Different countries, colourful cultures, distinct people and unsimilar traditions. If you have friends or relatives from other countries, you can learn a lot about their culture. For example family celebrations. Weddings are part of the family parties, so it can be different in every family and country. Lets learn some beautiful wedding traditions around the world. (You never know when you should know them 🙂 )

Germany

  • Collect pennies for years and after that, buy the wedding shoes for the bride
  • Plates and dishes are smashed at the party before the wedding  – the bride and groom have to cleaned them up
  • After the couple is getting married, they sawing a log in half, which represents the first obstacle

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Norway

  • Clothes: bride wears a white or silver wedding gown, silver or silver and gold crown; groom, groomsmen and the best man wear bundas, that has a white silk shirt, short pants and stockings, a vest and topcoat
  • Two small fir trees are planted on either side of the door to the couple’s home

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United Kingdom

  • Wales:
    • The bridal bouquet includes myrtle (symbolizing love), and the bride gives a cutting to her bridesmaids. If the bridesmaid plants it and it blooms, it means she will be the next bride.
    • When a Welshman fell in love and was ready to commit, he carved spoons from wood and gave them to his beloved
  • Scotland: Clocks are given to the couple by the best man, the maid of honour gives them tea set

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France

  • Brides and grooms eat chocolate and drink champagne after the reception
  • The croquembouche, is the traditional wedding cake, a pyramid of choux buns filled with custard, held together with toffee

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Japan

  • Bride wears white from head to toe, including makeup, kimono and hood
  • Engagement: “yuino”, bride’s and groom’s families exchange gifts
  • Speech: relatives, friends stand in line and wish the couple well, their speeches can be kind messages or moralistic tales also

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China

  • The groom shoots three arrows at the bride. After that, the groom picks them up and breaks them in half as a symbol their love for each other is forever
  • In China red colour brings luck and happiness. Bride’s face is covered in a red veil and travel in a red bridal sedan. Bride’s mother holds a red umbrella above the bride head to symbolise fertility

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Russia

  • Bride and groom must take “witnesses” with them to the civil ceremony. The “witnesses” are usually friends or close family members of the couple
  • After the ceremony the couple get showered with coins, rice or chocolate
  • Before the couple leave their family, they take a bite of bread with salt. Who gets the the bigger bite will wear the pants in their relationship

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India

  • Indian weddings are usually three days long
  • Mehendi ceremony: it takes place one day before the actual wedding. Only women attend this event
  • Haldi ceremony: it helds on the morning of the wedding, bride’s and groom’s family  spread a mixture of oil, water over the skin and clothes of the couple
  • Instead of exchanging wedding rings, the groom ties a mangalsultra around the bride’s neck. Mangalsultra is a necklace with two gold pendants
  • “Joota Chupai”: the groom is required to take off his shoes while he is walking to the altar. The bride’s family tries to steal them, while the groom’s family tries to protect them

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Pakistan

  • Bride’s sisters and female cousins steal the groom’s shoes. If he wants them back, he must pay money for them
  • Bride’s family welcomes the groom with flower garland

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Philippines

  • Bride and groom send off a pair of white doves to symbolize a peaceful and harmonious life together
  • Brings bad luck for the bride to try on her dress before the wedding day and to wear pearl jewelry

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Peru

  • The wedding cake is decorated with ribbons and a fake wedding ring is embedded into the center. The single lady who will serve the slice of cake with the fake wedding ring, will be the next bride

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