b'0-3 MONTHS SUPERSTITIONS ALEXANDRA LEE PHOTOGRAPHYTraditions & superstitionsHave you ever wondered where some of those crazy wedding superstitions come from? Like, why is rain on your wedding day good luck and can your fianc really not see you in your dress beforehand? Weve scoured historical records to find out where wedding superstitions originated and why.Why cant a groom see hisIs rain on your wedding bride in her wedding dress? day really good luck?The origins of this superstition are actually asYes! Tradition says that rain on your wedding day un-romantic as you can get. When arrangedsymbolizes fertility and unity. Because rain brings marriages were the norm, the father-of-the-bridelife to plants, it is said that rain on your wedding would forbid the couple from seeing each otherday means that youll have many children. Its also before the wedding day because he was afraid thesaid that rain on your wedding day can strength-groom would break off the arrangement if theen your marriage and devotion to your husband bride wasnt attractive enough. Similarly, bridesor wife because getting married is often consid- Something old, would wear veils down the aisle and throughoutered tying the knot, and a wet knot is alwayssomething new. the ceremony until the first kiss in order to blurharder to untie. Somethingher features and make her appear more etherealWhere does the saying Something Old,borrowed,and angelic. Something New come from?Why do we wear rings on the ring finger? As with most wedding superstitions, no one issomething blue.The reason brides and grooms wear their en- quite sure where or when it originated. This one gagement ring and wedding band on the fourthcan be traced back to the Victorian era. Brides finger is because it was believed to be the onlywould collect heirlooms or trinkets from family finger that has a vein that connects directly toand friends to instill good luck on her wedding the heart. But why the left hand instead of theday. Something Old reminds a bride of her right? Years and years ago, it was believed that aorigins and her past. Something New represents diamond paired with gold worn on the left handthe brides new life that shes about to enter into. would drive away the devil and any evil spirits;Something Borrowed is usually an item from a therefore, brides traditionally wore a gold andfamily member or friend who has been in a long, diamond engagement ring on the fourth finger ofhealthy relationship. It represents her good for-their left hand.tune rubbing off on the bride-to-be. Something Blue is said to represent fidelity and love. SUPERSTITIONS|0-3 MONTHS UNTIL I DO|TODAYS BRIDE 183'