(Closed) Any Croatian brides on here?

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Fallicious1012:  I’m Serbian, so obviously you’re my mortal enemy πŸ˜‰ 

Since I was born and raised in a place called Yugoslavia I think this all applies. haha 

The rosemary sprig is usually meant for all guests, not just men, and the bridal party is meant to ‘sell’ them at the bride’s house when all the guests first come there to get her. You can just have them available for guests to pin on if you don’t want to ask people to pay for them, and if your guests aren’t familiar with the custom they won’t know what to do. There’s also the ‘buying’ of the bride but I don’t if that’s just a Serbian thing (probably not)

I don’t know about songs for walking down the aisle, my whole family married at city hall/registry office so there was no aisle. It’s really typical to have a brass band (usually played by Roma/Gypsy) provide music for the day.. well really they just know when/where the weddings are and show up and expect to get paid. That might be a bit complicated/costly though. 

A lot of the traditions are also pretty region specific too! What about just asking your parents what they’ve seen at Croatian weddings but not letting on that you want to do any of that so you can still surprise them?

Post # 5
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Fallicious1012:  No problem! Haha I was just asked today if I was Croatian and when I said no they apologized like it was the worst insult in the world. I grew up in Bosnia (Banja Luka) but I spent my summers in Croatia of course! 

I am thinking of doing the rosemary as well but I am worried about guests not wanting to pin it onto their clothes, I guess if it’s optional it doesn’t matter. They’re really cheap to make, you can do a ribbon or you can do the old school way with a cocktail napkin behind it and then you just put the 2 together on the day of. 

Hopefully your friend gives you more ideas! I have been in Canada for almost 20 years so I don’t really know/remember much and most here are pretty typical. 

I think you’re good with just the regular music haha! My Fiance isn’t from that part of the world at all so I have to teach him a bit more over the next few months since we’ll do a bit of kolo to make my parents happy πŸ™‚

Post # 7
1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My Fiance is Macedonian and we are doing the buying of the bride which is crazy to me since I’m just a mutt and was raised Catholic!

But his cousin married a girl from Croatia about 2 years ago and they did a lot of cool stuff. His mom’s best friend is also from Croatia so I know a bit.

They did the rosemary but we had to pay $1 for it. And we did. I thought it was kind of cute and a way for the bride and groom to make extra money. And if I know anything about Macedonian weddings, getting money is the most important thing.

They also did the bread dance. Macedonian’s do this as well but his wife specifially told me she was doing the bread dance for her arents because apparently they made a ton of money when they got married in Croatia. They make like 3 HUGE loaves of bread and you shove money into. You do the actualy “bread dance” with the bread dance music and who ever puts money in the bread gets to dance with it in the middle.

The pig dance, which I am not sure if this is a Macedonian thing or what. But all of the groomsen and bridesmaids go in the back after they have been introduced and they get aprons and put their ties on their heads and look kind of roughed up. They come out banging pots and pans while cousins o the groom hold the cake. They dance all around the reception and people throw money at the pig. Then there are 2 or 3 groomsmen or other relatives with vodka bottles pouring vodka down other people throats.It’s so fun! But like I said, not sure if that’s just a Macedonian thing or not?

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