A wedding symbolizes a new chapter in the lives of the bride and the groom and they receive well wishes of happiness and prosperity. Since ancient times, people have thought it best not to leave the future happiness for the couple solely to chance, and good luck charms and superstitions abound. Here are a few examples.

In England, the brides (or their fathers) slip a penny in their shoes before the ceremony for good luck and to ensure wealth in the newlywed couple's life. This comes from the rhyme "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and silver sixpence in your shoe" which originated during the Victorian times. It was originally a silver sixpence but today, a lucky penny is used as a substitute since it has become hard to acquire a silver sixpence.

An old Irish wedding tradition is for the groom to give his bride a coin after the exchange of wedding rings. The coin is a symbol that he will share all that he has (and will have in the future) with his bride.

Italian grooms carry a small piece of iron ore in a pocket during the ceremony in order to ward off evil. And in Greece, sugar cubes are considered wedding good luck charms. The bride puts a sugar cube in one of her gloves in order to sweeten the marriage.

In Asia, there are also many wedding traditions that are practiced in order to bring the groom and bride good fortune. The Chinese bride's hair is styled in the glow of dragon and phoenix candles that represent the union of a man and a woman, and she must not wear a red silk veil under the phoenix bridal crown. The groom wears a cap that is decorated with cypress leaves to symbolize the wish for many things such as children and money. In some cities, a new "tradition" has begun where the newlyweds drink "7 Up" (yes, the soda) because the Chinese word for it is "qixi" which means "7 happiness".

In the Philippines, it was believed that breaking something during the reception will bring luck to the newlyweds. The traditional marriage celebration dance is the "Pandango", where reception guests pin money on the couple's clothes for prosperity. It is also believed that two siblings should never get married within the same calendar year. If they do, it will bring bad luck, or worse, death to the couples. It is called "sukob" which means "overlap".

There are a lot of sayings, customs, traditions and good luck charms all over the world that are believed to bring fortune and happiness to newly married couples. Whether or not these actually work, they have been around and followed for hundreds of years and it all boils down to wanting the couple's marriage to be successful and filled with joy and love. Try incorporating one (or more!) at your own wedding - it can't hurt!