Wedding Traditions

July 13, 2009

For most people, their wedding day will forevermore be remembered as one of the most important days of their lives (apart from the births of their children and perhaps college graduation—“yes ma! the six figure bill was worth it…I think!”)

Because of the considerable significance of this event, different cultures have attached various special trends and traditions to this occasion. The ‘something old, something new…’ adage is always a good standby, but check out the unique ways in which other cultures celebrate the Big Day…

– At Greek weddings, it is common for guests to pin money to a bride’s dress during the reception (quite the fashion statement); they also partake in a considerable amount of dish-smashing in celebration of the joyous occasion…definitely not for the faint of heart

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

– In Fiji, the groom presents a gift to his new father-in-law, usually a whale’s tooth, which symbolizes status and wealth

– Most people are familiar with the prominence of leis in Hawaiian culture— during a wedding, the bride and groom wear them to represent love and respect

– A Filipino tradition involves the bride’s veil being pinned to the groom’s shoulder, which represents two people coming together as one (in case this seems a bit uncomfortable, many couples also opt to incorporate a unity candle into their ceremony to represent this same sentiment)

– In Estonia, there is a (presumably wildly entertaining) wedding tradition for the groom that is part bouquet toss, part pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (intriguing, huh?) In order to find out who the next groom will be (there’s no garter toss here!), the groom is blindfolded and spun around by all the single men in attendance; in a fit of dizziness, he places his top hat on a lucky guy and proclaims him the next one to be married

There are so many other fascinating wedding day customs practiced by different cultures. This is definitely a topic I’d like to explore even more in the future. Please contact me if you would like to share any special traditions that you are familiar with.

Ok, it’s a Monday. Ugh. Back to work for me.


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