friendly confetti.
- Unveiling the Truth
The wedding veil started as a device to ward off evil spirits. Even bridesmaids were used as decoys since they used to dress like the bride in order to confuse the spirits about which woman was actually getting married. Today, the veil is merely a gorgeous accessory to the gown, and nobody should try to outshine or match the bride’s beauty on her wedding day—it’s common courtesy.
- Rain, Rain, Come Today
According to Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is lucky. Sure, it screws up your hair and makeup, not to mention plans for the garden reception you’d planned, but hey, grab an umbrella, move to plan B and revel in the fact that today is your wedding day, and you’re the luckiest couple in the world—no matter the weather.
What are some traditions you plan to follow—or forsake—on your wedding day?