Wedding Wednesday | International Traditions

Not seeing the bride before the wedding night, something borrowed, something blue, marry in May, rue the day. You’ve probably heard some of these traditions and sayings around weddings. Almost every culture has some form of wedding tradition of some sort to bring two people together in a commitment. But while we think of a wedding as a very traditional occasion, there is a wealth of wonderful wedding traditions around the world that you might want to incorporate into your own special day. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting ones from around the world. 

Channel your own style

One of the most important choices you’ll make about you’re wedding is what you’re going to wear. A huge, beautiful white wedding dress, morning coats and wedding cravats are classic favourites that have stood the test of time. But did you know that in some countries, the bride doesn’t wear white at all? In Spain, it is not uncommon for black to be worn by the bride, symbolising their commitment to being married for life. In Indian ceremonies, beautiful shades of pink and red are popular. 


Place a wishing tree at your reception

In the Netherlands, there is often a beautiful potted tree placed in the wedding venue. Guests write notes offering their congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple and then hang them from a branch. 


Be a queen and wear your crown

In Norway, brides sometimes wear beautifully adorned crowns of gold and silver. They have delicate charms on them which are said to scare away evil spirits and get the marriage off to a successful start. How many opportunities do you get to wear a crown and feel like a queen? 


Start the day dancing

Wedding receptions and evening events usually come after a very stressful and well planned day. But in Lebanon, the whole day kicks off with a Zaffe, which involves dancing and music. The guests dance at the bride’s home and throw petals at the couple as they leave for the wedding ceremony. 


Releasing Doves

Couples getting married in the Philippines release a pair of white doves, one male, and one female into the air. This tradition symbolises the couple’s new life together. 


Cuban dancing 

There’s no doubt that weddings are expensive. In Cuba, it is tradition for anyone who dances with the bride to pin money to her dress. It could be a great way to get some spending money for the honeymoon. 


Keep your feet on the ground

Another dancing tradition can be found in Ireland. When the happy couple is dancing, the bride needs to keep a foot on the floor the entire time, otherwise, she may be swept away by fairies. Better safe than sorry so no jumping around during the first dance. 


Your wedding day is special to you and you should create the perfect day for you and your partner. Do whatever feels right for you, whether that’s super traditional or a combination of fantastic ideas from around the world.

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