(Closed) Polish Wedding Tradtions

posted 7 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
285 posts
Helper bee

I am Polish, but do not embrace it as much as FI’s side. I don’t remember what it is called, but at the reception his parents will bring out a tray with bread and salt. The sharing of the bread and salt is an old Polish tradition. His parents will greet us with it.

With the bread, the parents are hoping that the children will never be hungry or in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life’s struggles. Then they can also bring out a goblet of win, which with so they will hope that the couple will never thirst and wish they have a life of good health, and good cheer and share the company of many good friends.

We will not be having the goblet of wine though. instead, with the bread they will bring out two shots. One filled with vodka, the other with water. (this way you can’t determine which one is the alcohol) You each pick, without smelling. At the same time you take the shot. The one who had the vodka will then be deemed “head of the household” for the entire marriage.

We will also be having some traditional Polish dancing. And then the day after the wedding, we will have Poprawiny (Po-prah-‘vee-nyh) at his parents. It is just a big after wedding party any anyone can show up. So the wedding celebration will actually be 3 days for us. 

Hope that all helps!

Post # 4
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i believe mrs. avocado married a polish man? she had a post on how her dh’s parents dropped pennies over their heads as they exited the ceremony, then they had to pick all of them up.

i think mrs. knitting did a post on polish traditions too!

Post # 6
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve been to several Polish-American weddings, and don’t recall anything sort of tradition (like jumping the broom) at the ceremony.  

The receptions are a blast though!


My friend did a dollar dance (which you can do for a well-wish on a slip of paper instead of money) to polkas, and it was so much fun.  I danced with the bride and the groom.

They also did a thing all the guests surrounded the bride, and the groom had to wrestle his way into the middle of the circle to her before they left at the end of the night, I guess to show that he was earnest for her.  The symbolism might be a bit strange, but it was a lot of fun and involved everyone.

Post # 7
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yeah there definitely needs to be a polka in there!!

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