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10 Weird Wedding Traditions

26. October 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Most women look forward to their wedding day. While some prefer a small, intimate ceremony, others plan a giant, extravagant gala. Various traditions are practiced as well, depending on a couple’s religion or culture.

 

Every country typically holds certain marriage mores such as luckiest days to wed, giving gifts, and ways for wedding processions. Here are some of the more interesting traditions.

 

EGYPT

Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck. The bride's family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the newlywed couple can relax.

 

ENGLAND

The English believe that a spider found in the wedding dress brings good luck. Wednesday is believed to be the best day to marry; Monday is for wealth and Tuesday for health. Saturday is the unluckiest day to marry.

 

FIJI

The groom ceremoniously presents the bride's father with a tabua, whale tooth, as a symbol of status and wealth.

 

FINLAND

The bride-to-be goes door-to-door to receive her gifts in a pillow case. She is accompanied by an elderly married man, carrying an umbrella for shelter, and is given a drink at each door.

 

GREECE

The Greek bride tucks a sugar cube in her glove to "sweeten the union".

 

IRELAND

December 31 is considered the luckiest day for weddings in Ireland.

 

ITALY

The groom's tie is cut into pieces and sold to the guests at the reception. The money earned is used for the honeymoon.

 

NORTH KOREA

Ducks, which mate for life, are a part of the wedding procession. Years ago, the groom would travel to the bride’s house on a white pony. The pony would carry a gray goose and gander as a symbol of his fidelity.

 

MALAYSIA

The groom has gifts delivered to his bride's home by costumed children. The procession is noisy and exuberant. They carry lavish trays of food and currency. The paper money is folded into animal or flower shapes. Traditionally, each wedding guest is given a beautifully decorated hard-boiled egg, a symbol of fertility.

 

SWEDEN

A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure she never has to go without. Brides carry fragrant herb bouquets to frighten away trolls and grooms have thyme sewn into their wedding suit.

 

Source: WeddingCongress.com