7 Remarkable Wedding Traditions From Around The World

Let’s all admit it, we love tradition, especially when it comes to our special day. There’s nothing better than a beautiful white dress, a four-tiered wedding cake and a horse & carriage to give us the grand entry we deserve! However, some would argue that these conventions are a bit mundane. Here are seven traditions from around the world which take things to the next level on their wedding day.

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Germany – Log Cutting

 

This tradition is a test of compatibility between the bride and groom. After the vows are said, both have to work together by sawing a thick log in half while being watched by their guests. We can all agree that this is one of the best ways to test the patience and efforts of the newlyweds!

 

India – Shoe Fight

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For a traditional Indian wedding, it’s custom for the groom to remove his shoes before entering the place of celebration. What happens next is very interesting! The families of the newlyweds challenge together and fight over the possession of the shoes. If the bride’s family steals them, it’s up to the husband’s side to pay the ransom to get them back safely.

 

Greece – Royal Wedding

 

A Greek wedding involves the bride and groom being treated like royalty for the day. Just as it sounds, they’re represented as being king and queen, wearing regal gear and crowns during the ceremony. Yes, you heard it right! After the pair has married, they walk around the altar three times to symbolise their first walk as a wedded couple.

 

USA – Flower Girls

 

Probably the most subtle tradition on this list and also the cutest! This calls for the young girls in the family to spread petals (or confetti) down the aisle for the bride to walk along. Of course, they don’t rely on the excited flower girls to keep all their important belongings. To avoid any home lockout issues, they leave their keys, money and phone in the safe hands of their bridesmaids!

 

Australia – Bowl of Union

 

Occasionally, a unity bowl is present at an Australian marriage ceremony. Wedding guests are given stones to hold during the entirety of the ceremony, then asked to place these tokens into a decorative bowl at the end. The newlyweds then keep and display this in their home as a simple reminder of the support from their family and friends, how cute!

 

Peru – Cake Charms

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In Peruvian weddings, the involvement of the single female guests is needed. Tucked tightly between the layers of cake, are charms attached to ribbons. Each woman grabs a ribbon at random and pulls it from the uncut cake. They’re all hoping for the one ribbon with the plastic wedding ring attached to the end. It’s said that whoever pulls out this ribbon, is next to tie the knot. Similar to the bouquet toss, but with a bit of spice added!

 

Italy – Confetti Galore

 

Instead of using the traditional paper confetti, an Italian style wedding uses sugary treats such as almonds, to sprinkle over the couple during the reception. This is done as a sign of approval and an act of kindness.

 

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