We have collected some wedding rituals which many give you some new ideas how to celebrate your big day:
Bride and groom invite friends and family before the wedding to celebrate “Polterabend” (Hen & Stag night). German brides and grooms have to clean up piles of porcelain dishes that their guests threw on the ground on arrival to ward off any evil spirits. The lesson: working together, the couple can face any challenge thrown their way.
How would you like to be all dressed up in your wedding finery and have your dad spit on you? It happens in Kenya after the ceremony when a Masai bride leaves with her new husband. The purpose is not to tempt fate by being too supportive of the newlyweds.
It’s a Cuban custom that every man who dances with the bride must pin money to her dress to help the couple pay for their wedding and honeymoon. Bank on it
According to custom, a Russian man must go to the bride’s parents’ home on the morning of the wedding and prove his worth by either paying a “ransom” for his lady, showering the bride’s family with gifts, or simply humiliating himself by dancing and singing until the family says “okay.”
In Peruvian weddings, the cake is typically assembled with ribbons attached to charms, with one fake wedding ring embedded into the center. The single lady who is served the slice of cake with the fake wedding ring inside is crowned the next to get married.
Guests work together to “abduct” the bride, whisking her away to an undisclosed location and demanding a “ransom” from the groom. Typical requests? A few bottles of alcohol, or — for those looking to really make the groom sweat — singing a love song in front of the entire party!
In Sweden, whenever the bride leaves the table, all the ladies at the reception are free to steal a kiss from the groom! Sweden keeps the tradition gender-neutral so whenever the groom leaves the room, all surrounding gentleman are free to plant a peck on the bride.
It is custom for the groom to give the bride’s father a watch after she accepts his proposal. The groom also gives the bride a gift of 13 gold coins (las arras) that symbolize God’s love.
Lobster is a common wedding food for the Japanese, because it’s bright red – the colour of luck. Clams are also served whole – to symbolize a couple’s unity.
Food is paramount at receptions. Some weddings feature as many as 14 food and drink courses, starting with antipasto and ending with espresso and cake.
Grooms cut up their ties at the end of the wedding reception; the couple then ‘sells’ the pieces to guests.
In China, when a groom comes to get his bride, he must first break through an aggressive wall of her angry bridesmaids. The bridesmaids demand money from him, and put him through a series of silly performances and tasks – all meant to prove just how strong his love really is.
Married friends of the groom carve wooden ducks for the married couple, meant to symbolize marital harmony.