7 superstitions about the wedding gown you probably didn’t know


Superstitions are myths that are not necessarily true. However, they are being reinforced by repetition and sometimes passed across generations, hence the deception that they are true or correct.

That being said, there are quite a number of superstitions about wedding gowns originating from the Romans and Medieval Europe before the eighteenth century. Many of them have continued until this day and become a tradition. So, below are 7 superstitions about the wedding gown you probably didn’t know.

  1. Colour of wedding gown

Much importance is attached to the colour of the wedding gown. During the Victorian era, It was believed that the color of the wedding gown could either bring the bride, or the couple good or bad luck. Wedding gowns made in colours such as white, cream or ivory are believed to mean good luck or that the bride chose the right lover. However, pink is believed to mean the couple’s fortune would sink while red means death.

2. Blood on wedding gown

The unexpected could happen, probably an accident. Despite this, there is a myth that there should never be a bloodstain on a wedding dress. However, if such should happen, it is considered a bad omen for the marriage and could possibly mean regret or in worst cases death.

3. The fabric of wedding gown

To several people, the wedding gown goes beyond just a cloth worn on the wedding day. It carries much power. The fabrics used to make the wedding gown is not left out of the superstitious beliefs. Satin material is believed to connote bad luck while velvet material is believed to imply poverty in the marriage or in the future.

4. Tearing of the wedding gown

The wedding gown is not only symbolic of the wedding, but it is also believed to carry much importance in the after-wedding. Hence, if the wedding gown should get torn on the wedding day, it is believed to mean a divorce would happen between the couple later on in their marriage. Also, it is believed to mean that one of both couples would die. This is also held true if the wedding gown gets torn a day before the wedding; the death of either of the couple.

5. Stitching of wedding gown

Should the wedding gown get torn while wearing it, and it got stitched, it is believed that the bride would be barren. Hence, the wedding gown is believed to symbolise her ability to conceive or get pregnant.

6. The bride sowing her wedding gown

There is a myth that the bride should not sew her wedding gown by herself even if she is skilled to do so. It is believed that if she does, the amount of stitches she makes is the number of times she’ll cry in the marriage.

7. Wearing of wedding gown before the wedding day

Another superstition about a wedding dress is that brides are discouraged from wearing their wedding gown and any accessories before the wedding day. It is considered to connote bad luck to look at the mirror with the entire wedding dress on or perhaps the groom seeing the bride fully dressed in the entire wedding dress before the big day.


Superstitions are not correct. They are false but were passed across to several generations. A notable example is the veil of the wedding dress that originated from the Jewish religion and adopted into the Christian religion. Although it was adopted into Christianity, the superstition continues to date. Superstitions manipulate your emotion and hence the belief that it is true. So whatever the colour or fabrics of your wedding gown, you deserve to be happy.


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