What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? A drunken best man? An unusual decoration? A few bad dancers? Such things might be surprising, but they’re hardly tradition.
Of course, most of these traditions have good meanings and historical stories. In fact, continuing to follow them often allows a couple to have a better wedding party.
10: Breaking the Glass
In a Jewish wedding the groom hits his foot on a glass in a piece of cloth. often, the groom breaks the glass after the rings are exchanged, standing on it with his right foot. Then the guests shout “mazel tov!”
9: Wedding Night Interruption
Charivari (also known as shivaree) is probably the most annoying wedding tradition we’ve ever heard of. The word is defined as “a unpleasant false songs and music to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc.” Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds, or it was, because this popular tradition is not as fashionable as before.
On a couple’s wedding night, a large gathering of friends, family members and other wedding guests would get together outside the newlyweds’ home and proceed to make as much bad noise as possible to disturb the couple.
8: Toe (Not Finger) Rings
At weddings people put rings on fingers, Hindu brides traditionally wear their wedding rings on their feet!! The ring is usually silver and placed on a woman’s left foot, on her great toe (which is next to the big toe). The groom slips the ring on the bride’s foot during the ceremony, and these rings are only worn by married women.
In India, Hindu men may wear toe rings if they wish, but if they do, the jewelry is usually worn on the big toe and is never a symbol of marital status .
7: A Traditional Tossing
In many wedding ceremonies, things are thrown at the newlyweds as they leave for their honeymoon for many reasons such as from luck and fertility. But at weddings in the Czech Republic, items are often thrown before, during and after the ceremony.
6: Jumping the Broom
Jumping the broom was a wedding tradition that was used by slaves in the American South. Because they were were not allowed to marry and had no property of their own, slaves used the physical act of a bride and groom leaping over a broom in place of a traditional wedding ceremony.
The practice was forgotten once slavery was abolished, but recently it has come back to African-American couples to respect and remember their past.
5: Stuffing an Apron with Cash
Polish weddings are full of food and dancing. The last dance, however, is the most important. It is called the Bridal Dance.
Before the newlyweds leave the party, a female friend or family member of the bride puts on an apron while the new Mrs. briefly dances with each of the guests. However, the dance with the bride isn’t free, and each guest must put money in the apron. The father of the bride is usually the first to dance and deposit cash, and the groom is the last, but the groom’s money is more than a little money — it’s his entire wallet! After the groom drops his wallet, he carries his bride off, and the reception is officially over .
4: Smashing Dishes
German weddings often have a Polterabend, which is a party where dishes and cookery are destroyed. And yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.
Polterabends usually start with very very expensive feasts and finish with much noise as possible. Dishes are smashed, and pots are thrown. Whips are often brought out and cracked to hasten the departure of any nearby evil spirits.
The origin of the tradition is unknown. By breaking the dishes beforehand, guests are preparing the couple for the problems in the future and wish them luck .
3: Blackening the Bride
Now a tradition with a bad smell. No, really! A mixture of dairy, sausages, vegetables, eggs, fish and feathers is poured on the bride-to-be sometime before her big day.
This happy but surely unclean tradition isn’t just a ladies-only affair. Grooms are also often suffer this in which case the dirty, smelly couple are moved around the town together. Friends, family members and well-wishers follow behind and make as much noise as possible so that no one will miss seeing the pair .
2: Beating the Groom’s Feet
Most men look forward to the end of their weddings, but in South Korea, the groom has to suffer a beating before he can go away with his bride. But don’t worry too much; it’s only a beating of his feet — called a bastinado or falaka (Can You Guess The Meaning In Farsi ???)– and although it can be painful, it finishes quickly and is more funny than cruel.
The foot beating happens after the wedding ceremony. The groomsmen or family members take off the groom’s shoes and socks and use a rope to tie his feet together. They then lift his legs off the ground and take turns beating the soles of his feet with a stick, cane or fish.
Yes, a fish –. The purpose of this tradition is to test the groom’s strength and knowledge, as he’s often asked questions and quizzed during the beating. Beating the soles of a man’s feet with a dead fish probably isn’t going to make him any smarter, but it’s a fun tradition and is important in Korean wedding culture
1: Brides Wearing White
It may seem perfectly normal, but when you think about it, Western brides’ white preference is strange. Indian brides, for example, traditionally wear red saris, while brides in Africa put on a many happy colors and designs. What’s even more shocking is that not so long ago, Western brides had more color options for their wedding clothes. When Queen Victoria wore a white gown in 1840 for her marriage to Prince Albert , brides began losing their taste for color.
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