There’s nothing more special than a luxury wedding abroad. It is a universal celebration of two people coming together and declaring their love for one another. Although the purpose behind a wedding is the same across the globe, it is the traditions that differ. If you plan on having a luxury wedding abroad, you might be curious about the traditions in other countries. According to theory, each of the following traditions is supposed to help you experience eternal joy.
1. Shooting the Bride (China)
The groom has to use a bow and arrow to shoot his future bride in Yugur culture in China. He has to shoot the arrows three times and break them to ensure eternal love. It is a tradition that continues to be practiced to this day. So, if you want to do something unique, it might be worth considering. However, you should consider other traditions if your eyesight isn’t the best.
2. Fat Farms (Mauritania)
Women are expected to be heavy when they marry in Mauritania as men tend to prefer a bulkier partner in this part of the world. It is quite common for girls to be sent to a fat farm once they turn 5. They have to gain some pounds to ensure that they are ready for the wedding. In fact, the fatter the bride the better as overlapping thighs, stretch marks, and stomach rolls indicate wealth.
3. Blackening of the Bride (Scotland)
Friends of Scottish brides take them by surprise before the big day and pelt all types of rubbish onto them such as feathers, tar, spoiled food, dead fish, and curdled milk. Then, she is tied to a tree after which the bride has to enjoy a night of booze. The reason why the tradition is honored is that the treatment prepares women for marriage and encourages them to handle just about anything that comes their way.
4. Marrying a Tree (India)
Speaking of trees, women are married to a tree in certain parts of India. The tradition is practiced if the bride happens to be born in an astrological combination, with Saturn and Mars in the 7th house, and needs to be cured of the prominent “curse”. Otherwise, they are thought to cause the early death of their husband. Therefore, the only way to break the curse is by marrying a tree and having it cut down after the rituals have been performed.
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5. Beating the Groom’s Feet (Korea)
According to Korean tradition, the groom needs to have his feet beaten using a cane or fish before the night of his wedding. It is practiced to test the character and strength of the man. It’s definitely one of the most unique wedding traditions in the world.
6. Drinking from the Toilet (France)
Although the practice has been replaced by champagne and chocolate, French tradition dictates that newlyweds have to drink wedding leftovers out of the toilet bowl. The idea behind the practice is that both the bride and groom need to be strengthened. So, you might want to skip out on this one unless you prefer something nasty.
7. Brides Wear a Crown (Norway)
Norwegians believe that brides should wear a crown to keep evil spirits at bay. It is quite common for Norwegian brides to wear an ornate gold or silver crown with some charms dangling. Every time she moves, the sound of these charms is expected to deflect the evil spirits and ensure prosperity.
8. Wedding Lasso (Mexico)
To represent eternal love, the wedding lasso is a tradition steeped in Mexican culture. The couple is expected to have a lasso made of flowers and rosary beads draped around the shoulders to represent the figure “8” during the wedding ceremony. The reason behind the practice is that the lasso symbolizes the infinity sign which ensures that the marriage lasts forever.
9. Balanced Bread (Armenia)
Armenians are just as superstitious as many other countries in the world. In order to keep evil spirits away from the marriage, flatbread has to be balanced by the couple on their shoulders. In addition to this, the bride and groom also have to break a plate at the groom’s house for good luck. The groom’s mother also offers honey to the couple. As the couple balances bread to ward off evil, they get to eat honey to ensure happiness. Then, everybody parties to celebrate the special moment.
10. No Smiling Throughout the Wedding Day (Congo)
Unlike other soon-to-be newlyweds across the world, Congolese couples need to ensure that they are not bursting with excitement and happiness as it is considered bad luck to smile on the wedding day. This means that both the bride and groom have to avoid smiling, from the ceremony all the way to the reception. In fact, couples who smile are thought to take marriage lightly.
11. Presenting of a Whale’s Tooth (Fiji)
Another unique wedding tradition that is observed is the presentation of a whale’s tooth in Fiji. In order for a man to get approval to marry a woman in Fiji, he has to present her father with a whale’s tooth. It is only after this gesture that the father would even consider giving his daughter away in marriage.
12. Shaving the Groom (Greece)
Things get a bit crazy in Greece. The groom’s best man is supposed to become his barber and use a razor to shave his buddy’s face. There is also a sweet side to the tradition as his mother-in-law feeds him some almonds and honey after he has been freshly shaved. It is a practice that allows more people to get involved in the fun.
13. Breaking a Bell (Guatemala)
The groom’s parents are expected to smash things at the wedding reception in Guatemala. It is quite common for the groom’s mother to break a ceramic bell that has been filled with flour and rice once the newlyweds arrive. The belief behind the tradition is that breaking a bell can help bring prosperity to the couple and ensure that they have a happy marriage.
14. Wearing a White Tsunokakushi (Japan)
In Japan, the bride has to wear a white Tsunokakushi as it is a Shinto marriage tradition. She has to be dressed in white, from head to toe. The reason why white is important is that it symbolizes the bride’s maiden status. As for the hood, it signifies the horns of jealousy towards the mother-in-law.
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15. Music and Dancing before the Wedding Ceremony (Lebanon)
The wedding celebration in Lebanon starts with lots of belly dancing, shouting, and music. Everyone gets together to mark the occasion including family, friends, and colleagues. In fact, professional musicians and dancers are even hired to perform. As the event progresses, everyone heads to the bride’s house where flower petals are showered on the couple just before the main ceremony.
16. Placing a Baby on the Newlywed’s Bed (Czech Republic)
Before the bride and groom can tie their knot in the Czech Republic, a baby is placed on their bed. The practice is thought to enhance fertility and bless the couple. As soon as the wedding ceremony is complete, everyone showers the couple with lentils, peas, or rice to promote fertility.
17. Karavay (Russia)
Russian couples have to participate in the sweet tradition of Karavay. It involves the sharing of a wedding sweetbread known as Karavay. It is decorated with interlocking rings and wheat to ensure faithfulness and prosperity. The person who takes the biggest bite (i.e. wife or husband) is thought to become the head of the household.
18. The Money Dance (Cuba)
Every Cuban man who gets to dance with the bride has to pin money on her dress. The purpose behind the tradition is to help pay for the wedding and cover the expenses incurred by the couple for their honeymoon. If you want your friends and family members to show their support, you could incorporate this tradition into your destination wedding.
19. Releasing White Doves (The Philippines)
Once the bride and groom have tied the knot in the Philippines, they have to release a male and a female dove into the air to ensure a harmonious life. The pair of white doves signify new beginnings and are thought to bless the marriage.
20. The Wedding Entrance Dance (Niger)
Niger takes things to the next level with a camel dance. Chances are that you might have heard of the chicken dance. The West African nation has plenty of deserts. So, a camel dance is performed at the reception to start things with the right rhythm. Wedding guests get to watch the humpback animal perform while tuning in to the drumbeat.
After you have gone through our post, you will know about the most unique wedding traditions across the world. For the perfect destination, you should consider using our service. Dyana Dessars’ Luxury Weddings & Events specializes in luxury weddings abroad, as well as Jewish weddings, Indian weddings, and more. So, if you want a wedding to remember, we are your best option.