Summary: Weddings symbolize the ceremony between husband and wife. Each culture has its own unique wedding traditions still being observed to this day.
Weddings are considered to be one of the most universal traditions of any culture from anywhere in the world. It is not surprising that there are some unusual wedding traditions that have developed and are still being practiced up to this day. Here are some unusual wedding traditions that you never knew existed.
In Japan for instance, brides are painted in white from the head down to their feet as a symbol of being a maiden. During the ceremony itself, she is asked to wear a white hood or what is called the “horn of jealousy” which symbolizes that she has decided to be an obedient wife to her husband. In Germany, families usually take plans in order to accommodate the financial requirements of the wedding. When a German girl is born, the family members plant a few trees in her honor. These trees are then sold once she has set a wedding date. The rationale being that the money from the proceeds will be used to pay for her dowry. The actual marriage ceremony in Germany is divided into three parts. On the first day, the happy couple takes their vows during a civil ceremony. The following night will be the wedding reception party. During the celebration the guests bring along old plates to break, which they believe would be a sign of bringing good luck to the couple. The third and last part occurs during the third day where there is the actual religious ceremony held. The bride has only one attendant namely the flower girl which basically walks in front of her sprinkling freshly cut flowers on the floor and then wishes the happy couple good luck.
Race to The Carpet
In Russia, if the bride and groom belong to the Orthodox Church they are actually crowned as royalty for one day. They are allowed to stand on a special carpet where they each will say their vows. Before the ceremony itself, they would need to race to the carpet. The winner of the race is declared the head of the house.
In China, weddings take a somewhat business like atmosphere. Middlemen are used to negotiate a prospective match while the parents of the bride and groom decide if there is going to be a wedding or not. Once there is an agreement between the two families, the middleman would then present gifts to the bride’s parents. Both the families would then pick the best date for the wedding depending on the bride and groom’s birth signs in order to maximize good luck.