All of Us Humans Have Much in Common, though each of us is unique. Should you scan any fingerprint from 1the billions of us, they will always be subtle differences. Do a retinal scan from people worldwide; each one is unique. And it is the same with many traditions, which some, may like to include in their wedding ceremonies, making them unique in their fashion. In this article we’ve included wedding traditions from around the world, if you share any of these ethnic backgrounds, you may wish to include portions in your wedding ceremony.
The German Newspaper
There Is a Tradition in Germany Which Dates Back generations. When a baby girl is born, several trees are planted in honor of her birth. As the child grows, so also do the trees, in many ways echoing her life and ascent through adolescence. When the time comes to marry, the trees are sold to pay for the wedding either in full or part, also acting as a dowry. To help offset the cost of the honeymoon, a newspaper is created featuring stories, pictures, and personal antidotes about the bride and groom. The newspaper is sold at the wedding, and the funds used to pay for the honeymoon.
A Sweeping German Party
While Some of These Traditions Have Passed into the Sands of Time, others remain. Traditional German weddings often last three days, with different ceremonies being performed on each day. Day one is a civil ceremony, followed on day two by a traditional ceremony. On the night after this ceremony, wedding guests bring old dishes to the party/reception. The dishes are purposely broken, while the couple sweeps them up, symbolizing that their home will never be broken. The third and final day marks the religious ceremony. The adage comes to mind, the third times a charm.
As the couple leaves the church after the final ceremony, tradition has them throwing coins to the children in attendance for good luck. Somewhere during this process, traditionally the bride is spirited away by the best man, making their way to a local pub to drink champagne and hide awaiting the groom.
There is a bit of urgency for the groom to quickly find the bride and the best man. No, nothing mischievous will be happening, simply an ever-increasing bar tab, that the groom must pay to ransom his bride.
Additionally, and depending on how closely tradition is followed, as the couple tries to leave to begin their honeymoon, the doors are locked, keeping them from leaving. Again ransom is demanded before the couple can leave, normally reperations are made in the form of a promise to throw a future party for all in attendance.
In Western civilization, you can quickly spot whether or not someone is married, by seeing if they have a ring on their left hand. This is a bit different in Russia. In Russia, the traditional wedding ring is called an engagement ring and worn on the ring finger of the right hand. If the woman is widowed or divorced, the ring is then moved to the left hand. While the bride and groom may shop for the rings together, it is the groom’s responsibility to pay for the ring, in that scenario, this is the same as Western culture.
A Communism Holdover
In the days of communist Russia, owning a large car was reserved solely for the wealthy. In today’s Russian weddings, it is desirous to have a long procession of large cars, symbolizing the wealth and good fortune of the couple. Great lengths are gone to secure at the minimum, a large car for the bride and groom. Everyone in the wedding party is usually involved in this process, often driving to the wedding in their personal vehicle to increase the length of the procession.
It is traditional that the groom will drive the bride to the wedding ceremony. However, this is not always easily accomplished. Before being permitted to do so, the groom must pass a series of challenges, which include trivia questions, physical obstacles and possibly a perilous climb to the second story window to retrieve his bride.
The actual ceremony, takes place in the licensing office, with required witnesses in attendance. Should the bride and groom wish to have a religious ceremony, this is held separately but has no legal bearing on the process.
The receptions are usually well attended, since they will last well into the evening, and drinking to excess is expected and encouraged. Somewhere during the process, the bride is stolen away by friends of the groom to a secret hiding place. The groom must not only find the bride, he must then pay the ransom set by his friends. And if you think the process is complete at this point, it’s not, since the bride can be stolen multiple times during the evening.
Rings Are Very Much a part of wedding ceremonies around the world, however, in Ireland many couples are choosing to wear the Claddagh ring instead of a traditional wedding band. This ring is steeped in tradition having a heart on either side and the crown on top. When the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart facing you, is symbolizes marriage. Wearing a ring with the heart facing away from you says that you are single. If desired by the bride, the ring may be worn as a wedding band and is often passed down through the generations from mother to daughter.
As the bride and groom leave the church, a handful of coins is thrown into the waiting crowd, symbolizing wealth and good fortune for all. The bride will carry a horseshoe symbolizing good luck, which is normally soon into the wedding dress. Today’s horseshoe may be plastic, possibly even displayed on the wedding cake, while earlier generations would have used actual horeshoes.
Never In May
Irish weddings that truly want to honor Tradition are held only between April and October. The month of May is avoided completely due to Irish superstition. Honey wine Or Mead is served at the reception and is thought by many to be the origin of the word honeymoon.
FACTOID: Mead or Honey Wine has legend and lore attached to it. It is thought to increase courage and for virility, which is the reason it is served in abundance at Irish wedding receptions.
As the reception eventual winds down, the haunting sound of bagpipes can be heard playing beconing to the bride and groom that iit s time for the honeymoon to begin.
These are of cores only a few of the wedding traditions from around the globe. The idea here or in your traditions is to make your wedding unique, memorable, and a true ceremony of a lifetime.