Are there any German brides-Looking for traditions to add to wedding

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@fuentesbee:  I’m not German, but my parents are going to a wedding in Germany in August. This is an excerpt from the invitation:

“For the traditional procession through the village all guests meet at 2 o’clock at the house of the bride’s parents”

I think that’s an adorable idea!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@fuentesbee:  I am German but not a bride yet (still in waiting)… 🙂 There are many lovely German wedding traditions. You can read about some here:

My Hunt for German Wedding Traditions, Part 1

My Hunt for German Wedding Traditions, Part 2!

My Hunt for German Wedding Traditions, Part 3

My favourite one is the “Polterabend”:

At a party on the evening before the wedding, plates and dishes are smashed for the bride and groom. This is to ward off bad spirits and symbolize that nothing will ever be broken in their relationship. Only china may be used, otherwise it would be bad luck. The bride and groom then must sweep up the mess together to show willingness and ability to work together.

One can easily incorporate this with the rehersal dinner… Smile

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Wannabee

I come from a heavily german family, my grandparents have always worn their bands on their right hands, and reciently I was told that as a married german woman I should wear the ring on the right hand as well. Left is apparently for engagement, and right is for marriage, but ive also been told that they only ever wear one ring.

I was also told that it was traditional to recieve linins, and that everyone was to help give or move items of the brides to her new home.

My mother has also stated during her wedding rehersal she and Dad were given an old china plate to break and clean up together, something having to do with whatever is broken can always be cleaned or fixed, but never replaced.

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