There has been a huge rise in unconventional weddings, brides who want to veer off of the beaten path and have their wedding be one for the books. However, there are still many brides who love that traditional feel. If that’s you, the question you have to answer (and this is the big one) what tradition are you going to follow?
Sometimes that is also an easy questions to answer–maybe you’re having a Jewish ceremony, or are getting married at a Catholic church. Or perhaps your wedding reception is going to be filled with Greek wedding favorites!
To help you out, we’ve compiled just a few of our favorite traditions from different cultures for inspiration on your traditional day!
Unity Bowl : Australia
Guests are given stones and asked to hold them during the ceremony. At the end, guests place the stones in a decorative bowl that the couple will keep and display afterwards to remind them of the support and presence of their friends and family.
Log Cutting : Germany
In Germany, newlyweds must instantly put their bond to the test by working together to saw a log in half in front of all their guests. The act is intended to showcase the bride and groom’s ability to work together and face the obstacles that may come throughout their marriage.
Releasing Doves : Philippines
At traditional Filipino wedding receptions, the bride and groom release two doves into the air to represent a long, peaceful, and harmonious life together.
Jumping the Broom : Ghana
Jumping the broom helps to symbolize the commitment of the bride and groom to their house together. Brooms are waved over the head of the marrying couple to ward of spirits and then the couple jumps over the broom at the end of the ceremony.
Something Borrowed, Something Blue : England
This is a tradition that many Americans follow, but do you know the full rhyme? “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” We’re not sure how comfortable walking around with a coin in your shoe is, but why not go through the whole tradition (at least for a few hours)!
What fun wedding traditions are you going to follow? Let us know in the comments below!