Wedding traditions Ah, tradition. Everyone has some kind of ritual or token that holds a certain amount of significance, and that is most evident in weddings. Most people have heard the saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” when it comes to outfitting a bride for her wedding. (sometimes the third thing is “broken,” rather than “borrowed,” but that’s all a matter of preference-kudos to the resourceful bridal party that combines the two!)
Countries and cultures around the world have all sorts of traditions that are intended to start a newly married couple on the road to a long, happy life together. Several of these traditions involve acts meant to symbolize overcoming obstacles as a couple, and blending two families into one. For instance, in Germany, it’s not unusual for porcelain to be smashed by guests and cleaned up by the couple. Breaking porcelain is thought to ward off evil spirits, which is probably a good idea in general.
One Indian tradition is for the groom to remove his shoes before the ceremony, at which point the bride’s family is supposed to hide them while the groom’s family searches for and eventually negotiates a safe return; it’s unlucky for the groom to leave the building without his shoes, and it’s meant to be a fun, lighthearted way for the families to mingle and set a good groundwork for the future.
Aside from destruction and theft as wedding traditions, as playfully as they are intended, there are other traditions that involve special tokens or talismans meant to bring luck, love, passion, and plenty to the bride and groom, and their families.
Mexican brides will often sew red, blue, and yellow ribbons to their undergarments to symbolize passion, money, and food. Norwegian and Welsh brides incorporate myrtle leaves into their headdresses or bouquets as a symbol of purity and love. Most traditions are lovely, and sometimes a little off beat, but perhaps the strangest tradition is found in Scotland. It’s called the Blackening, and while it sounds like a horror movie in the making, it’s really done to ward off evil spirits, so it’s not all bad, just unfortunately named.
The Blackening happens the day before the wedding, and involves dousing both `the bride and groom in all sorts of sticky, stinky, ooey-gooey foodstuffs, then parading them through the town. If a couple can survive that, they can survive just about anything! This just scratches the surface on wedding traditions.
Every culture has something unique to celebrate the big day, and it would be fascinating to see in-depth reporting on how things are different and how they are similar. For now, whatever your traditions are, Grand Event Manor can host your traditional or non-traditional wedding. Book now and let your adventure begin.