The African Marriage
Jumping the Broom: During the period of slavery this country, African American couples were not allowed to legally marry. As a public statement of their love and commitment, with drums beating in the background, a man and woman jumped over a broom "into matrimony." The broom has long held significant meaning for many Africans because it symbolizes the start of homemaking for the newlywed couple.
The Armenian Wedding
The Crowning is the climax of wedding ceremonies. The crowns are the sign of the glory and honor with which God crowns them during the Sacrament. The groom and the bride are crowned as the king and the queen of their own little kingdom, the home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity. The rite of crowning is followed by the blessing of the Common Cup when a goblet of wine is blessed in remembrance of the marriage at Cana of Galilee which was blessed by Christ's presence.
The Arabian Wedding
Before marriage, Bride was Decorated with the Henna. Beautiful patterns were drawn on the hands and feet of the girl. Often, the girl was half the age of her husband if she happens to be the fourth wife. In the Arabian societies, women were generally kept in a veil which separates them from the men folk. They usually stay at harems.
The Chinese Wedding
Bath in Water Containing the Grape Water and Perfumes Hair is done in beautiful style by a good luck woman. A good luck woman is that who is married and is having children. Then she is carried on to the main hall by the lucky woman on her back. Then she bowed before her parents to seek their blessings. Groom is dressed in a long red gown, red shoes and a red silk sash over his shoulder; he bowed in front of his parents. Crackers are Burnt and drums are played to ward off the evil spirits. Groom takes meals with the girl's family home. Then bride is carried at a sedan chair to the groom's house
The Egyptian Wedding
"The Henna Night" was the night before the wedding day, At the Bride's House the women danced and sang all night while the bride wore a pink dress made with silk or cotton fibers, and her hands and feet were bleached with henna. At the Groom's House the men danced and sang all night, and the groom wore an expensive clean suit. The next day, the marriage contract was signed and registered by priest in the temple in the attendance of the couple and most of their families and friends.
The French Wedding
The Bridal Hope Chest Originated in France, coming from the word trousseau, or bundle. The bundle refers to the small bundle of clothes that the bride would take with her to her new home with the groom.
The Wedding and Walk: In many French towns, the groom will meet the bride at her home on the day of the wedding and walk with her to the ceremony. Children will run along with them, throwing white ribbons that the bride cuts as she walks along.
Bang Pots and Pans: On the couples wedding night, friends gather outside of their window and bang pots and pans. The friends are usually invited inside to enjoy a couple of more drinks.
The Greek Wedding
The Crowning The crowning of the couple with the stefana (two flowered crowns attached by white ribbon) signifies glory and honor that God crowns them with. The ribbon symbolizes the unity of the couple. The Koumbaro or Koumbara also plays a part by interchanging the crowns on the couples heads.
The Common Cup: The crowning is followed by readings of the Epistle and the Gospel. The Gospel reading describes the marriage of Cana at Galilee, which was blessed by Christ and where He performed his first miracle. The miracle converted water into wine and was given to the newlyweds. Thus, wine is given to the couple as a remembrance.
The Ceremonial Walk: The priest will then lead the Bride and Groom around a table on the altar three times. On the table are the Gospel and Cross.
The Hawaiian Wedding
Leis Symbolize Love and Respect: At Hawaiian weddings, flower garlands known as leis are traditionally placed around the necks of the bride and groom. Leis symbolize love and respect, and they are created from some of the island's most beautiful and fragrant flowers.
Blue Hawaii is Almost Always a Part of the Wedding: The 'Hawaiian Wedding Song', which was of course sung by Elvis in the movie Blue Hawaii is almost always a part of the wedding service.
Associated with Flowers : THawaiian weddings were traditionally, and continue to be, associated with flowers. Both the bride and groom wear elaborate leis?necklaces of flowers, nuts, seeds, and other plant material woven together.
The East Indian Wedding
Rituals that Pay Money the groom puts his brother-in-laws hand in water and cannot remove it until they pay money to him. The groom is threatened with milk on his shoes and a ritual in which seven strands of thread tying the couple are removed on payment.
Hands and Feet Painted with Henna: On the eve of her wedding vows, following a traditional ceremonial cleansing, the bride-to-be will have her hands and feet painted with henna, in beautiful paisley or medallion patterns.
Groom's Sisters Block the Entrance: Another ritual, which is found in almost every community is when the groom brings home his new bride, the groom's sisters block the entrance to the home and demand money from their brother as a shagun before they let him in.
The Italian Wedding
During the Wedding Receptions: During the wedding receptions friends of the groom usually sneak away to play tricks on the new couple (i.e. wailing-in the door of the couple's new home, putting itching powder in the bed).At some weddings, primarily in Northern Italy, the best man would cut the groom's tie into little pieces. The pieces are then put onto a tray and sold to the guests. The proceeds are given to the couple to help pay for the band. It's a good idea for the groom to bring a cheap tie in anticipation of this custom.
Break a Vase or a Glass: Before the bride and groom retire for the night, they break a vase or a glass - the number of pieces that the vase breaks into symbolizes the number of happy years of marriage that the couple can expect.
The Irish Wedding
Lucky Horseshoe: Irish brides used to carry a real horseshoe for good luck. (Turned up so the luck won't run out). You can get porcelain horseshoes which most Irish brides carry these days, or one made of fabric which is worn on the wrist.
Magic Hanky: This charming custom involves having the bride carry a special hanky that with a few stitches can be turned into a christening bonnet for the first baby. With a couple of snips it can be turned back into a hanky that your child can carry on his/her wedding day.
Irish Dancers: Consider hiring a group of Irish dancers to hand out your programs before the ceremony. Dressed in their full regalia, it would add a wonderful touch of pageantry and color. They could also dance at the reception later.
The Japanese Wedding
The All-White Silk Wedding Kimono Ddates back to the Edo era (1700-1900) and the traditions of the brides of the samurai. White symbolizes both a new beginning and an end, because the bride "dies" as her father's daughter and is reborn a member of her husband's family. The bride traditionally wears her hair up, fastened by tortoise-shell combs.
The Groom Wears a Black Silk Kimono with his family crest in white, in five different places. Under this kimono is a striped, pleated skirt, or hakama. He carries a white folded fan and wears white sandals.
The Jewish Wedding
THE WEDDING DAY: This day is considered a personal Yom Kippur , for on this day all their past mistakes are forgiven as they merge into a new, complete soul. Jewish tradition likens the couple to a queen and king. The kallah will be seated on a throne to receive her guests, while the chatan is surrounded by guests who sing and toast him.
Break a Plate: At this time there is a tradition for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom to stand together and break a plate. The reason is to show the seriousness of the commitment -- just as a plate can never be fully repaired, so too a broken relationship can never be fully repaired.
The Mexican Wedding
"Lasso" : During the marriage vows, a white ribbon or rosary, called a "lasso", is symbolically wrapped around the necks of the couple, which represents their joining.
Thirteen Gold Coins: It is customary for a Mexican groom to give his wife a wedding present of thirteen gold coins, which are then blessed by the priest during the marriage ceremony. This gesture represents the groom's commitment to support his new wife.
Pinata: A paper mache container known as a pinata is suspended from the ceiling at Mexican wedding receptions. It will be shaped like a heart or an animal. Filled with candy, it is hung by a string and swatted at by children. When it breaks, the candy falls out and is shared among the guests.
The Muslim Wedding
Perfumes From Head To Toe : She is lavished with all sorts of traditional oils and perfumes from head to toe. Traditionally, she is not seen for forty days by anyone except for family members as she rests at home in preparation for her wedding day.
The Night of The Henna: It takes place a few days before, is very special night for the bride, since it is a ladies' night only. On this night, the bride's hands and feet are decorated with henna. The back-to-back feasts and celebrations involve both men and women who usually celebrate separately.
Waylay the Groom: In the tradition of Singapore, the Mak Andam (beautician) as well as members of the bride's family will waylay the groom and ask for an 'entrance fee after the bride is ready. Only when they are satisfied with the amount would they allow the groom to see his bride.
The Russian Wedding
A Russian Wedding Lasts for 2 Days!!:The Russian church ceremony is colorful and solemn but the complete traditional ceremony is very long, and guests and the couple have to stand during the ceremony (there are no benches in Russian churches at all; people must stand during all church services), faints are not rare. Most couples wisely opt for a shortened version of the church marriage ceremony. Some weddings last as long as a week, it means the couple has enough liquor to go on and on, and enough devoted friends to stay.)
The Scottish Wedding
Feet Washing:A tub of water was placed in the best room, in which the bride placed her feet, her female friends then gathered around to help wash them. A wedding ring from a happily married woman was previously placed in the tub and it was believed that whoever found the ring would be the next to get married.
The Church:Just outside the church they would be met by the clergyman and make their wedding vows.It was traditional for the clergyman, however shy, to kiss the bride.
Dancing Could Last All Night :The celebrations were usually held outside with pipers and dancing and could last all night.
FeThe Blessing:The marriage ceremony was completed when the clergyman blessed the newly weds, their home and their bed.
The Spanish Wedding
Fireworks to Celebrate:The celebration begins in house of the groom where the friends and relatives are going to gather him, here the parents of the groom invite to the assistants to a small snack. When coming out of house the friends of the groom usually burn rockets ( fireworks) to celebrate it.
DFireworks and Rockets :Once finished the ceremony and pictures taken with friends and relatives in the church, the newly married couple goes out of the church, their friends and relatives are waiting for them to throw rice over both in a sort of luck desire. Finally friends celebrate the wedding again with fireworks and rockets.
The Canadian Military Wedding
In this beautiful Canadian Military custom, the wedding party including guests would gather around a sword on the floor, in front of which stood the couple, hand-in-hand. A corporal or sergeant acting as the clergyman would order, "Leap, rogue, and jump, hore,and then you are married for evermore." The happy couple would jump over the sword hand-in-hand as the drum beat. From this moment, they were considered man and wife.
In all wedding traditions , the man would kiss his bride and then in a Canadian Military tradition, the event was sometimes followed by a "hoisting," a ceremonial burial of bachelorhood ending in a small parade during which the groom was carried by two of his mates, preceded by a fife and drum playing "The Cuckold's March."