25 Sep 2020

Fascinating wedding traditions everyone needs to know about!

Fascinating wedding traditions everyone needs to know about!

 

Fascinating wedding traditions everyone needs to know about!

From wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, to the bride and groom spending the night before the wedding apart from each other - weddings are all about rituals and age-old traditions.

Apart from these popular traditions, The Diamond Library curates a treasure chest filled with fascinating wedding traditions from all over the world that you need to know about! 

 

 

The tasting of four elements

Tasting the Four Elements, or the Yorùbá ritual, comes from Africa. During the ceremony, the couple is made to taste four flavours that represent the different stages of married life: lemon for sourness, honey for sweetness, vinegar for bitterness, and cayenne for spiciness. 

By tasting the elements, the bride and groom symbolically demonstrate that they’ll stay united through the different stages of their marriage.

 

 

Jumping the broom

This tradition developed from Ghana and dates back to the 18th century. In Ghana, people used to “sweep away” any evil spirits or wrongdoings using their brooms, and it’s not uncommon to see newlyweds jumping the broom to ensure a healthy, happy married life. The brooms are handmade and kept as mementoes. 

 

 

The hair combing ceremony

This Chinese wedding tradition takes place a day before the wedding and is done in the bride’s home. This tradition symbolizes the bride’s transition into adulthood and is usually performed by the bride’s mother. 

Dragon phoenix candles are lit to perform the ceremony, and the following lines are recited: 

 

May you be together all your lives from marriage till the end.

May you have a harmonious intimate marriage until old age.

May you fill your home with children and grandchildren.

May you enjoy abundant wealth and everlasting marriage.

 

 

 

Haldi ceremony

This Indian wedding tradition is held on the morning of the wedding. In this, both sides of the families spread a mixture of oil, water, and turmeric on the skin of the bride and groom. Hindus believe that the colour yellow is auspicious and wards off the evil eye. Along with that, this mixture calms and moisturizes the couple’s skin before the big day. 

 

 

 

Smashing the plates

This German wedding tradition takes place an evening before the wedding happens. Friends and family gather at the bride’s house, have a hefty dinner, and proceed to smash porcelain! The smashing of porcelain is believed to bring good luck, and this tradition is called Polterabend. This word comes from the phrase- “noisy evening”, which is, well, justified.  

 

 

 

Whose name under the shoe? 

We’ve all seen the much-awaited bouquet toss, but are you ready for this fun tradition?

In Greek weddings, all the bridesmaids write their names on the sole of the bride’s shoe with a marker. The last name to rub off by the end of the night is said to be the next to marry. This is a fun substitute for the bouquet toss, and would definitely keep you on your toes! 

 

 

 

Breaking of the glass

A famous Jewish wedding tradition, the wedding ends with the groom crushing a wine glass under his heel. It is said to mean many things, but the main connotation of this tradition is that the breaking of the glass is seen as a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, which was the holiest place of Jewish history. 

It also reminds the couple of the fragility of a relationship, and the importance to preserve it. 

 

 

 

No smiling! (We’re serious)

A Congolese tradition, this is something that might surprise you. While most bride and grooms brim with excitement for their wedding, Congolese bride and grooms must keep it in check. Through the wedding, starting from the ceremonies, up until the reception, they’re not allowed to smile. Cracking a smile means you’re not serious about the marriage. 

 

 

 

Hold it in!

This Indonesian tradition requires the bride and groom to spend the first three days confined to their home together. Sweet, right? Well, here’s the twist. The point of this is to keep the newlyweds from using the loo, in order to strengthen their bond. Yikes, that’s a tough one!

 

 

 

The lasso

This Mexican ceremony takes place during the ceremony. As the bride and groom are exchanging their vows, the minister drapes a lasso made out of rosary beads around their shoulders, making an infinity symbol out of it. It represents the union of the couple, and the shape signifies how long their marriage will last. 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed these unique, niche traditions from around the world. If you’re embarking on this journey, we wish you the best of luck! Shop from our extensive collection of diamond jewelry today to help you make your adventure all the more special!