Traditions Around the World: Part 2
Let’s kick off another set of traditions around the world with food! Italy showers the bride in Jordan Almonds to represent both the sweet and bitter sides of marriage. Right here at home a groom’s cake shows off his personality to the wedding guests. Jamaica kicks things up a notch with a fruit cake soaked in white rum for the duration of the engagement! They know how to keep the party going all night long!
In China the wedding color is red! The bride wears a red dress, red veil, and even the invitations are red. She can have multiple costume changes throughout the night as well! Japan, on the other hand, wears white and is painted white to represent maiden status to the gods and for good luck. A Ukrainian bride wears a silver crown with crescent shaped bangles dangling to ward off evil spirits that are known to attack newlyweds.
And as one of the more entertaining traditions that we’ve come across, Russia and Romania participate in bride-napping! The groomsmen steal her from the reception and demand a ransom to bring her back. They can also set up obstacles for him to overcome to get his new wife back. Can you imagine being kidnapped from your own reception? Once again, despite the traditions or cultures you come from the wedding is about starting a new life with your best friend. Celebrate new traditions or old ones with your new husband or wife and enjoy your wedding day! Happy planning, everyone!