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Best wedding traditions

27 Aug

I’ve had a little wine tonight, forgive any grammatical errors but wanted to write something fun, so here’s my fave. wedding traditions:

Most FUN: The Hora

The  Jewish wedding tradition of the  chair dance, which is said to be derived from the tradition of carrying royalty on chairs. All you need is a few strong and brave guests to lift the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the sound of the song  “Hava Nagila”.

Most ROMANTIC

bride over threshold

Groom carrying his bride

Groom to carries his new bride across the threshold.


Groom carries his new bride over the threshold of their home… surprisingly, this is a western european tradition.  I never think of traditions as starting from western europe for some reason.  The belief is that if the bride trips as she enters her new home (which I totally would…) bad luck would plague her marriage.

Most INTERESTING: Bulgarian tradition

On the wedding morning,  the groom’s family and  his friends gather at his home. His friends pour barley over him and fire rifles into the air in order to ward off evil spirits. The groom then says goodbye  to his parents and requests their blessing. Next, there is a procession to the best man’s home. The procession is joyful with dancing and singing. The groom then gives his best man wine and chicken.  The best woman and the best man then lead the way to the bride’s house where they present the bride with wine, the bridal veil, candles and baked candies.

Once the wedding party arrives, there is much excitement and the bride is locked in a room.  Only the best woman can visit her until the groom and the best man bargain to be let in.

The best woman then tries to put the bride’s veil on three times; twice the bride rejects the veil and only accepts it on the third attempt. Finally the bride and groom are led outside, each holding the end of a long woven cloth where more rituals are performs to keep evil spirits away from the couple. Then the soon-to-be bride throws a dish filled with wheat, coins and a raw egg over her head. If the dish smashes into many pieces it is considered good luck.

– derived from http://www.worldweddingtraditions.com/locations/east_europe_traditions/bulgarian_traditions.html

Most WELL KNOWN: Something borrowed, something blue; something old, something new

The saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is a popular rhyme that has been used since Victorian times.

  • Something old- the bond to the bride’s family and her old life
  • Something new- the couple’s new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success;
  • Something borrowed-  should grant similar happiness to the bride;
  • Something blue-  fidelity and constancy

STRANGEST Wedding Traditions: Number One: Beating the feet with fish (Korean)

Yellow corvina fish

This is what you were beaten with

After the wedding ceremony, friends of the groom are supposed to take off his socks, then to tie a rope around his ankles and start beating the soles of his feet with dried yellow corvina (which is a type of fish). This is believed to make the groom stronger before the first wedding night.

STRANGEST Wedding Traditions: Number Two: Blackening the Bride (Scottish)

Scottish also organize what they call “Blackening the bride”. For this tradition, the couple’s friends and family members will kidnap the bride-to-be and then pour some rather smelly substance on her.  Lovely!

SWEETEST wedding tradition: Lily of the Valley (Dutch)

On their wedding day, the Dutch couple gets together and plant a lily-of-the-valley. This flower is supposed to remind them to renew their love as the flower blooms in the spring (:

Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley flower