(Closed) Cultural wedding traditions – what are yours?

posted 5 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kgarvin01:  My Fiance and I plan to let me pin my weil to his suit’s shoulder. Since God is the head of the husband it symbolises the willingness to have the husband as your head and the head of the home (as my father WAS the head of me and our family)

Would love to see what the other Bees have planned.

Post # 5
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My fiance’s family are Swedish so we will be standing on the Swedish Marriage Rug that all the couples have stood on while we say our vows….that is, if we can get a hold of it. Apparently it’s at his estranged Aunt’s house who is, very sadly, a hoarder. So we have no idea what condition it’s in…

Post # 6
13 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I am German and we have some wired traditions. The night before the wedding – the couple, family and friends meet to have dinner and afterwards they throw dishes and pottery on the street. The broken pottery brings luck to the couple ( only white pottery and dishes are allowed to throw ).

Then on the weddingday the bride gets stolen by friends of the groom. The groom has to find here and “buy” her free (usually with beer for the friends )

The last tradition is a more fun one. During the wedding a few friends leave the reception to break into to couples house / apartment and do all kind of pranks to them. Like wrapping the bed into toilett paper and suff.

Also people like to play games at weddings.

These traditions are common in my area but I´m sure some parts of Germany dont know anything about them. 


I dont plan to include any of these trations our wedding 🙂

Post # 7
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JoolyBee:  Yay, another Swede! Do you know of any more Swedish traditions? My FH is Swedish but (bless him) he’s never been to a wedding! We’re doing the coins in each shoe, if you know about that one, but haven’t really found anymore doable ones!

Post # 8
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@swedeypie:  I am JUST now exploring Swedish wedding traditions. I am pleased to be marrying into the Scandinavian blood line. Thanks for the coin tip, we’ll have to do that! I’ve only heard of the rug so far. I was thinking that if my fiance’s aunt has ruined the wedding rug that we could look into ordering a new one. Would be a shame not to use the heirloom though…

Post # 9
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am of Irish decent and H is of Swedish/Norwegian decent.

We walked into the ceremony arm in arm, as it is a Swedish custom for brides and grooms.  How funny you both are looking into Swedish customs too!

I added an old Irish Blessing to our ceremony for the officiant to recite.  Something without the word God in it, and I found one.



I looked into getting a Kransekakke which is a Norwegian wedding cake, but our elopement package came with a cake already and I think it would be hard to find a baker for this special cake.

I would have liked some Uilleann pipes (Irish bag pipes), but again, not sure worth the $200 to get them there.


Another Swedish custom I found was for a fiddler to lead everyone to the reception place.  The fiddler goes first, the B&G follow then all the guests.  Assuming the reception is within walking distance!  Or at least as a way of filing out of whatever ceremony space you are using. 

Post # 10
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Chinese tea ceremony.

Don’t remember what it’s called in Chinese, but most people I know refer to it in English as the Gatekeeper ritual … where the groom and his groomsmen (usually male cousins or siblings) have to pass a series of tests that the bridesmaids come up with in order for the groom to see his bride.

Groom pays for a roast pig at the wedding banquet as a symbol that he agrees that his bride is a virgin

Red cloth draped over the entrance to the newlyweds’ house.

My wedding date was chosen based on auspicious dates in the Chinese calendar 🙂

Post # 11
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Well, its not a wedding tradition, but my Fiance is a Newfoundlander and since I’m not- I’m getting screeched in at the wedding.  A tradition where I have to kiss the cod, recite a a saying, wear a sou’wester, and some include eating a piece of bologna (Newfie steak).  I think we are going to pass around shots of screech or a flute of champagne to all guests who want one, so it will be a post-wedding toast as well! 

Post # 12
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m of Mexican decent so we are using the lazo and arras in our ceremony. The lazo is usually a long rosary, Fiance isn’t catholic so we will be using a decorated cord, that is placed on the shoulders of the bride and groom.  It’s ment to symbolize our commitment to each other and that we will always be side by side.

The arras are 13 gold coins that are given to the bride in the ceremony, they symbolize that the groom plans to provide well for his bride and the bride’s acceptance of the coins shows her trust and faith in his promise.

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