(Closed) What traditions do you have planned for your wedding for your nationality?

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Italian- cookie table

Polish- Polkas and dollar dance

Irish- Open Bar Wink

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m Canadian for a few generations back, so we have no ties to elsewhere. But my fiancé is Asian and I have heard of a tea ceremony, so maybe that (he won’t care, but his parents might like it).

Post # 5
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m American, but my husband is Indian, so we incorporated the “Seven Steps” Hindu wedding ritual into our wedding. It was really beautiful and his family really appreciated it.

Post # 6
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m German and not a huge fan of the ceremony traditions which are mostly carrying extra things down the aisle BUT a while ago I came across this:

“Have the groom kneel on the bride’s dress during the wedding ceremony to let everyone know that he’s the boss. Of course, the bride usually steps lightly on the groom’s shoe once they stand up to declare that was just wishful thinking on the groom’s part.”

We may do that just because I love for him to know I’m actually the boss even though he thinks he is. lol

Post # 7
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

An Irish blessing during the ceremony (“may the wind always be at your back…”), and from the Lebanese side I’ll be carrying a rosary I bought in Lebanon, will have a Khalil Gibran poem in our program, and we’ll do a traditional dance (dabke) to a Lebanese song during the reception. Those are my just backgrounds — from FI’s side we’ll have many traditional elements of a Jewish wedding, some of which I think can fit under the cultural rubric – chuppa, breaking of the glass, the hora.

Post # 8
23636 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

The only thing I gave my mother in terms of Chinese traditions was the red reception chi pao dress:

Post # 9
4322 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Italian wedding knot cookies!

Post # 10
4 posts

A dutch tradition is that the groom picks the bride up from her parents house on the way to the church.

Post # 11
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I want to start a tratdition in my family but don’t know any!  I’m mostly German, largely Norwegian, and he’s largely Norwegian and partly Irishl….. suggestions?

Post # 12
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My family really wanted Fiance to get me from their house and go to the ceremony from there, I refused because of the dowry traditions that go along with it. 

I would LOVE to have a brass band follow us around after the ceremony but it’s not in the budget & doesn’t work with our timeline of the day.

We’ll be doing some Serbian and Mauritian dances. We’ll be handing out rosemary to our guests to be pinned on!

My dad really wants a roast pig but thankfully the chef shot that down.

Post # 13
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m Chinese and planning to do tea ceremony and wear a qi pao (red dress).  My fiance is all about the qi pao, so he’s insisting even though I’m indifferent lol.  I’m very ‘westernized’ but I do think it’s important to keep some traditions especially since we’re having a very typical american style wedding.  My fiance is half-japanese, half italian and I don’t think his family has any wedding traditions 🙁 We are doing a candy bar/dessert table so maybe we’ll include some italian desserts.  I would love love to wear a kimono but they take forever to put on, not to mention expensive!

I love the bag pipes idea!  I’ve always been a fan of the Jewish traditions such as breaking the glass and the chair lift, but I think all traditions are so fun to witness as a guest 🙂

Post # 14
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Eight6Eleven:  same.

my FI’s parents immigrated from Ireland as newlyweds. So yeah, open bar.

Post # 15
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

the tarantella is about as traditional as im getting lol

Post # 16
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Im Polish so my dad is doing a Polish blessing at some point in the reception, just need to figure out when the best time for it would be!

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