Every country has its own traditions when it comes to getting married
Each culture has its own ways of making someone’s wedding day extra special. Here’s a few wedding traditions from around the world that go beyond the white dress or the old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something new.”
In modern China, brides pick not one single dress, but three. The most important is a red frock, because red is a lucky colour in Chinese culture. Next, the bride swaps to a white dress similar to the ones we have in Europe. Finally, the bride walks out of the reception to change into the third dress, usually a cocktail dress.
Before an Indian bride gets married, her hands get decorated with elaborate designs made from the plant dye henna, which take hours to apply and last a few weeks.
A number of cultures, from Celts to Gypsies, do the broom-jumping, a tradition rooted in the days of slavery when marriage between enslaved men and women wasn’t legally sanctioned and enslaved men and women would declare their love by jumping over a broom.
Royal weddings in the UK have young girls as bridesmaids rather than contemporaries. For instance, Diana had five bridesmaids and the youngest one was 5 years old. The oldest was 17.
In Peru, charms attached to ribbons are tucked between the layers of the wedding cake. Just before the cake is cut, each woman grabs a ribbon and pulls. At the end of a ribbon is a fake wedding ring and the person who gets the ring is said to be next in line for marriage.
Finally, Russian grooms really have to work hard for their brides. Before the wedding, grooms show up at the bride’s home and asks for his beloved.
Wedding traditions differ from culture to culture. However, they all share one thing in common... Love!
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