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Sunday, January 28, 2018 Goldsboro News-Argus — 10 C ouplesʼ wedding days are special moments, ones they hope pave the way to a life filled with happiness and good fortune. Thatʼs why the bride and groom surround themselves with close friends and family who want to celebrate and support their new life joined together. Perhaps due to superstition or tradition, many couples employ some wedding day strategies to increase their good luck. The following are some of the symbols that couples may want to keep an eye out for on the day they walk down the aisle. Itʼs good luck for the bride to see a dove on the way to the wedding because doves symbolize peace and prosperity. Because doves mate for life, this symbol is doubly beneficial on a coupleʼs wedding day, as it can be a harbinger of a long, happy marriage and home. Some brides believe sugar cubes tucked into their wedding gloves leads to a sweet union. Hindu tradition states that rain on a wedding day is good luck. Rain is believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance, especially after times of drought. Whatʼs more, rain can foretell a strong marriage. Thatʼs because a wet knot is more difficult to untie. Ancient Romans were so concerned with ensuring good luck that they actually studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry. If they consulted with the English, they might determine that a wedding shouldnʼt take place on a Saturday, which is unlucky. English tradition states Wednesday is the best day to get married. In Holland, well-wishers would plant pine trees outside of newlywedsʼ homes as a symbol of fertility and luck. Grooms may want to give a coin to the first person they see on the way to their weddings. This is another symbol of good luck. Some couples plan to marry during a full moon, because that can symbolize good luck and good fortune. On a coupleʼs wedding day, tears from a bride or a child during the ceremony is considered lucky. English folklore suggests that brides who discover spiders in their gowns are in for some good luck. The Chinese believe that lighting fireworks at their wedding ceremonies chases away evil spirits. A red umbrella also might be held over a Chinese bride to keep bad spirits at bay. Many grooms do not see their brides in their wedding gowns before their wedding ceremonies, feeling it is bad luck if they do. Many brides also do not wear their complete wedding outfits prior to their big day. Doves and sugar cubes can symbolize good luck on couples' wedding days. T he modern bridal shower may trace its origins the 1890s. "The Old Farmerʼs Almanac" says the first bridal shower hostess filled a paper parasol with small presents and turned it over the head of the bride-to-be. Soon the concept caught on, and many other women began "showering" future brides in such a manner. Naturally, as presents became larger and heavier, the tradition of literally showering the bride with gifts was modified — but the name has stuck. Bridal showers are designed to equip couples with many of the necessities to start their new life together. This custom is believed to have evolved from an old dowry system, in which a bride was expected to bring valuables to the marriage. The dowry was originally intended as compensation for the burden of supporting a wife placed on the groom. Some parents of the bride were not rich enough to afford an ample dowry, so friends and family members would offer small gifts to help offset this financial responsibility. Today, both the bride and groom are equal partners in the marriage, bringing together their collective wealth. However, showers are still held regardless of the financial need of the bride as a way to offer good wishes before she embarks on her new journey. Did you know? Wedding good luck charms

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