The wedding traditions you prefer at your wedding are different from the wedding traditions you will probably have, and although every culture has something symbolic, interesting and meaningful, we have to admit that there are some traditions we prefer to skip. If it is possible! Well, if you really need an idea of what to skip – here are 7 weird traditions to consider!
Wedding traditions are the most beautiful part of the wedding, and separating the beautiful and feasible from the very retro ones is a long, often tiring process, although it is done properly today, seeing them all together, done one by one. the big day is an experience worth everything.
APPLE SHOOTING AND SIEVE THROWING
The first of many unusual wedding traditions comes from my beloved hometown, Serbia, and how much I value our traditions, this is definitely what I should pass through. It is customary for the groom and his family to come to the bride’s house and “take” the bride, but before the groom is allowed to “claim” that he will soon become his wife and take him to the church where they will marry, he must demonstrate his archery skills by shooting an apple that is usually hung on the roof or chimney at the highest point of the house. When the apple is dropped, the bride can be removed from her parent’s house, but before she leaves, she grabs a flour sieve and throws it onto the roof, or at least tries.
“BLACKENING THE BRIDE” AND FEET WASHING
If you’re not a big fan of whimsical wedding traditions and are quite happy that you won’t have to throw fruit or utensils on your wedding day, you might want to skip the Scottish pre-wedding rituals as well. Scribbling the bride is definitely not a tradition you will like, and the reason for this involves covering the poor girl with almost any scented thing you might find lying around the house / barn / refrigerator. Washing the bride’s feet, on the other hand, isn’t dirty or uncomfortable, but knowing that this is a public event can give your feet a bit of stage fright.
Let me take you on a virtual trip to Germany, the home of a very unusual tradition that is to tell whether the bride and groom can use team building tips in the future. You see, there is something really important a bride and groom should do after the church ceremony, and if not kissing or throwing the bouquet, the only thing that crosses my mind is sewing old-fashioned logs! After all, nothing says “good or bad” as much as sweating together on a wedding day covered in sawdust, So if you love your groom and want to show him you’ll always be there to help, get ready. Just in front of the church entrance is a huge log (don’t forget to decorate it with tulle – it’s a wedding, after all), grab one end of the saw and start cutting! Or don’t… it’s your choice!
While the Greeks are the only Europeans who like to smash dishes for good luck, it’s time to learn that the Germans are not much different either! Wedding traditions called Polterband actually involve breaking a lot of food, and once you’ve finished the breaking items, the bride and groom become those in charge of the cleaning! The sound of the food split into a million pieces should scare off the so-called poltergeists, but even if you are sure that all the poltergeists you know are offending other people, you can feel free to include this in your wedding ceremony. Who knows, it might work even for mother-in-law! LOL!
STEAL THE SHOE
Now we’re going to India, where old wedding traditions are just as demanding, equally dynamic, and just as crazy! While the groom is busy standing at the altar (something he has to do barefoot, by the way), members of the bride’s family must find a way to steal his shoes. However, as grabbing an unprotected shoe is not fun, the groom’s family is allowed to be very creative when considering ways to protect it. If the bride’s family manages to grab the shoe, she can “resell” it to the groom at any price after the ceremony!
BAN ON BATHROOM
Be happy not to live in the city of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, eastern Malaysia, because after the wedding you cannot eat, use the toilet or leave the house for three days and three nights! Speaking of strange traditions – it’s obvious madness, and believe me, those guys aren’t kidding. The bride and groom have guardians whose job is to make sure they eat and drink enough to stay conscious but not enough to get to the toilet! Don’t worry because once all this is done you will have a nice bath and you will probably begin to appreciate your freedom much more.
The rhyme known as “if the boat shakes, don’t knock on the door” won’t do anything in France because one of the wedding traditions called Chivaree actually involves making as much noise as possible! So, while the newlyweds try to enjoy what’s left of their first wedding night, their friends and family gather in front of the house and start setting the mood by hitting the pots! Fine, huh?
Pretty drunk, huh? I will definitely not include any of these wedding traditions in my wedding! How are you? Have you ever been invited to participate in crazy wedding traditions and what did they mean?