Wedding Costumes From All Over the World -
- Indian Costume - As a pre-wedding celebration ceremony, the bride and groom exchange rings and the family celebrating with them, exchange sweets and gifts. They also have a "Mehendi Ceremony" where the bride has her palms, wrists, arms, legs, and feet decorated.
- Jewish Costume - The couple gets married under a chuppa, which is a white covering. The belief behind this is meant for protection from evil spirits. They also have a tradition where the groom takes the wine glass that both the bride and groom has drank from, and he breaks it in a cloth. This symbolized the destruction of the holy temple.
- Japanese Costume - The bride gets painted white from head to toe, declaring she is a maiden. She then also wears a white hood, to cover her "horns of jealousy" towards her mother-in-law. This then shows her to be a gentle and obedient wife. The couple then drinks sake, and at the moment of taking their first sip, they are married.
- Jamaican Costume - In Jamaican costume, sometimes the whole village will come together to help plan the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom then walk down the street, and if the bride is not well presented, she is publicly criticized. As the tradition stands for a bride to wear white, the groom has to wear a bush jacket for the event.
- German Costume - They plan well ahead for their weddings. When a baby girl is born, several trees are planted for her, and when a wedding date is set the trees are sold and the money used at part of her dowry. A newspaper is then also created that covers the engaged couple, with pictures and stories of their plans. This newspaper is then sold at the wedding to help pay for the honeymoon.
- Czechoslovakian Costume - Before the wedding the bride's friends will plant a tree in the bride's front yard and decorate it with ribbons and painted egg shells. The tradition says that the bride will live as long as the tree. Fertility is a very important part of the czechoslovakian culture. In celebrating this, the bride is given three motherhood promoting dishes: wheat for fertility, millet mixed with ash to sort through to prove her patience, and in the third a sparrow hides under the lid.
- Norway Costume - The wedding know as kransekake is made of bread, cheese, cream and syrup. The bride wears either a white or silver dress with a crown and the groom wears a hand made woolen suit know as a bundas.
- Welsh Costume - The groom carves out a wooden spoon and gives it to the women. If she wears it, they are engaged. The brides will often be kidnapped by their families, before the wedding day and the groom and his family will follow them, and who ever finds her will be the next to be married.
There are many traditions from all over the world that are very interesting to look at. Some are a bit too out of the box for me, but some are really quite sweet and not much different to some of the traditions we have. A wooden spoon surely is a lot cheaper than a diamond engagement ring. I hope you find this as interesting as I did.