True love knows no boundaries. The same goes for wedding traditions across the globe. We have selected a few celebratory customs related to I do’s. They may seem somewhat far away from your own heritage, but seemingly disparate customs from every corner of the world do share one very romantic theme: love.
In Scandinavian countries not only is it allowed for guests to kiss the bride and groom – it’s actually expected! Every time the bride leaves the table to powder her nose, the groom is up for grabs, and all female guest line up to kiss him. The same goes for the bride, whenever the groom leaves the room.
A very French tradition intriguingly involves a chamber pot offered to the newly wed couple at the end of the wedding reception. The spouses must eat a dish in the chamber pot with the purpose of renewing their strength before the wedding night. The dish consists of leftovers of alcohol, or alternatively slices of bananas covered in melted chocolate and sprinkled with champagne.
Germans are famous for keeping their surroundings nice and tidy. Not surprisingly then, it’s tradition for German brides and grooms to clean up piles of porcelain dishes thrown on the ground by their guest to get rid of evil spirits. This team-spirited tradition teaches newly weds the art of working together and overcoming obstacles.
Very much in the spirit of Cupid, in China’s Yugur culture the groom will shoot his future bride with three bows and arrows – that are obviously without arrowheads. After the deed, the groom will collect the arrows and break them, in this manner proclaiming eternal love between himself and his better half.
Forget all about smiling on your big day if you say ‘I do’ in Congo. Congolese brides and grooms must control their excitement during the entire wedding day. From they get up in the morning, to the ceremony and the reception, the happy couple is not allowed to smile at any point. Doing so would imply that they are not taking their vows seriously.
Newlywed Russians traditionally share a wedding sweetbread called karavaya. It is richly decorated with wheat symbolising prosperity and interlocking rings for faithfulness. The spouse who manages to take the biggest bite without the use of their hands is subsequently considered the head of the family.
We cherish natural styling at OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN, but this tradition does allow much room for fine jewellery! Right before the wedding, it's customary for the Indian bride to gather her closest girlfriends, and together these women spend hours meticulously painting their skin in tattoo fashion with menhdi, paint made from henna. This elaborate skin art lasts about two weeks, regretfully making additional accessories somewhat unnecessary.