This past weekend I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for my college roommate (and Dear LC bride), Laura. While myself and the other “maids” were getting ready Saturday morning our other close friend, Shirley, was charged with delivering Laura’s gift to her groom. Along with a stunning pair of engraved Tiffany & Co. cufflinks the bride also gave her groom (a culinary enthusiast – we should all be so lucky!) a set of knives he’d been eyeing.
Now, I usually consider myself pretty “up on” my etiquette, so you can imagine my surprise when Shirley came bursting back through the doors to the bridal suite in search of a penny. The groom, it appears, knows a thing or two about gift giving and explained to Shirley that he needed to “pay” for the gift. So, being the iPhone-toting gal that I am, I promptly looked up this superstition and, sure enough, the groom was right: giving a gift of knives or scissors is considered to be bad luck! It’s believed that giving a knife as a gift is said to “cut the relationship in half” so it’s tradition that the gift be presented with a coin so the recipient (in this case, the groom) can return the coin to the gift-giver as “payment”. I never knew!
In my search for the origin of this superstition, I also came across a few other wedding superstitions I found interesting. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Turns out Saturday might not be the best day to get married: Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday, the best day of all. Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all. Interesting…
- A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
- The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
- Single? Sleep with a piece of groom’s cake under your pillow and you’ll dream of your future husband.
- The first gift opened at a bridal shower should be the first one used, so the bride will have good luck.
Congratulations again to Michael and Laura – may we all have learned a less in superstition!