Comments: Superstitions: Throwing Rice at the Bride and Groom

As is the case with pretty much anything you'll ever write (I know very little about history), I had no idea.

Now can you explain the switch from rice to birdseed? The explanations I've heard sound urban legendy.

Posted by sarahk at April 3, 2008 12:51 PM

Don't you remember when everyone started saying rice was bad for birds some years back? Since then, we've switched to other things to protect the birdies.

Even though the rice-is-bad-for-birds thing is totally false.

Posted by Jennifer at April 3, 2008 03:14 PM

At the Country Club I worked at, we wouldn't allow rice because it was incredibly difficult to sweep it all up from the parking lot, and it tended to make for dicy footing when it got wet. Bird seed, OTOH, was pretty much gone by the next morning.

And garlic is for luck? I thought it was for defense!

Posted by Victor at April 4, 2008 08:54 AM

My aunt and uncle got married in her parents' back yard. At the last minute one of her sisters realized we had no rice to throw, so she ran into the kitchen and grabbed a box of instant mashed potato flakes. It actually looked really pretty.

Posted by nic at April 4, 2008 10:38 AM