Where are you guys from? Any regional wedding customs?

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

    I’m from Maryland, but now live in Pennsylvania. No regional traditions that I know of…

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m from the Philippines. Money dance is one of the wedding tradition in my country but we are not doing it. My FI is Caucasian and his only request is to not have Money Dance. It’s find with me since we are not having a traditional wedding 🙂

    Post # 5
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @simplylyn17:  My SO’s family is from the PI and my family is Mexican. We both have money dances in our culture but I don’t want it and he does. I think once I talk him through having to dance with ALL my female relatives he might change his mind 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Gabthebee:  Depending on the family it can take a LOOOOONG time! I’ve been to large weddings where they went through at least 5 songs! You have to have a bridesmaid & groomsmen who can direct the next person to go cut in if you’re going to keep it moving. 

    I don’t want to do it because A) my cousins have a tendency to get “creative” with thier dollar placements (we pin them on the bride & groom), B) I don’t want to awkwardly sway & make small talk with every male guest & C) we’re having 200 guests minimum so it will take forever. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I am American but FI is Turkish and we will be getting married in Turkey… We will probably be doing a traditional gold-pinning (guests pin money or special pieces of gold that they sell in jewelry stores onto the bride or groom). And also some traditional dances, like Turkish-style line dancing and circle dancing. 

    The night before the wedding (or thereabouts) is a henna ceremony, traditionally just for the bride and female family members. The bride dresses in a gown of red and gold while the other women sing sad songs and stain her hands with henna. It is supposed to be good luck to cry at your henna night! I really hope FI’s family will do this tradition for me even though I’m not Turkish 🙂

    I love hearing about different traditions, keep them coming!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    I’m from California, but am half Czech. My FI is English. I don’t know much about English weddings, other than there are big hats, and guests pay for their own drinks (according to FI).

    There is a Czech wedding tradition that I am avoiding telling my FI b/c I’m sure it will annoy him: friends “steal” the bride at some point in the reception and take her to a nearby pub, where they all drink, until the groom finds them and pays the bill to get her back!

    He already thinks I’m going to get too drunk…

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I live in Canada, and where I am most people just have run of the mill kind of weddings. That’s not a bad thing, but there are really no specific regional customs that I know of. It depends largely on the couple and the kind of wedding they want to have, I think.

    My FH is Serbian and I think that he wants to do away with some of the customs present in a traditional Serbian wedding. I’m not really sure yet, but I really really really want to wear the crowns 🙂

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Gabthebee:  I am from Melbourne Australia. We use western traditions in our weddings so very similar to American and UK traditions.

    The only thing I think is a little different is its much more acceptable to give money for a wedding. I have been to about 4-5 weddings and they’ve always wanted money instead of gifts. Escpecially in the country, theres no big department stores where you can register, so its a lot easier to give money!

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’m from rural central Michigan. The only interesting thing about us is that cash bars are not taboo and are usually the norm. We had an open bar though, and the guests quite appreciated it 🙂

     

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m from the UK where we regularly have cash bars at weddings but do not normally wear enormous hats nowadays!

    In English culture we do not have wishing wells, dollar dances or pin money on brides.However it is customary to pay for the bridesmaids’ outfits.

    Cash bars are customary and not considered rude although guests would not expect to pay for cocktails, dinner wine and champagne for toasts.

    Bachelor and Bachelorette parties are called stag and hen parties. We do not have rehearsal dinners or bridal showers.

    We also do not find it strange to have two-tier weddings with some guests invited to the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening but some guests only invited to the evening reception.

     

    Boutonnieres are called button holes. A registry in the US is a wedding list here. 

     

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

    In Scotland most people get piped down the aisle by a Piper playing bagpipes. We also had a handfasting ceremony, which is an old celtic tradition. Oh yeah, the dinner is called the Wedding breakfast and we had ceilidh (traditional scottish country) dancing at the reception. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I am originally from Singapore, DH is originally from Romania via Belgium. We both moved to Canada as kids, and now live in Seattle WA.

    For the wedding, we had a Tea Ceremony where I got to wear my grandmother’s antique kebaya and at the reception, the groomsmen “kidnapped” the bride (me) and the DH had to “pay” a “ransom” to get me back….a dance-off in Mexican wrestling outfits (!) I think we scandalised my relatives bwuahaha!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee

    I’m from the central Canadian praries and we have a pre-wedding party called socials. It’s held at a hall generally six months(ish) before the wedding, people buy tickets, buy drinks and buy prize tickets to win donated prizes (ipads, hockey tickets, keurigs..), there is always a late lunch and the bride and groom get all the profits. EVERYONE does these. It is considered really strange not to have one.

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