Along with the rush of cold air, winter brings warm and cozy wedding moments. Weddings in winter season add flavor to everything. Closest friends and acquaintances think of making the ceremony more romantic and sentimental for the couple. Sometimes, incorporating ideas from other countries’ nuptial traditions is quite exciting. It ends up in an amusing celebration, with loads of fun and frolic.
Like it is said that something new is always fun, a wedding performed in a different manner as usual makes it eventful. For this, one needs to know the traditions and rituals of weddings around the world. In every country, conducting a wedding is considered divine.
This world is full of diverse cultures, and there are some wonderful and playful customs that every culture follows. Here are a few unique wedding traditions that are cherished around the globe.
Wearing a white bridal gown and white veil is a trend that dates back to Victorian era. Accessorizing her look with precious jewelry like diamonds or pearls is the symbol of opulence in the bride’s upcoming life. Donning ‘Something blue’ is considered divine and pure.
Before the wedding ceremony, brides-to-be are given bridal showers from the Maid of Honor. This is the time when she receives gifts for her future-house use from family and friends.
It is the bride’s father who accompanies her while walking down the aisle. The presence of bridesmaids and groomsmen is customary in the ceremony. Exchanging wedding vows and rings in Church is the most noteworthy part of the nuptial. After all rituals, the relation between newlyweds is sealed with a lovely kiss.
Then, a wedding cake and a grand reception with loads of delicacies are cherished by all guests present in the celebration. Everyone enjoys singing and dancing.
There is an interesting custom of throwing uncooked rice on bride and groom during the ceremony by guests to wish the couple good luck and blessings. In the end, before the couple leave for their honeymoon, the bride throws her bouquet on unmarried girls. Whosoever catches it is said to be next in the line of getting married.
Entering groom’s house by carrying the bride in arms is one very romantic custom.
It is usually a summer evening in Mexico when a wedding takes place. Depending upon the region, bride’s attire varies. It can be a simple netted white gown or a colorful floral embroidered huipil; both of which have to be accompanied by a stole on head.
During the ceremony, priest teaches the spiritual meaning of wedding to the couple. The ceremony happens to be in a Roman Catholic Church. The newlyweds wear pearl rosaries in their neck. Furthermore, ‘Lazo’ is an integral part of a Latin wedding. Just after the exchange of vows, the priest wraps a lazo, i.e. a simple beaded rope of flowers or jewels in the shape of eight around necks of the couple. This symbolizes the eternal love bond they are going to take on for the coming years of their life.
Something very amusing is ‘Money Dance.’ In this, wedding guests pin money on the dresses of bride and groom while they both dance together. This is a way guests participate in the event and shower their blessings.
In India, wedding is a gala event where preparations start just after the date is announced. Red or a related bright hue is what the bride dons as her wedding attire. Applying ‘henna’ on hands and legs of the bride is customary in a Hindu marriage. Even grooms’ hands are decorated with henna (in small amounts though).
There is a ritual in which bride and groom’s closest relatives and friends massage their faces with wet turmeric. This is to make them look more beautiful and radiant. After the dinner party in the evening, bride and groom are supposed to take seven circuits of holy fire together going hand in hand; this usually takes place in the midnight. This is known as ‘Saat Phere’, without which the marriage is considered worthless.
Gold ornaments hold mystical importance in an Indian nuptial. Bride’s parents give gold jewelry to their daughter as their love and good wishes. Gold jewelry ensembles relate to godliness as Hindu Gods have been seen donning their body with loads of gold jewels.
Throwing uncooked white rice on relatives by bride after she is set to go with the groom and his family is a symbol of remembrance. It is believed that by doing this the girl wishes her family to remain healthy, wealthy and happy forever.
Consulting an astrologer before fixing anything is a must in Chinese weddings. Chinese brides have been wearing red silk gown enriched with golden embroidery, since centuries. It is known as ‘qipao’ that covers her full body (except face and hands) and even falls on the ground.
A trend in China lets both girl and boy enjoy spending quality time with their friends before wedding. Some fun-filled moments make the wedding more entertaining. In the morning, when the groom arrives at the bride’s house, he is stopped at gate by females of the house. They allow him to enter only when their monetary demands are fulfilled and they are satisfied with the offering groom gives them. It is a kind of teasing to the new groom.
Then he joins family, friends and guests for tea and cake party, which is served by the bride. Some lavish Chinese weddings relish ‘Lion dance’ where performers dress them in outrageous costumes and dance on drum beats to ward off evil spirits from surroundings.
Ideally, Italy people choose a Sunday to hold weddings. Friday and Tuesday have been considered doomed days for conducting such ceremonies while Saturday is booked for widow remarriage. Italian brides wear a white robe having a veil, to safeguard her from wicked spirits.
After the wedding ceremony, the couple dashes a vase into pieces. It is said that the number of pieces it gets broken into decides the number of years the duo will live happily together. In the end, bride and groom give gifts to their guests as a token of gratefulness and honor.
Choose any of these entertaining customs to make your wedding livelier or tell us any other exciting wedding tradition that can add more flavor in the ceremony. We will love to know something more fascinating from you.