In the modern Western Culture where our wedding ceremonies are anything goes, we are on a search for unique and exciting wedding ideas to add flavor to the occasion. Add a little fun to the nuptials with some of these interesting wedding traditions and wedding ideas from around the world.
Armenian Traditions and Wedding Ideas
Borrow some superstitious wedding ideas from the Armenian culture, and keep evil spirits away by balancing flatbread on your shoulders. The way this old tradition goes, the bride and groom are given lavash and honey at the groom’s mother’s house. They balance the bread on their shoulders and indulge in spoonfuls of honey. This can be easily incorporated into the reception as a main event to add to the festivities.
Chinese Traditions and Wedding Ideas
These Chinese wedding ideas involve a little fun. In China, the bride is carried on an elaborately decorated sedan chair to the groom’s home. Rice is often tossed at the bride during the travel for prosperity. A sedan chair ride can easily occur indoors at the wedding reception by having the guests carry the bride around on the dance floor with a small sedan chair.
Norwegian Traditions and Wedding Ideas
All of your guests and the wedding party will fall in love with these Norwegian wedding ideas. This tradition requires you serve a kransekake, a specially made cake with a surprise inside. This specialty cake is made from iced almond cake rings that are stacked in the shape of a towering cone. A bottle of champagne is placed in the hollow center of the cone.
Another Norwegian tradition requires the bride wear a silver and gold crown embellished with dangling charms. The idea behind this wedding tradition is that the sound of the jingling charms will ward off evil spirits.
Russian Traditions and Wedding Ideas
Bring your sweet tooth for these wedding ideas. Russian couples share karavay, a sweetbread decorated with interlocking rings and wheat. The couple will engage in a competition over who can take the biggest bite. The winner wins the title of head of the family.
Philippine Traditions and Wedding Ideas
Ever wonder where the idea of releasing a pair of white doves originated? Wonder no more. The Philippines are responsible for some romantic wedding ideas that have made it into Western Culture. To represent harmony, a pair of white doves are released into the sky. This event is commonly incorporated into the wedding exit.
Welsh Traditions and Wedding Ideas
These Welsh wedding ideas add some love to the bouquet. This tradition involves adding myrtle to the bridal bouquet. Myrtle is a symbol of love. If the bridesmaid that catches the bouquet plants the myrtle and it blooms, she will become the next bride to be.
Peruvian Traditions and Wedding Ideas
Peruvian wedding ideas create a little reception fun. Wedding cakes are put together with charms tied to ribbons. The charms are hidden inside of the cake, and only the ribbon extends outward. One ribbon has a fake wedding ring attached to the other end. All the single ladies in attendance take turns pulling the ribbons out, one by one, to reveal the charm at the other end. One lucky lady will pull the ring, symbolizing that she will be the next bride.
African Traditions and Wedding Ideas
The region that is now Ghana was known for locally made brooms among eighteenth-century European traders. Brooms symbolized sweeping away evil spirits, and became part of wedding ceremonies as a way to bless the couple. An Asante wedding involved waving brooms over the couple. This custom found its way into African American ceremonies as a symbol of commitment. It became a common practice and a general reference to marriage to “jump over the broomstick.” Adding these wedding ideas to your ceremony can be a way to symbolize jumping into a new life with commitment to your partner.
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