{Day # 15} Wedding Customs from Around the World

The Bouquet Toss. The Garter. The Toasts. These are rituals that brides can expect in the US. What would your day be like if you weren't in America? The marriage customs from around the world are presented below. Adapt the best parts to add international flair to your day while honoring  your culture and that of your significant other.

• The bride wears a veil made of plaited hair which represents reserve.
• The people present wear traditional regional costumes.
• Wine is poured on the land as a dedication to the gods.
• The couple jumps above a brush covered with flowers, which symbolizes the starting of domestic life.

• The bride wears an elaborate veil and gets her hands and feet decorated with a drawing made with alhea (henna).
• During the reception, men and women stay separated.


• The cake is made of various fruits and steeped in rum.
• Calypso music is played.
• In the Bermudas people plant a tree for prosperity.


• Decorations and gift wrappings are red in color (and gold too) symbolizing happiness and wealth.
• The bride changes her dress as many times as the budget allows and usually wears red.
• Consult a fortune teller to find a favorable date for your wedding.

• The couple walk toward the church with their wedding procession over a path of orange blossoms.
• Most of the brides wear a horseshoe on one of their arms decorated with lace as an amulet.
• The fruit cake is covered with marzipan. The upper section (baptism tart) is kept until the first child is born.

• The couple drink from the traditional wedding cup.
• All decorations are white, and laurel leaves are spread out of the church when the nuptial couple depart.
• On the wedding night, pots and pans are drummed to disturb the couple.

• In a party the night before, the couple are loudly teased and dishes are broken.
• Beer, wine and marzipan are served.
• The bride is taken to the church in a carriage pulled by black horses.
• On the day of the wedding, the guests go to couple's house.

• Almonds covered with caramel (fertility symbols) wrapped in tulle are distributed among the assistants.
• In the reception a dance with handkerchiefs (Kaslamantiano) is enjoyed by all while stuffed grape leaves, lamb skewers, and wine are served.
• During the ceremony the groom is asked to honour the bride and she slightly touches him to put emphasis.

• Sugared Almonds covered with caramel symbolize the joys and sadness of marriage.
• In the reception, everyone enjoys the traditional dance called the "Tarantella."
• Weddings kick off on Sunday morning (never a Friday or Tuesday) and Saturday weddings are reserved for widows marrying the second time.


• Weddings take place around 9 in the evening

• Traditional Flamanco dress
• Following the vows, the priest wraps a large lasso or rosary around the couple.

• The bride wears an elaborate white silk dress, various adornments, and a special wig.
• In the reception there's a dedication and some speeches, and the honored guests tell stories about the couple.
• Kiogashi (colored sweets with flower shape), indicate that this is also a party.
• Red is the funny and lucky colour.

• In an private ceremony, the groom's family welcomes the bride.
• The bride wears a multicolored silk dress with white sleeves and a black silk crown and she is made up with red points on her cheeks to scare away bad spirits.

• The bagpipe is played during the parade
• The groom wears his traditional kilt.

{The Neverlands}
• The couple plant Lilly of the Valley seed in their garden after the wedding. When the plants flower up every year, love is seen as being renewed.

• After the dedication, cups are thrown to the floor. Their breaking means happiness.
• The bride and groom usually tie a doll to the wedding car or carriage if they wish their first child to be a girl, and a teddy bear if they want a boy.

{TheKnot.com; Romanceopedia.com}

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