Which Wedding Superstitions Do People Still Believe In?

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Make the Most of a Rainy Wedding Day

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Friday the 13th is marked with many superstitions: It's the kind of no-good, very-bad-day filled with unlucky twists and turns, black cats, and even death. But today isn't the only time we get superstitious. Our weddings, too, come with their own set of worries based on age-old wives tales. So to celebrate Friday the 13th, online marketplace and review site WeddingWire asked more than 1,700 men and women what wedding superstitions they believe. Here's what they discovered.

Rain on your wedding day is good luck.
Respondents seem split on this superstition, with 42 percent all but doing a rain dance to welcome a drizzle on their big days and another 47 percent claiming rainfall brings nothing more than frizzy hair and wet feet. Whether rain on your wedding day is in fact a sign of good luck, it's smart to be prepared for precipitation: Pack enough umbrellas to protect your bridal party, and have a Plan B for outdoor photographs.

Being seated at a the corner of a reception table spells singledom forever.
If you haven't heard of this superstition — scary enough to strike fear into any single person — you're in good company. About 70 percent of the survey respondents had never heard that being seated at the corner of a reception table means you'll never get married yourself, while another 30 percent simply don't buy into this superstition.

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A well-made wedding cake is a sign of a well-formed marriage.
Choose your baker carefully, ladies. Thanks to this superstition, a full six percent of the men and women surveyed believe the quality of their cake can foretell the quality of their relationships. Luckily, 30 percent of people find this superstition to be as unfulfilling as a stale slice of red velvet, while another 68 percent have never heard of it.

A bride must wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue.
Brides get quite creative on their wedding days — donning heirloom jewels and new peep-toe pumps, pinning their fathers' handkerchiefs into their trains and slipping on a baby-blue garter — to avoid any backlash from ignoring this notion. In fact, a full 74 percent of the survey respondents believe in this superstition, while just 25 percent think they can go without these key wedding-day ingredients.

Losing or breaking your wedding band foreshadows the end of your marriage.
A wedding ring is a visual symbol of your love for your partner. Lose or damage it, and five percent of survey respondents believe your love is lost or broken too. And while you should take care to not damage your ring regardless, the good news is most people won't judge you if you do: 47 percent of survey respondents don't believe in this superstition, and 48 percent have never even heard of it.

Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride.
We've all slipped on a bridesmaid's dress we'll never wear again and wondered when it will be our turn. Luckily, most women get it — even if they've worn a dozen bad bridesmaids dresses. Just one percent of survey respondents believe being a bridesmaid three or more times seals your single status, while 61 percent will never buy into it and 38 percent have never heard of it.

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