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Wedding Traditions from Around the World

We took a look around the web to bring you the best wedding customs from around the world. Some will amaze, some will inspire and some well… we will leave that up to you.

Here goes with the best of the rest: from shooting the bride, sawing logs, to giving ducks and geese to the new mother-in-law:


The bride carries two bouquets of flowers on her wedding day. One for her and one for the Virgin Mary.

Poland weddingEurope… key variations in Russia, Germany, Romania and Wales

Bride-napping. It seems to be a common tradition in many European countries. It's reported that in Wales and Romania, the best man takes the bride to the pub, only for the groom to come and rescue her and then pick up the bar tab!


Fancy a dance with the bride? It’ll cost you. Donations made by guests, in return for a dance with the bride, are then collected and put towards the couple's honeymoon.


The couple are plied with alcohol, covered in treacle, ash, flour and feathers. This ceremonial mess stems from belief in yester year, and will ward off evil spirits, bringing good luck.


The test of strength, depth and togetherness of the couple is immediately put to work, as the couple saw a log in half to showcase unity, the ability to work as one and that they, together, can overcome any obstacle.

China (Yugur culture)

Grooms shoot their future brides with a bow and arrow (minus the arrowheads!) three times. The arrow is then snapped in half by the groom to make sure the couple remain in love forever.


Thankfully, there is a modern day twist on this old age tradition. Newlyweds are forced to drink leftovers from a toilet bowl (that’s the old tradition) the newer version includes champagne and chocolate, but still drank from a toilet (hopefully clean!).

Korea (an old tradition with a modern twist)

Tradition has it that on the day of the wedding, the groom gave his future mother-in-law either ducks or geese. These animals, monogamous by nature, symbolise the honest, true intentions of the groom. Today, however, livestock have been replaced by wooden models of the animals. The sentiment remains.


The binding of families in Japan takes the form of the traditional san-san-kudo, in which the bride and groom take three sips from sake cups, followed by their parents. This creates unity and bonds the family unit.


At the wedding reception, the bride and groom will release two doves into the air to represent a peaceful, long lasting and healthy life together.


Maybe one or two of these traditions from around the world have inspired you? Maybe you can do a take on one of them and make your wedding truly memorable for you and your guests.

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