20 Wedding Traditions From Around the World

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It’s interesting how there are lots of various wedding traditions observed around the world. What’s common in one place might be unheard of in other parts of the world. Some places may have similar traditions, especially if they have been influenced by the same country or group of people.

 Here are 20 of wedding traditions from around the world:

  • Chinese

In China, they have a unique tradition that hides the bride in her mother’s home and the groom has to pass through “obstacles” (from the bridesmaids) to get his bride out. If he needs to bang on the door, he does it and thus, making a fake commotion.

  • Danish

During a Danish wedding reception, if the groom goes to the washroom, all the boys in the party rush over to kiss the bride in the cheek. Vice-versa, when the bride goes to the washroom, too, all the girls in the party rush to the groom to kiss him in the cheek as well.

  • Indian

In Indian weddings, it’s part of their tradition to decorate the bride with henna. The depth of the color of henna symbolizes the depth of the couple’s love.

  • Hungarian

In Hungary, during the wedding dance, some of the bride’s relatives and friends will try to steal her from her new husband.  The groom’s party tries to prevent it. If the action is successful, they will negotiate for a ransom, which is normally taken lightly at first. But as time passes, the groom becomes more uneasy and lenient about the ransom.

  • Pakistani

In Pakistan, the bride and groom both wear flower garlands.

  • Brazilian

It’s usual to give the wedding guests a small cake-like sweet called “bem-casado” meaning ‘well-married’, in Brazil. It apparently represents the joining together of the bride and the groom.

  • Jamaican

 The bride is taken to the street for everyone to see.

  • Japanese

In Japan, the newly-wed couple takes a sip of sake to formalize their wedding.

  • German

In Germany, the family is planning ahead for the financial expenses of their child’s wedding. If a baby girl was born, many trees will be planted. These trees will be sold in the future for their daughter’s wedding expenses.

  • Norwegian

In Norway, the bride is wearing a traditional silver or gold crown with small spoon-shaped bangles that cling when moved. They believe that the music produced from these bangles will push away evil spirits.

  • Wales

A Welsh bride carries myrtle, in her bouquet, that is a symbol of love. She, then, gives a cutting of the plant to her bridesmaids. If the bridesmaid plants the cutting in her yard and it blossom, she’s the next one to get married.

  • American

American weddings always include a garter toss. The bride’s garter will be tossed to all single men in the party. Whoever catches it, will be the one marrying soon.

  • Malaysian

At the wedding, each guest will receive an creatively decorated hard-boiled egg to signify fertility.

  • Russian

In Russia, only civil weddings are considered valid. If the couple wants to have a religious ceremony must also have a civil one.

  • Italian

Part of the Italian tradition is not to marry on a Friday or Tuesday as this will bring the couple bad luck.

  • Mexican

Mexican weddings include a part when the groom gives 13 gold coins to his bride. These symbolize Jesus Christ and His twelve disciples.

Sage and Chocolate Brown For A Wedding

I have been tasked to organize a bridal shower for a bride-to-be who’s going to have a sage-and-chocolate-brown color scheme for her wedding.

And I am excited!

Let the parade of inspiration begin!

The first item I found on Etsy was this:

Shoe Clips! Made by the talented domesticallyURBAN.

I think this would be lovely as a little present for the bride-to-be, or favors for the bridal shower attendees to enjoy.

Guest book by InvitingMoments! This one’s for the wedding, but then one can make something more suitable for a bridal shower.

Perhaps, as a decor in the party? Or additional props for the photo booth? HarperJanssen’s pillow will surely be useful somewhere there.

A shabby chic bubble burlap wreath would be perfect at the door, welcoming the guests and delighting the bride.

Wishing The Newlyweds Well

Some of the things one can expect at weddings are gifts. Many guests often bring gifts to the newlyweds to help them as they start their life together. These gifts can be in the form of kitchen wares, dining wares, bed linens, towels…the list goes on. Some guests, who may be too busy to shop or are not sure what to buy, often decide to give monetary gifts. While other gifts can safely occupy an assigned gift table at the reception, the latter has to be provided with a special, more secure container. Quite often, it is a wedding wishing well.

The original wishing well concept is something that has existed for ages. This is a popular concept present in many folk lore or fairy tales. Either as superstition or simply for fun, it is traditionally believed that a wish mentioned at the wishing well, especially when a coin is dropped into it, can come true. Just like the wishing wells of the olden days, the wedding wishing well is also a way for guests to extend their wishes for prosperity and good luck to the newlyweds.

In the modern times, the wishing well has been adapted in weddings and many other occasions where monetary gifts, checks, and cards are expected. It’s not exactly like the stone-walled well that Snow White sang her wish to. It’s often wooden, portable and as lightweight as possible, so it can be brought to the venue for the wedding reception and can easily be transported to the newlyweds’ or their families’ home after the event.

The wishing well comes in handy especially when the couple prefer cash gifts than in kind. It may be because they have already established a home, already have many of the household items necessary in building a home, they are saving for a house, or planning to move abroad after the wedding, among many other reasons. Usually, when this is the case, the couple would let their guests know through sending a wishing well poem or by word of mouth, as the guests inquire of their gift preferences.


Many samples of wishing well poems can be found online. You can just easily pick which one very closely describes your situation. Here are some of the popular samples:

Sample # 1:

Soon you will hear our wedding bell,
As Friends and family wish us well.
Our household thoughts are not brand new,
We have twice the things we need for two.
Since we have our share of dishes and bedding,
We’re having instead a wishing well wedding.
But more important we ask of you,
your prayers of love and blessings too!

Sample # 2:

To save you looking, shopping or buying.
Here is an idea, we hope you like trying.
Come to our wedding, to wish us both well.
And bring this small sack, to throw in our wishing well.
Fill it with paper all colors will do, gold is our favorite but silver will do.
Now that we have saved you, all of that fuss.
We hope you will come, and celebrate with us.

Sample # 3:

More than just kisses so far we’ve shared,
Our home has been made with Love and Care,
Most things we need we’ve already got,
And in our home we can’t fit a lot!
A wishing well we thought would be great,
(But only if you wish to participate),
A gift of money is placed in the well,
Then make a wish …. but shhh don’t tell!
Once we’ve replaced the old with the new,
We can look back and say it was thanks to you!
And in return for your kindness, we’re sure
That one day soon you will get what you wished for.

Sample # 4:

To support us on our special day you may wish
to follow with tradition and bring a gift.
Or alternatively you may like to help us
make our honeymoon a little more special.
For this reason we have chosen a wedding wishing well.
The wishing well will be at the reception
where we can receive your best wishes and contribution.

Sample # 5:

This wishing well is here today for family and friends. Take an
envelope, make a wish and please drop it in. As it falls into the
well your wish, for the couple, will come true. A token for the
couple, to help them begin, will be welcomed, too. Please take the
time to make a wish before the day is through.

Sample # 6:

If you were thinking of giving a gift, to help us on our way.
A gift of cash towards our house, would really make our day.
However, if you prefer to purchase a gift,
feel free to surprise us in your own way.

A word of caution though: Though this practice has become more popular in the recent years, there is still a division of opinions regarding the wishing well concept. While many has accepted this trend, there are also many who feel offended with this idea. This is due to the various cultures and beliefs present in the world, therefore the best factor that can help you decide whether to have a wishing well or not is simply to examine the culture of those who will be present at your wedding. If you belong to a culture wherein cash gifts and wishing wells have been embraced (such as most parts of Australia and Asia), then go ahead and have this feature at your wedding. But if your guests belong to a culture who think wedding wishing wells are offensive or tacky (such as most parts of the western hemisphere), then you might have to really think twice before hiring a wishing well to have at your wedding.

Fun Ways To Label Your Guest Tables

A good host makes a party well organized and fun. In wedding receptions, labeling your guest tables will give the guests an impression that you are having a well organized celebration and that you cared enough to give your tables a special personal touch. Adding a little twist to how your table labels look like will tell your guests that you want to have fun and encourage them as well to enjoy the event.

Guest table labels do not have to be the typical, plain numbers starting from 1 to 10 or so. Instead of numbers, you can have letters. Or, as many couples have now embraced, you can name your tables based on whatever theme you wish. They do not have to be so plain either. You can design them to be cute or impressive or just to make your guests smile the moment they see it.

From various spots online, here are some of the not so ordinary wedding table labels to inspire you.

(from Oh So Beautiful Paper)

(from MadeForYouJustByMe’s etsy store)

(from KFcollection’s etsy store)

(from Brooklyn Bride)

(from ontheflydesigns’s etsy store)

(from cuddlecreature’s etsy store)

(from ArtfulCelebrations’s etsy store)

(from HollyAndIvyDesigns’s etsy store)

(from PaperEclectiques’s etsy store)