To See Or Not To See
Let's uncover the mystery as to how this superstition began and discuss the pros and cons of seeing each other before the ceremony.
Back in the era of arranged marriages, a daughter was considered the property of her father. Futures and husbands were chosen for them without asking their opinion. In the case of a not-so-attractive woman, a marriage was often arranged with a man from another town and the two would not meet until the day of the ceremony. More than once a bride was left at the alter when a prospective groom changed his mind upon viewing his soon-to-be wife for the first time. Hence, the superstition was born that it is bad luck to see the bride before the wedding.
Today, the wedding day will most likely not be the first time a groom sees his bride, so while the chances of being left at the alter are small, some still believe it's bad luck to see each other before the ceremony. There are many good reasons to buck tradition when it comes to this issue; reasons that will relieve stress and calm pre-wedding anxiety. We've listed a few of them below:
But for those die-hard traditionalist, the reason to hold on to this superstition is simple. Seeing each other before the ceremony might detract from the magical moment that most brides have dreamed of since childhood...their fiance being left speechless, awe-struck and teary-eyed at the mere sight of their beautiful bride walking down the aisle.