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Weddings Around The World

August 4, 2010

Being the internationally savvy gals that we are, we wanted to share some of our favorite wedding traditions from around the world.  If you have a particular attachment to a part of your heritage, why not incorporate it into your wedding?  It’s also a great idea to give wedding gifts that pay homage to either the couple’s or your heritage.

In French weddings, the groom walks his mother down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony.  We think this is adorable, especially if the groom is close with his mom.  The traditional layered wedding cake also originated in France, which is not all that surprising considering the French passion for pastries!

In the Czech Republic, it is customary for the bridesmaids to make a wreath of Rosemary for the bride to wear during the ceremony, which symbolizes a wish for wisdom, love, and loyalty.  Czech weddings are also very strict about having something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  (See our previous post on the origin of this tradition!)

Before a traditional German wedding, the bride and groom smash plates, vases, pots, and anything else breakable into pieces, and then clean it up together to symbolize preparation for life’s trials and tribulations.  After the ceremony, guests throw rice at the couple, and according to legend the amount that stays in the bride’s hair signifies the number of children she will have.  Let’s hope her hairspray doesn’t snag the whole bag of rice!

In Japan, the bride typically wears two outfits: the shiro, which is a white kimono and worn during the ceremony, and the uchikake kimono, which is more intricately patterned and worn for the reception.  What a fun way to incorporate both classic and funky style into your wedding!

According to Scottish wedding tradition, luckenbooths (brooches with two intertwining hearts) are given as gifts either between the bride and groom, or from family and friends to bring luck and happiness to the couple’s marriage.  If you saw Made of Honor, you know that Scottish grooms wear a kilt made of his family’s tartan rather than a tux, and at the end of the ceremony he adorns his bride with a sash of the same colors to welcome her to the family.  Hopefully his family colors are not purple and orange!

During a Swedish wedding reception, if the groom leaves the room at any point other men are allowed to kiss the bride, and vice versa.  Unless the room is filled with Gerard Butler look-alikes, he better stay by your side the whole night!

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