Wedding cultures are not just limited with the first dance and tossing bouquets. These customs have shown that there are various ways to say “I do”. We have rounded up eight most inspiring rituals to give you some ideas of what is happening outside your backyard. So if you are specifically charmed by a certain custom, feel free to adapt it into your own wedding ceremony, even if it is off-culture.
Before a typical wedding in South Korea, the bride must participate in a traditional ceremony which she is accepted to the groom‘s family. After that, the groom‘s family will send Yemul (the gifts in return) to the bride‘s house, which usually are red and blue textile rolls for her to make the wedding dress and jewelries. Moreover, these gifts must be delivered at night with a joyful attitude.
During the Tearye (the traditional South Korean wedding ceremony), the groom and his bestmen will bring a geese, which is a symbol of love and compassion. And the couple will kneel down on an altar and take blessings from relatives and friends. After the ceremony, the groom will got a beaten in the feet by his friends, which is believed to make him stronger before the first marriage night.
In China, a bride will be taken care of by a “good-luck” woman from her house to the groom’s housein a red elaborately decorated sedan chair. Meanwhile, attendants are busy shielding the bride with parasols and tossing rice, which is the symbol of health, prosperity and rich-reproduction, at the chair. tThe groom in red traditional outfit will accompany her to the ceremony room, where they kowtow three times to worship the heaven, parents and spouse. Then the new couple would go to their bridal chamber and guests would be treated to a feast.
It is common for an Indian bride to gather her friends and family to decorate their hands and feet with elaborate design called “menhdi”, which are made from the plant dye “henna” and will last a few weeks later. The skin art is incredibly intricate and will make any jewelry unnecessary.
Another custom in India is said if the bride unluckily was born during the astrological period when Mars and Saturn were both under the seventh house, she’s cursed to bring an early death to her husband. And the curse could be broken only if she marries a tree then chops it down.
At the wedding ceremony, it is traditional for a groom to disappear during the ceremony for any possible reason, and then all unmarried young men are allowed to kiss his bride. Sweden keeps this tradition gender-neutral, so all the single ladies can steal a kiss from the handsome groom if the bride leaves the room.
The Lebannese-style wedding is called as Zaffeh, fascinating people with music, dancing and blessings. This unique ceremony is usually held at the bride’s house with a lot of friends invited. During the wedding parties which could last up to three days and include one at the groom‘s house and one bigger at the bride‘s house, the bride will perform classical Lebanese belly dancing. This symbolizes transformation of a girl in to a sensual woman, and everybody is dancing with her to share the joy. The love doves then will serve guests ghoraibi (white butter cookies) which represents the bride‘s purity. After all, the groom will take the bride down the hall, with attendants tossing rice for blessings.
Pakistan has one of the most complicated wedding ceremonies in the world. After the engagement, the bride will join in a small ceremony called Mayun. During this ritual, the girl will be secluded from anything, even her future husband, until after the wedding. When it comes to the wedding day, the bride will have her face covered and sign in a “wedding contract” with the groom, which states her rights if they divorce.
In Moon Dikhai ritual when the groom see the bride’s face for the first time since the Mayun, they both share a date and give each other gifts. But while the couple is busy gazing at one another, the groom shoes usually being stolen by the bride‘s sisters and cousins in demand of money. The pitiful groom must have to pay for his shoes safe return.
Traditionally, if a Welsh man falls in love with a woman and ready to commit to her, he would carve spoons and give them to his loved one. They are decorated with keys (to open his heart), wheels (to symbolize his dedication in the future) and beads (for how many children he hopes to have). Right before the wedding ceremony, the groom and bride will walk to the church together in a path covered with flowers, which represents the beautiful path of life they will accompany.
Something that will always fascinate you in a Japanese wedding is the outfits. Since the national colours of Japan are white and red, you will notice the white colour on the bride outfit, including makeup, kimono, and wataboshi, a silk hood worn over the bun of the bride’s hair. White denotes her maiden status; the hood hides her “horns of jealousy” she feels towards her mother-in-law.