Italian wedding superstitions

italian_wedding_carYou don’t need to have a wedding in Italy to make full use of Italian superstitions. If you have Italian roots, love Italy or simply want to have some more fun here is a fairly definitive list of bizarre rules, habits and customs from one of the oldest cultures on Earth.

  • Italian grooms like to have an iron object in their pockets for good luck.
  • Italian brides sometimes make a rip in their veil, probably to save the rest of the wedding day by having one thing ruined
  • For a getaway car you want to use a classic automobile, preferably Italian made: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini — what have you. These beautiful vehicles are decorated with flowers, as if to suggest that the newlyweds will have “la dolce vita,” a sweet life.
  • Confetti (sugared almonds) are thrown at wedding guests as a symbol of good luck.
  • You’ve heard this one: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and something received for a gift. This well known superstition is believed to have originated in Italy.
  • To ensure the best of luck, hold your wedding ceremony on a Sunday in June.
  • On the night before the wedding the bride should wear green.
  • Rain on the wedding day is actually a good omen. Italians say “sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” — a drenched bride is a a lucky bride.
  • When leaving her own house, the bride has to cut a white ribbon tied across the doorway.
  • Nobody should wear lilac to a wedding!
  • The bride should not be wearing gold before or during the wedding ceremony.
  • If you must be absolutely sure that everything goes well, there is a potent amulet that is supposed to ward off evil and bad luck” a little red horn, called “corno” (“corni” for plural), mostly in form of jewelry.corni

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