10 Interesting Wedding Traditions Around The World

1 year ago By Reem El Desouky

Since we’re smack in the middle of the national mating season, we thought we’d take a look and find out different wedding traditions around the world.


1. India

indian wedding

Traditionally, Indian weddings could last up to 3 days.


2. Afghanistan

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Wedding dresses in Afghanistan are traditionally green, but brides could have about 3 to 4 dress changes during the ceremony.


3. China

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Chinese weddings’ predominant colors are red and gold, as white is more associated with funerals.


4. Russia

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During the ceremony, the bride may get jokingly kidnapped by family and friends till the groom pays the “ransom”. The couple also has to “break bread”, and whoever takes the larger bite is delegated to wear the pants in the relationship.


5. Greece


In Greece, the bride and groom dance for money! Friends and family would pin the newlyweds with cash for them to pay for the honeymoon and other expenses.


6. Mexico

Mexican wedding
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Originating in Rome and Spain, “Las Arras” is a custom where the groom gives the bride 13 coins in a Catholic ceremony, representing Jesus and the 12 apostles. This tradition symbolizes that the groom is going to take care of his new wife and that he trusts her with his finances.


7. Brazil

brazilian wedding
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Brazilian brides add the names of single gal pals to their wedding dress in hopes that they’d find true love as well.


8. Venezuela

Venezuelan wedding
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If a Venezuelan couple disappears before the end of the wedding, don’t fret or get offended. They sneak out undetected because it’s a sign of good luck.


9. Scotland

Scottish wedding
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Before the wedding, Scottish couples are kidnapped by their friends, get dirtied up and paraded around town to be as humiliated as possible. Charming.


10. Germany

German wedding
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In traditional German weddings, the newlyweds will attempt to saw a log together. It represents team-work and overcoming the challenges yet to come.

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