As couples unite as one family and culture, incorporating traditions from both can create a beautiful ceremony that symbolizes both sides.
From breaking glass to throwing rice, these cultural wedding traditions can add an exciting and unforgettable touch to your big day.
Norwegian wedding traditions draw heavily upon its Viking roots. One popular practice involves having the King give his blessing during a ceremony by donning a crown onto one or both participants’ heads as proof.
A ceremony called “blending of the sands” allows newlyweds to symbolize their union as a couple by pouring different colored sand into a container and mixing it all together – it makes for a fantastic and meaningful addition to any beach or outdoor wedding ceremony.
Utilizing a wedding planner or officiant who understands your chosen cultural wedding traditions will be key in making sure they go smoothly.
Lasso or las rosary is an elegant symbol that represents the unbreakable bond between newly married couples and is widely practiced among Hispanic and Filipino families.
After exchanging their vows, a cord or large rosary known as a lasso is draped over both bride and groom shoulders (groom’s first) to form an eight shape on either shoulder – until removed by their priest at some point during the service.
Another traditional wedding ritual involves las arras matrimoniales – an ornate box filled with 13 gold coins representing Jesus and his 12 apostles – presented by their godparents or godmothers and kept in their home as a constant reminder of faith and unity.
Irish dancers are an amazing tradition to incorporate into your destination wedding celebration, providing your guests with a fun way to interact and create memories together.
Claddagh rings have long been passed down as an Irish tradition to symbolise love, friendship and devotion within marriages.
Families in Ireland commonly leave the Child of Prague statue outside their door the night before their wedding to protect against bad weather and bring sunny skies on their special day. Many believe it has the ability to bring them luck!
Mehndi parties are pre-wedding celebrations that bring family, friends, food, music, dancing and beverages together in one festive environment. Generally hosted by the bride’s side, these lavish gatherings allow their imagination to run wild!
Henna is applied to the bride-to-be’s hands and feet as part of her bridal look, often in symbolic designs like peacock feathers. Many believe that darker hues of henna strengthen relationships between future spouses as well as mother-in-laws, and serve as protection from evil spirits.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony is an integral part of Chinese culture and serves as a symbol for welcoming both families into a relationship. A couple typically serves tea to their elders in ascending order of seniority while accepting gifts of money or gold jewelry from them, and offering well wishes before serving tea to each one in turn.
Brides typically don traditional red dresses or, more modernly, cheongsams; groomswear suits with red ties; decor will typically include symbols representing Double Happiness such as Phoenixes or Dragons.
Scones & Kisses
Cultural wedding traditions can be an integral part of couples’ stories, yet choosing and incorporating the appropriate ones for your special day may prove tricky.
African American wedding traditions typically involve jumping over a broom or holding a libation ceremony – an ancient West African custom which involves pouring liquid to honor their ancestors and to pay their respects.
Other cultural wedding traditions include a sand ceremony, which acts as an alternative to the unity candle ceremony by symbolically uniting two families as one unbreakable unit.
Wedding ceremonies often contain traditions meant to bring luck and prosperity for newlyweds. From bride throwing her bouquet or men stealing kisses from groom, these practices aim to ensure both will experience luck in their new marriages.
Norway wedding guests often signal for bride and groom to kiss by clanking their silverware against wine glasses – which is believed to ward off evil spirits.
From an accordion song being performed during wedding ceremonies to refraining from smiling on your big day, these wedding traditions from around the globe will definitely capture your interest!
Fiji Whale Tooth
Tabua, made of the carved teeth of sperm whales, plays an integral part of traditional ceremonies in Fiji. Tabua are given as ceremonial gifts at betrothals, weddings, births and funerals as well as when agreements or contracts are entered into by both individuals and communities.
A couple who presents more teeth to friends and family as gifts tends to give greater gifts in return. Although this practice may seem odd to Westerners, similar exchanges were made during 19th-century whaling expeditions where whimshaw was used as currency; hence where this tradition began and still follows today although more loosely observed amongst family and friends.
Are you a bride looking to add some culture and fun to her wedding day without going overboard? Consider this Swedish tradition after exchanging vows. After saying their I Do’s guests try kissing the couple at different points throughout their reception hall until one couple finally makes it up the stairs first and gets kisses from all of them; that couple will have an abundance of luck throughout their marriage!
This unique tradition is perfect for ceremonies held outdoors and within nature, where bride and groom use different colored sand to layer in a glass container – symbolizing how two families come together as one new entity.
Welsh love spoons were once created as romantic presents by young men for their sweethearts. Each spoon would feature different symbols with distinct meaning.
Common carvings on historic love spoons include double hearts as a sign of deep affection, while others feature symbols representing Wales such as daffodils, dragons and wheels – each representative of our rich culture and heritage. This fun ritual provides great photo opps while engaging guests.