Traditions Around the World
Wedding traditions around the world are as vast as they are interesting. Different cultures celebrate the joining of two families in a myriad of different ways. There are things that bring couples good luck in the marriage and there are others that represent the couples possibilities together.
In Ireland, a shamrock is places in the bouquet for good luck in the marriage. Similarly, Western traditions say that a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe will bring good fortune and prosperity to the marriage as well. Italians smash a vase at the end of the ceremony and the number of pieces represents the number of happy years together!
England has had an effect on marriage traditions as well! Queen Victoria was the one to popularize the color of white for brides since she loved it so much. British traditions also dictate that female guests wear hats to weddings as well. The recent marriage of Pippa Middleton and the 2011 of Kate showed off this British style to the world.
Germans use a handsaw after the ceremony to cut a log in half to symbolize the couple’s ability to work together and overcome obstacles. Can you imagine doing that on your wedding day? A tradition in Hungary is bride-napping! The bride is kidnapped on the wedding day and the groom has to pay a ransom to get her back.
These are just a few traditions around the world that are used to celebrate weddings. The most important part is that the bride and groom enjoy their day and have a happy start to a wonderful life together.