Vietnamese Wedding Superstitions
Many Vietnamese (like most people in the world) adhere to numerous folk
beliefs and superstitions. Some are practiced primarily because of an “there's
nothing to lose if we comply” attitude while others are totally ignored for
they seem downright ridiculous. Here are some of the Vietnamese wedding
- Brides shouldn't try on their wedding dress before the wedding day or the
wedding will not push through.
- 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 arinola (chamberpot) as wedding gift is believed to bring good luck
- Altar-bound couples are accident-prone and therefore must avoid long
drives or traveling before their wedding day for safety.
- The groom who sits ahead of his bride during the wedding ceremony will be
a henpecked husband.
- If it rains during the wedding, it means prosperity and happiness for the
- A flame extinguished on one of the wedding candles means the one on which
side has the unlit candle, will die ahead of the other.
- Throwing rice confetti at the newlyweds will bring them prosperity all
- 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.