By Sharanya Manola Last Updated:
Trendy attires, sangeet, mehendi ki raat, drinking and dancing a couple of days in a row certainly makes Indian weddings world famous, but there are wedding traditions in other cultures, which many of you might want at your wedding since they are super-fun.
We have compiled a list of such traditions from lands far, far away so that you know there is a lot going on beyond our country borders. Feel free to include them in your wedding functions and make them even more enjoyable.
This one is definitely fun although we are not sure if we Indians will actually want to buy a dance with the bride. So, as the tradition goes, guests are invited to dance with the bride at the reception, but not without first paying. Whatever money is collected goes towards the newlywed’s honeymoon fund.
Unlike the traditional wedding cards where it says ‘the honour of your presence’, Jewish people invite their guests to ‘dance at’ their ceremony! Totally cool we say!
White and delicate cakes are definitely passé. In Caribbean countries, the wedding guests are served a dark cake rich in fruits and rums very much like a Christmas cake. Talk about getting a little high without drinks, eh!
The brides slip a gold coin from her mother in her right shoe and a silver coin from her father in her left show. This is symbolic of the fact that she may be leaving them behind, but symbolically never without them. Adorable isn’t it?
This one is another favourite of ours! The bride is kidnapped by friends or family or mock-kidnappers aka entertainers to an undisclosed location. The groom has to rescue his bride by paying a ransom in form of drinks or doing something mushy and romantic like singing a song or dancing before the guests. After all, there is a price to pay for everything whether in kind or cash!
If you don’t like to go the conventional way of getting engaged by exchanging expensive rings then this Welsh tradition is for you. According to this tradition, a man carves a spoon out of wood and if the love of his life wears it, they are considered engaged. Also, a Welsh bride on her wedding day carries myrtle, herb in her bouquet and gives a cutting to her bridesmaids. If they plant it and it blooms in their backyard, they will be the next ones to get married.
The parents of both the bride and the groom bring fire from their respective homes. Symbolically the flames are coming from their childhood homes. The newlywed together use the flames to ignite their hearth in the new home.
According to this Japanese tradition, the bride and the groom take three sips from sake cups which is repeated by their parents symbolising the bonding of the family.
Soon after the wedding, the couples are given a task of sawing a log in half in front of the guests. This act is apparently symbolic of how the two are going to work their way out of troubles together in testing times.
Newly married Russian couples are asked to take the biggest bite of karavaya, a wedding sweetbread. Whoever does so without using the hands is considered the head of the family. Quite similar to the three-rounds of find the ring in the bowl of milk that happens in Indian households after the wedding.
What do you think guys? Don’t you think these are as fascinating as fun? Are you going to borrow all or a handful of these traditions for your wedding? Tell us because we are yet to feature a few weddings that have dared to be different, at least when we talk about a mash-up of wedding traditions.