Why Does the Bride Carry a Handkerchief ? Not all brides' head down the aisle with a handkerchief, but if you choose to, it is considered to be a good omen. Early farmers thought a bride's wedding-day tears were lucky and brought rain for their crops,so tears were saved on a handkerchief. Later, it was believed that a bride who cried at her wedding would never shed another tear about her marriage. Today, wedding handkerchiefs make great keepsake gifts that can be cherished for years to come.