Seeing Each Other Before The Ceremony? Part 1

Should a bride and groom see each other before the ceremony? It depends on the bride A Quick Peekand groom!

The Tradition:

Many people believe that it is bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding on their wedding day. Where did this tradition start? In ancient times, marriages were a business arrangement made between two families. In many cases the groom had not met his wife before their wedding. They were kept apart to make sure that the groom did see her and disapprove of her, refusing to proceed with the ceremony.

Not only do the Irish think that it is bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, but they took this tradition one step further saying it was bad luck if the bride sees herself in the mirror. The Irish tradition states that if she sees her reflection, that part of her will remain in her old life and not move on with the rest of her. If either rule was broken, the wedding was usually postponed for a year. I’m pretty sure brides today’s brides wouldn’t be happy getting ready without looking in a mirror.

Be sure to check out Parts 2 and 3 to see what people are doing today that differ from this tradition and why.