What are some interesting wedding traditions?

June 28, 2013 | By

Question by Anonymous: What are some interesting wedding traditions?
I'd like some wedding ideas from various cultures and traditions, such as a lighting of a candle to represent passion and love, etc.

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Answer by cjsmummy
mine and my fiances heritage is Scottish (he's a Scotsman and i have it from my mum).there is one tradition that we are following - Second Night.basically,this is another night of celebrating

others include:

~ In Aberdeenshire even now the 'blackening' is a ritual performed with great relish. The engaged couple are captured one night by so called 'friends' and covered with foul substances such as treacle, feathers, soot etc and then paraded around the village and usually the pubs. It takes days to wash clean!

~ The bride, when she leaves home for the last time as a single girl, should step out of the house with her right foot for luck

~ A tub of water was placed in the best room, in which the bride placed her feet, her female friends then gathered around to help wash them. A wedding ring from a happily married woman was previously placed in the tub and it was believed that whoever found the ring would be the next to get married.The men folk were outside the door making jokes and attempting to watch through the doorway. The bridegroom was then seized by the women and made to sit at the tub. His legs were none too gently daubed with soot, ashes and cinders - quite a painful procedure!

~ A large basket or ‘creel’, was filled with stones and tied to the bridegroom’s back. He then had to carry it around the entire town unless his bride agreed to kiss him. Only if she did, would his friends allow him to escape from the ‘creeling’ otherwise he had to continue until he had completed the circuit of the town.

~ In the eighteenth century the custom of handfasting was observed. A couple would live together for a year and a day, at which time they could decide whether to part or make a lifelong commitment. It was considered more important for the bride to be experienced and fertile than to be a virgin.

~ a silver coin in the right shoe.in some places,it is a sprig of heather hidden in the bouquet - it is meant for luck and prosperity

~ Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

old - a connection to the brides past
new - to represent her new life and her hopes and dreams
borrowed - usually from an older,happily married woman,it bestows good luck on the new marriage
blue - symbolises purity,loyalty and spirituality
silver coin - brings prosperity

~ the wedidng cake - was a symbol of fertility,now it signifies how well the bride and groom work together

a lot of the symbols in a wedding are connected to wealth and fertility - the bouquet,the flower girl etc

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  1. Jenny Lynne

    The only thing I can add to the other answer is this from the old traditional saying:
    Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe. (Which was a silver coin worth about 6 pennies).

  2. planner

    there are lots of interesting wedding traditions from various cultures and religions. here a few of them.

    the lasso…is a spanish or hispanic tradition where the couple is tied with a ribbon or satin rope during the ceremony.

    the 13 coins…another hispanic tradition where the groom gives the bride 13 coins which he first give to the priest to bless and then gives them to his bride during the ceremony

    the breaking of the glass…a jewish tradition where the groom smashes a glass which is in a velvet bag, the number of broken shards is supposed to signify the happiness and prosperity of the marriage.

    dancing around with the bride and groom held up in chairs…another jewish tradition where the bride and groom each sit in a chair and the strong men lift them up and dance with them on their shoulders.

    jumping the broom….and native african tradition where the bride and groom jump over a decorated broom which is held up by the members of the wedding party. not too high though or could make them fall.

    hand fasting…a celtic or irish tradition where the couple’s hands are tied together during the ceremony

    tea ceremony…this is an asian custom where the bride very ceremoniously pours and serves tea to the in-laws and to her parents and to any living grandparents. done at the reception

    henna ceremony….this is done for indian and pakistani brides. their hands are painted with very lovely and elaborate designs using henna dyes. it is normally done instead of a western bachelorette party by the wedding attendants and female relatives.

    the garland and milk ceremony….this is also in hindu weddings of india or pakistan. the bride and groom exchange flower garlands around their necks three times and then give each other a banana and milk drink.

  3. Perse

    I thought this was done pretty much everywhere, but I learned recently that the signing of the marriage license during the ceremony isn’t an American custom. We do it here in Ontario, Canada and I believe it’s done in the UK too? It just makes sense to me, it is one of the components that makes your marriage legal and so I think it should be part of the ceremony. It seals the deal. To hold it off until afterwards seems so lacklustre, when the ceremony ends you’re not even officially married yet! You then can’t be announced as husband and wife until later, at the reception.

    It’s a bit of a tradition in the small town where I’m from that the bride and groom hold a bit of a casual after party for just their nearest and dearest friends. It’s just simple and mostly spur of the moment, but kind of expected. Being a small town, most people move away for work and school so it’s a nice reunion where old friends can catch up and reminisce. You don’t really get that chance at the reception which seems to be more about family than your friends. Plus, remove your family and it’s a totally different environment where you can really kick back.

  4. Kelly

    I had a lebanese zaffa dance at my reception, this was our “entrance” to the venue, but in Arab countries this is their wedding march. It is a musical procession of bendir, drums, bagpipes, horns, belly dancers and men carrying large staffs or flaming swords. This announces that the marriage is about to begin. This is an ancient tradition.


    The Zaffe group we used did everything in English since I’m an American (so my guests would understand).

    I’m not Lebanese but my husband is.

    I was forever learning the dances. My husband and his brother spent many hours teaching me.

    Nobody will forget my wedding..lol