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5 Lucky Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Published Thursday, Jun. 23rd, 2022

The flowers in your bouquet might bring you a good luck on the wedding day.

Add these wedding traditions to your ceremony for good luck! 



If you’re feeling lucky in love and want your wedding ceremony to reflect that gift, consider including one of these lucky wedding traditions from around the world. 



1. Rain on your wedding day 


Rain showers are a lucky wedding addition in India, where Hindu tradition claims they offer brides and grooms “a blessing of wealth and fertility.” ( via WeddingWire) It sounds like Alanis Morisette might have gotten this one wrong… So go ahead and schedule that spring ceremony outdoors! Just make sure you pack an umbrella. 



A bride and groom cross the road in a rain storm for good luck on the wedding day, laughing and looking toward the camera

A little rain might lead to a lifetime of love



2. Cutting up the groom’s tie


In Italy and Spain, grooms cut their wedding ties into small pieces following the ceremony and trade the pieces for money. This tradition is said to guarantee the happy couple’s good luck in life and love, and offers guests a small memento from the day. 


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3. Bouquet of lucky blossoms


Flowers have held special meanings for centuries, with many blossoms believed to bring luck and blessing to the brides that carry them. For example, in the Victorian era, holly in a bouquet was said to bring happiness to a home, orange blossoms promised eternal love and fertility, and peonies blessed newlyweds with lasting marital love. (via Lucky in Love)



An illustration from Lucky in Love, showing the meaning of flowers on the wedding day

Illustration from the wedding guide Lucky in Love



4. Spider on the wedding gown


In England, brides are thought to be especially lucky in love if they find a spider crawling around on their wedding dress… a tradition that’s definitely not for those who are afraid of our eight-legged arachnid friends! This tradition pairs with another English superstition, which claims that killing a spider will bring swift financial ruin. (via Reader’s Digest)




A lacy spider web with rain droplets

Let a spider weave you a little wedding lace for luck...



5. Colorful ribbons tucked away


Colors hold deep symbolic meaning in many cultures, and weddings often incorporate colors that are special to the couple. In Mexico, brides tuck 3 colorful ribbons into their stockings –  in red, blue, and yellow – for just this reason. The red ribbon represents passion, blue represents wealth and security, and yellow represents the promise of abundance and a bountiful harvest. (via Wedessence)







Interested in more wedding traditions 
& superstitions from cultures around the world?






Covering traditions, rituals, and superstitions from all over the world, this book brings magic and a touch of luck to your wedding! 



AMM Minister Eleni Gage and the cover of Lucky in Love



'Lucky in Love' is a cross-cultural collection of marriage folklore to help you create your own lucky traditions with nods to each other’s heritage, customs from places you’ve visited together, and auspicious rituals that just feel special. Whether you are just engaged or only days away from tying the knot, you’ll gain insight every step of the way. Make your own luck in love!


Written by Eleni N. Gage, an AMM Minister and former Executive Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Illustrated by Emily Isabella. 






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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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