Fun International Wedding Customs to Consider For Your Big Day
For centuries, there are certain wedding traditions that have lasted, with each new bride accepting and embracing those customs. However, the traditions and customs in question differ depending on the region, and the culture in which the bride was raised. With more and more young women wanting to expand upon the traditional wedding ceremony, we thought it would be a good idea to bring you some of the various customers from around the world that you might just want to work into your own plans.
In some European cultures, brides and grooms always give favors that include an odd number of items. This might be three small candles, five pieces of candy, or seven assorted nuts. It is not the particular item, but rather the number of them that carries significance. The belief is that the odd number is a symbol of the married couple – indivisible.
In some cultures, there is a belief that the bride and groom should see each other on the morning of the wedding. In fact, this is a very important part of the festivities, as the two are made to share a drink in a symbol of a shared life. It is thought that this custom brings happiness to the union.
In another culture, it is not wedding cake, but a tower of crème puffs that are served to the guests at the reception. There isn’t a great deal of symbolism at play here, but it does sound like a particularly delicious idea.
Some regions include a particular introduction ceremony as part of the wedding festivities. There is a formal introduction of the new family members to the parents of their respective spouses. That is to say that the groom is officially introduced to the bride’s parents, and she is formally introduced to his. It was once done because many brides and grooms would not meet until their wedding day, but it is still in practice today because it is thought to bring good fortune and healthy children to the marriage.
While many American wedding see the bride escorted down the aisle by her father, in other cultures, the groom is similarly escorted by his mother.
The soles of the shoes of many brides elsewhere in the world are adorned with the names of beloved female family members and friends. These names belong to single women, who have not yet celebrated their own weddings. Those names that wear off during the celebration are said to belong to those who will soon find love.