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The Upswing

11 Aug

My groom, who has had very few comments, opinions (or contributions so far) to the wedding planning informed me on vacation that it is vital we get married on :30 after the hour instead of on the hour, for whichever hour we choose to get married.  In our case, its either 2:00pm or 2:30pm.

Wedding clock on the upswing toward the hour

Wedding clock on the upswing toward the hour

Its an easy concession for me to make because it doesn’t matter a lot to me exactly what time we get married, and ultimately, it helps because we have more time to get ready; out of towners have more time to get there; etc.

I was wondering though, where this superstition came from.  I like traditions and enjoy reading old wives tales.  One thing I’m going to do for tradition is wear my veil over my head as I walk down the aisle.  I don’t think I’ve seen any of my friends or any brides do that before, but I knew it was an old tradition.  Plus, we got a beautiful veil, and I think its kind of romantic.

So anyway, I tried to do a little research but came up very short on why this superstition about the upswing came to be.  Here’s what I found:

1. Don’t marry when the clock’s hands are in the down position.

2. You should say your vows only when the clock’s second hand is in the up position.

3. If you take the time to coordinate your vows as the hand is going up it shows your willingness to work together.

I did find a pretty fun site with lots of other wedding superstitions, so plan on seeing more in the future!

PS – Apparently a bride should wear the veil over her face as she walks down the aisle to protect her from evil spirits.

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