In this blog I am going to discuss a few different cultures and how they celebrate marriage, in two parts.
bride up and they walk to the chapel together. While the bride and groom are walking towards the chapel children fill the streets and hold white ribbons in front of the couple where both bride and groom cute the ribbons to resemble breaking through obstacles.
Multiple traditions have been created in France and one that we use quite often in the US is the traditional layered wedding cake. But one specific cake the French have at their weddings is called a croquembouche, which is a pyramid of crème filled pastry puffs covered in a caramel glaze. Sounds pretty delicious!!
It originated in the Middle Ages when guests would bring pastries or small cakes and pile them together, if the couple could kiss over the top without knocking it over they would have a lifetime of prosperity. One that I think sounds a little dangerous is the beheading of a champagne bottle, but it is a way the French celebrate special celebrations. But it still seems crazy!
And on the night of wedding the guests would interrupt the bride and groom by banging pots and pans together until they would provide them with treats and drinks. It sounds like the French have a fun time celebrating marriage!
I think that is a tradition the US should take up! Wedding invitations are not the typical invitations that Americans send out. In fact in Germany they do not send out invitations, but they have an official inviter who goes door to door to each guest. Guests accept the invitation by pinning ribbon’s to the inviter’s hat and offer him a drink. It usually takes the inviter a few days to get through the guest list. The day of the wedding the bride does not wear a veil, she wears a tiara or flowery headbands and does not have a train on her dress.
The first drink the bride and groom have together is out of a Brautbecher, a crystal cup in the form of a maiden holding a small cup above her head. The bride and groom drink out of this together to symbolize their union. During the reception the bride is kidnapped by the groomsman and they take her to a pub, the groom has to find her and then everyone joins in on the fun, at midnight the bride takes off her crown and wears a bonnet, she then is blindfolded and has to catch a bridesmaid that is dancing around her, the one who she catches first is the one who will get married next.
She then ties the bonnet to the bridesmaid she caught and that lucky lady dances with one of the grooms relatives around three lit candles, if they stay lit the marriage will be smooth. And what I find to pretty funny that everyone part takes in is they fill the bride and grooms room with balloons, they hide alarm clocks, take apart the bed, etc… Must be an exciting time to be a part of that celebration!
Everyone has seen my big fat Greek wedding, so does that mean what the movie portrays is true about Greek traditions? Well for the most part yes.
A tradition that is used here in the US is the groom asking the father for their daughters hand in marriage. A betrothal service is held and when the engagement is official and the rings are blessed by the priest. Before the betrothal service the mother of the bride spends years collecting household items for the dowry, which is presented to the couple. During the ceremony the rings that have been blessed once are blessed again.
Just in these three different cultures you can tell that many things have been carried over to the United States and we use those traditions to this day. One idea you can do for your wedding is to have it on a boat. We, meaning Boat Miami, have done a few cultural weddings on a boat. And they have actually worked. Can’t wait to learn about other wedding traditions from other cultures. Part two of the blog will contain more interesting facts of other cultures.
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