Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wedding Planning: Filipino Wedding Superstitions





Our big day in less than a month, haiz! and it's getting harder, I miss my parents badly there are some things that I wish they could tell me on how to go about things.

I know my relatives means well when it comes to telling or imposing some of the Filipino Pamanhiin

You should do this,” and “you should not do that,” are the most commonly heard phrases by soon-to-be-married couple. But because we are descendants of our great grandparents who stress that these beliefs are indeed backed up by past experiences, we of the younger generation, who seek for help on many what-to-do-things, embrace the idea believing superstitions. Why not? Besides, there is nothing to lose if we follow such beliefs.

So here it is... (side comments in Italic)


  • Brides shouldn’t try on their wedding dress before the wedding day or the wedding will not push through.

  • It is also considered a bad luck for the couple to see each other the night before their wedding.
 
  •  The groom should be in the wedding venue before the bride arrives to avoid bad luck.
  • Knives and other sharp and pointed objects are said to be a bad choice for wedding gifts for this will lead to a broken marriage. 
  • Giving an arinola (chamberpot) as wedding gift is believed to bring good luck to newlyweds. 
  • Altar-bound couples are accident-prone and therefore must avoid long drives or traveling before their wedding day for safety. 
  • Rains during the wedding means prosperity and happiness for the newlyweds. 
 
  • A flame extinguished on one of the wedding candles means the one whose candle was extinguished will die ahead of the other. 
  • Throwing rice confetti at the newlyweds will bring them prosperity all their life. 
  • The groom must arrive before the bride at the church to avoid bad luck.
  • Breaking something during the reception brings good luck to the newlyweds.
  • The bride should step on the groom’s foot while walking towards the altar if she wants him to agree to her every whim.
  • A bride who wears pearls on her wedding will be an unhappy wife experiencing many heartaches and tears. 
  • Dropping the wedding ring, the veil, or the arrhae during the ceremony spells unhappiness for the couple. 
  • A bride who cries during the wedding will bring bad luck to the marriage. 


Do you have any other superstitions that you know about? Share it with us! As they say there's no harm in trying :-)

Or what's your take with wedding superstitions?

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Miss Chuchubells was born and grew up in Manila, Philippines in 1973. She left Manila for Singapore in 2001and still lives in there with her Hubbyness and brother. When not updating her blog, Miss Chuchubells is a passionate food enthusiast, proud coffee fanatic, social media advocate, tv fanatic , amateur travel buff, beauty newbie but mostly she is a dreamer and believes that “People are capable at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” and she is living it right now.

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