Fun Facts for Bridal Showers
Fun & Silly Folklore
Inspiration for Gifts and Games-
Put a new spin on the old Victorian British tradition of the wedding cake charm pull. Instead of a wedding cake charm, place a charm on a ribbon under the cake or in the icing with the ribbons showing, and have each of your bridesmaids pull a charm to find out its' meaning.
Use them at your wedding before cutting the cake, at your rehearsal dinner, or at a bridal shower.
Bring the bride something she can wear:
Or a sixpence for her shoe.
The something old should belong to a happily married woman to insure happiness.
However, not a handkerchief that was used in her wedding.
That is considered bad luck! (and kind of disgusting!)
The something new should be a piece of apparel.
The something borrowed is traditionally a gold object to insure fortune and wealth.
The something blue symbolizes the heavens and true love.
The sixpence, or a new penny in the USA, insures prosperity.
The bride should also take something borrowed with her on her honeymoon for luck.
It is good luck for the bride to carry her mother's prayer book.
Placing a bit of salt in a shoe, pocket or glove will bring the bride luck for several reasons. The Greeks believed salt symbolized loyalty and lasting friendship. Also, devils and witches supposedly hate salt so it keeps them away.
(Consider not putting it in your shoe. It sounds a bit uncomfortable)
If the bride wears a lucky horseshoe (Or a replica!), it is a symbol of fertility.
The tradition of garters being taken off the bride began in
England. They were considered to be trophies by the
young men. Immediately after the ceremony they would
literally assault the bride at the altar, often throwing her
down to the floor, to win the wedding garter.
To prevent this indecent display, brides began to
place the garter in their cleavage and hand it over.
(You could add a little salt as we mentioned above.)
Throwing an old shoe will bring the newlyweds luck. The tradition dates back to Anglo-Saxon marriages when the father of the bride gave the groom a shoe taken from the bride's foot to symbolize that he was turning over his authority and ownership of the girl to her new husband.
(Bring a shoe to tie to the bride and groom's car.)
It is bad luck for the bride to put her feet on the bare floor on her wedding night.
(Sexy slippers are a great gift!)
A pound of Limburger cheese, placed between two towels and under the pillows of the newlyweds on their wedding night, will bring good fortune and lots of children.
(A not so great gift...but funny!)
Doves choose one partner for life and make this commitment until death. The white dove has been used throughout history as a symbol of Love, Peace, Purity, Faithfulness and Prosperity. It is said that if doves are seen on your wedding day, a happy home is assured.
(Consider a dove charm or little ceramic doves for the head table!)
According to an American Indian Legend - If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted. We have gathered to grant this couple all our best wishes and are about to set these butterflies free in trust that all these wishes will be granted.
(Bring something with butterflies for the new couple or the bride !)
Fun Facts for Single Girls-
A white fleck on a fingernail, foretells a new flame in one’s future.
Spilling water, or flour on your apron front will lead you to marry a drunk.
If four people cross arms while shaking hands, there will be a wedding.
If someone sweeps beneath your feet, or chair, you will never marry.
If a single woman writes the letters of the alphabet on pieces of paper and places them face down in water, by morning her true love’s initial will be face up.
Unmarried girls should pare an apple in one long peel, and then toss it over her shoulder. It will fall in the shape of her future beloved's initial.
When sleeping in an unfamiliar place, the girl should tag each corner of the bed with the names of her potential beaus. When she wakes, she will be facing the corner named after the one she will wed.
Taking the last piece of bread will lead a woman to be an old maid.
(Wow, those carbs are even worse than we thought! )
Several girls place nuts on a fire and each girl puts the name of her beloved on her nut.
The first to pop in the fire would be the first to “pop the question”.
If a girl finds nine peas in a pod, she should place it at the door; the next available man to come through the door will be her future husband.
Placing a wishbone above the doorway would announce the first man through that doorway to be a maiden’s future husband.
Throw your shoe over your shoulder; if it lands with the point toward the door, you will marry within a year.
Courting women should place a four-leaf clover in her shoe.The first man she meets will marry her. Some girls swallow the clover for “better luck”.
Seeing different birds on Valentine’s Day will foretell the occupation of one’s future husband. If the first bird seen is a gold finch she would marry a wealthy man. A bluebird signifies poverty. A black bird means she will marry a clergyman, a robin a sailor, and a woodpecker means she will be an old maid.
Pick a rose and preserve it until Christmas. If you wear it to church your future mate will appear and take it from you.
If an unmarried girl would pick up a stack of firewood on Christmas, if it were an even number she would someday marry.
Easter Monday, single girls should wear one black garter & one yellow garter to increase their chance of marriage before the end of the year. A kind-hearted bride can wear a friend's garter to increase her odds.
Halloween apples were believed to foretell the order in which a group of people would marry. The apple would be tied to a string and strung over a fire; the first apple to fall would be the first to marry. The longest remaining would remain single.
On Midsummer's Eve in Sweden, unmarried girls would make a bouquet of seven or nine different flowers which they would put under their pillow. That night would bring a dream of their future husband.
While jumping rope or counting buttons,
the following rhyme is sung to end on your future spouse:
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor.
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.
Doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief.
When you stub your toe, say this rhyme:
Stub your toe, kiss your thumb,
See your beau before evening comes.
When you sneeze, say this rhyme:
Sneeze before you eat,
See your sweetheart before you sleep.
A bedtime rhyme:
Point your toes toward the street,
Tie your garters around your feet,
Put your stockings under your head,
And you will dream of the one you will wed.
When you see a cobweb:
Where cobwebs grow,
Beaus won’t go.
Do you have any fun facts that we have missed?
We would love to hear from you and we'll add it in!
Sorry, we don't have answers to questions about fun facts that are not mentioned above.