We’ve all seen various differences in wedding traditions around the world; from American bachelor/bachelorette parties, to Celtic hand binding and ring blessing… But what about some of the traditions that we know less about?
In today’s blog post, we’re exploring 9 wedding traditions from around the world and why they are significant within their respective cultures.
The Norwegians promote brides wearing ‘brudekrone’, or a ‘bridal crown’ to deflect evil spirits. These delicate (and absolutely stunning) silver and gold crowns are thought to deter evil spirits and protect the couple from harm.
Similarly, in Sweden, brides wear a beautiful flower crown instead of a veil. Typically including a sprig of myrtle, the crown is a symbol of love that has been adopted by many across the world as a fashion statement in rustic weddings.
The vibrant traditions of India are celebrated with the Mehndi ceremony. Intricate henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and feet, symbolising beauty, joy and the enduring love shared between the couple.
In Germany, newlyweds take part in Baumstamm Sägen, where they work together to saw through a log. Done in front of their guests with a chainsaw, the act symbolises overcoming obstacles in the couple’s marriage and working together through tough times.
Spitting on the Bride
The Kenyan tradition has the father of the bride spitting on her dress, top of her head and chest for good luck. This is seen as a sign of respect for the Maasai people and helps promote good faith in the marriage.
Before pheras, a group of Indian wedding rituals, it is customary for the groom to take off his shoes. Joota Chupa is a game between the bride’s female relatives, where they attempt to trick him, loot his shoes and hide them, with the objective of achieving monetary gain in return for the shoes.
Demonstrating the lifetime of fun and laughter that these families are to endure, the Joota Chupai is a moment of fun in a Hindu ceremony for partakers and spectators to enjoy alike.
Whilst this sounds like something to avoid, the South Korean wedding tradition is actually a playful ritual to be enjoyed by many.
The groom is subject to having his shoes and socks removed, his ankles bound together and the soles of his feet beaten with a selection of materials: from a stick, to a fish. Meanwhile, the groom is asked riddles and trivia questions by his family and friends, testing his character and strength.
Woman in Black
Whilst this may seem a sinister tradition, it’s not quite referencing the horror movie character.
A Spanish bride is to wear a black lace gown and veil as a symbol of her devotion to her husband. Putting ‘till death do us part’ into the visuals...
Exchanging of Yaqona
A Fijian wedding traditionally features a Bilo Ceremony, where the couple exchange a polished and decorated coconut shell (a Bilo) filled with Yaqona (a traditional Fijian drink, often consumed on special occasions). This act symbolises the commitment, support and unity the couple have for one another and the readiness to care for one another for the rest of their lives.
We love learning about and experiencing different wedding traditions over here at Melt, so feel free to comment below any that you have experienced or implemented in yours or your client's wedding day.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events and Marketing Manager
Whether you're a bride, groom or wedding guest, we have written a few tips for all attendees to make the day the best it can be.
Tips for Couples
1. Practice your poses and kisses for photographs
This is such an important thing to do in the lead up to your wedding. Discover the poses you like and perfect them so that you’re comfortable in front of the camera.
Tip: Don’t forget to ask your officiant to step to the side for your first kiss and stop halfway down the aisle to kiss for the photographer!
2. Stick together!
Everyone that has come to your wedding has come to see you two as a couple. You want to make sure you’re experiencing your day together and living the best moments as a newly-wed couple.
We’ve written a whole blog post on this for all the nearly-weds here LINK.
3. Don’t forget to consider the guest experience when you’re busy
At a time when you’re not physically present, like when you’re having your couple photos post-ceremony, you need to consider what your guests are going to do.
Will they be stood having canapes and cocktails or might you consider printing a personalised crossword for them to fill out in your absence? Alternatively you could plot items around for a scavenger hunt or leave a quiz out for them to be scored on later?
Tips for Grooms
1. Have a settler
Have you got that person ready to calm you down when you’re all in your feels before the ceremony?
Whether you need a walk, a pint or a run, who is the person who is going to come and do this with you and ensure you’re getting the calmness you need.
2. You may want an easily accessible handkerchief
Whether it be on you or one of your groomsmen, you might want to keep this close by - especially if you think you won’t need it.
3. Don’t feel obligated to drink excessively
This isn’t a night out with your mates. This is a celebration of you two as a couple (Although, if shots is something you do together, then I back this wholeheartedly!).
But just because your mates are buying all the jagerbombs, doesn’t mean you have to drink them. In the longrun, you and your partner will cherish the evening more if you make the most of it together.
Tips for Brides
1. You may want to avoid shoes with excessive embellishments
Depending on the fabric of your dress, embellishments on your shoes may get caught when you walk… Especially if you’re going the classic ‘kick walk’ for photos.
It will frustrate you on your wedding day if you have to keep pulling your dress from your shoes (and probably your new husband and bridesmaids you’re complaining to them as well).
2. Sit your bridesmaids opposite you at the ceremony
I don’t know about you, but I want to see my girls crying at how stunning I look; I want to see my best friend gleam with pride as she sees me marry the man of my dreams; and I want to see my parents’ faces as I take this step with my partner in crime.
3. Pause during your entrance
These people are (hopefully) your nearest and dearest. Take a moment to see all the faces that have taken the time to show up for you and your husband-to-be and soak in the immense amount of love.
Tips for Guests
1. Adhere to the dresscode
It’s there for a reason. That’s all.
2. Respect the bride and groom’s space
Wedding days are really busy and overwhelming for the newly-weds. Yes, you’ve been invited - which hopefully means you’re one of their favourite people - but this doesn’t mean you have to smother them.
Just because they’re not conversing with other guests, doesn’t mean you have to dive straight in. Make sure you give them time to breathe, eat and enjoy their day.
If they're having a moment, let them have a moment.
If the couple have organised something for the day, get involved!
Whether it be as simple as a confetti toss, a bit of fun like singing waiters or a little healthy competition in a game of rounders, make sure you engage in the day as a whole.
Someone has spent a lot of time planning this… Let go and enjoy it.
Written by Siobhan Tinnion
Events and Marketing Manager
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