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Is It Bad Luck For the Bride and Groom to See Each Other Before the Wedding?

Since I'm so traditional, you probably won't be surprised to hear that I consider it bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Of course some couples don't believe in that old-wives tale, and I'm sure those that do get a peek or even share a moment together before their walk down the aisle still live happily ever after. I'm just too superstitious to chance it. Are you like me? Do you think it's bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before saying "I do"?

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SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 9 years
Not so much for the luck would I not want my fiance to see me, but because I want to see his face when he sees me walking down the aisle in my dress! I'm getting married in August, and it's so hard not to tell him anything or not show him! But I really want to see his expression.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I don't believe in "luck". Superstition belongs in the dark ages.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
I don't think it's true, but I would want to keep the wedding completely traditional by making sure he doesn't see my dress.
Charlsie Charlsie 9 years
I'd definitely like to see him and do pictures earlier in the day and then maybe not see him right before the ceremony. I like the idea of having a special reveal of the dress and everything for him before I walk down the aisle, that seems special and personal. Then when I walk down the aisle, that can be the reveal for everyone else. :)
BellaStar BellaStar 9 years
At first I was all about not seeing my fiance before the wedding. But we are doing a destination wedding in Costa Rica and our wedding planner has arranged for a couples massage on the beach the morning of the wedding. I couldn't pass that up! But on the flip side, I don't want him to see me in my dress until I walk down the isle. That is where I put my foot down!
MissChita MissChita 9 years
I agree w/ aimeeb - its more tradition than superstition. If I were in that position, I would like to see my fiance the day of the wedding (maybe we need to have that last big talk before we are husband and wife), but I think it would be exciting if he didnt see me in my wedding dress until I'm walking down the aisle. But I dont believe in the superstition of it.
ckilpatrick1986 ckilpatrick1986 9 years
I went with all the traditions... he never saw my dress or even a picture of it, we didn't see each other for 24 hours before we got married, and we did not see each other until i walked down the aisle. It was almost comical because at one point we were both en route to the ceremony site and our best man and matron of honor were on the phone making sure we didn't drive past each other and accidentally see each other... at one point we were close enough to each other on the road that I had to take a detour in a cemetary in order to miss him. I love traditions.
death-by-chocolat death-by-chocolat 9 years
I didn't care too much either way; my wedding/reception is set up so that there is a cocktail hour between, when photos can be taken. But my FIANCE is the one who insists on not seeing me until I appear on the aisle- he refuses to hear any detail about what I will look like, too. Not superstitious, he just wants to be surprised.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
Luck has NOTHING to do with a good no, i'm not superstitious.
stefsprl stefsprl 9 years
We saw each other in the morning...he brought the last of his stuff over to my apartment, since we didn't live together before we got married. We saw each other at the church, too, but then as soon as we started getting ready we made sure to steer clear of each other. We weren't superstitious, we just wanted the "reveal" where we saw each other in our wedding clothes for the first time.
Meike Meike 9 years
I've open umbrellas inside buildings, broken a mirror or two, and have had a black cat cross my path for nearly 5 years. None of the bad luck tied with these superstitions have rung true. I'd be hard pressed to believe this one. My husband and I saw each other before our wedding as well. It's more of a tradition that stirs excitement in both the bride and groom.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
We spent the whole day together before our wedding. But then, the wedding wasn't a really big deal. I don't think it's bad luck- it seems sort of bizarre that it would be. What's supposed to happen to you if you catch a glimpse of your significant other?
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
What exactly is the superstition/tradition based on? Does it hark from the days of arranged marriage and it's feared that the groom will dislike the bride and call it off or something?
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't really believe in this at all...I'm not superstitious. I ate breakfast with my husband the day of our wedding. We went our separate ways to get ready, of course, and we saw each other next at the ceremony!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I agree with Jillerin. I was TOTALLY against the "First Look". I thought nothing could change my mind...until I spoke with my photographer who changed my mind. We are going to do the photos prior to the ceremony, which works out well, because our ceremony isn't until 7, so we want to get to the reception as soon as possible!
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I don't think it's bad luck I just wanted to build the excitement. He didn't see me at all before our wedding and I only got a peek at him right before I went down the aisle. The thing is that I stayed with my mom and brother the week before the wedding and it was so hard. I didn't realize how accustomed I'd grown to having him with me. It was so hard to be apart that long and I can't even say how happy I was to just hold his hand once I got down the aisle.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I think it has to do with tradition also. And while I like the tradition I think we will probably get pictures before the wedding. I don't want a huge gap between the wedding and reception. I like what jillerin was talking about --- doing a sort of 'reveal'.
syako syako 9 years
Yeah I'm with everyone else about tradition. Plus, seeing my husband's face when my dad walked me down the aisle was absolutely priceless. His grin was so HUGE and stayed like that all day and night. :P
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't think there is anything to worry about. It's just a superstition but everyone freaked me out so much that I didn't let my husband see me before the wedding but he did see the dress.
Sporky Sporky 9 years
Well, I've gone to weddings where EVERYTHING they could do according to tradition was done and they STILL wound up divorcing so who knows?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
aimeeb you are spot on. I haven't decided yet, seeing as I'm not even engaged, but it would be be because I was afraid of something terrible happening. Getting married in an of itself causes enough of those fears.
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
Superstition or not, I really appreciate when they get all the pictures out of the way beforehand! Nobody likes waiting 2 hours between ceremony and reception! The photographer most of my friends use does a little "reveal" moment where she makes it special, and captures the groom's reaction, and then they do the rest of the wedding party photos, all before the wedding. Love her for that!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
in the first wedding i remember being at, my aunt and uncle walked down the aisle together so i have never found it that weird i think it's really up to the person, and i'm not sure what i'd want, but i think i'd like to see him really quick and have a little moment before like luckyme said
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
yeah i agree maybe more tradition than supersition
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It's more the tradition as to why I would not see him, not so much superstition.
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