From culture to culture, wedding traditions vary and it’s easy to forget this, but really interesting! Since I just got back from Germany about a week ago, I would love to share some of the knowledge that I’ve gathered about their wedding traditions.
A few days before the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids kidnap the bride and then the groom has to find her. He will be given clues and he has to solve the mystery. This is to prove the grooms love for the bride. The groom is having fun chasing his soon to be bride though because maybe he has to stop at a few pubs and buy some people drinks (and drink one himself) in order to get the hints! 😉 Of course there are many different versions of “Bride-napping” depending on which part of Germany you are in, but this sums up most!
Another German tradition normally occurs the night before the wedding. All the friends and colleagues who will not come to the wedding or are not invited have a huge a party. Traditionally, everyone brings something made of porcelain to throw on the floor and then the bride and groom will sweep it up. This is supposed to bring good luck to the bride and groom, but only if it’s porcelain! 😉
At every wedding reception, the bride and groom will play games; some with the guests, and some alone.
Directly after the ceremony, the guests will form a line and throw rice at the bride and groom. The idea of this is that it will help the bride and groom have kids!
Also after the ceremony, the bride and groom will get into a car covered with flowers and of course tin cans will be tied to the back of the car. Then once they leave, everyone will follow them honking their horns.
Now when the bride and groom are going back to their new home, they will have some issues getting in, thanks to their best friends. Its a tradition that the best friends of the groom and bride will make it hard for them by either hiding the keys or putting a ton of balloons in the front room. Normally it’s just something to be silly, nothing too crazy!
Lastly I just wanted to mention a few things that our German traditions, but not necessarily used as much anymore.
The bride will put a penny in her shoe so that her and her husband will be prosperous financially in the future.
The groom buys the bridal bouquet.
Well the wraps up my knowledge on German weddings at this time! If anyone of you know anymore, please let us know!! 🙂
*Pictures from http://incaseimgone.com/2011/12/05/millennium-manners/, http://www.todoboda.com/boda/tubodaencocheclasico.html, http://blog.dressforsuccess.org/here-comes-the-rice-your-guide-to-grains-white-rice-brown-rice-quinoa/, http://www.dj-aus-leidenschaft.de/?paged=4