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.
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.
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!).
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 Today, however, livestock have been replaced by wooden models of the animals.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.
Images courtesy of hin255, Gregory Szarkiewicz, Sira Anamwong, bigjom at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I have three children who I adore, although they keep me very busy – sometimes, it's a nice break to come to work.
My daughter is 11 and will be starting senior school in September (making me feel quite old). She’s lovely, for now anyway – I have been warned I shall notice a difference once she starts senior school, God help me!
My sons are 8 and 6 and they are proper little boys who like nothing more than playing rough and tumble, getting dirty and being loud, VERY LOUD! Wouldn't change any of them for the world though – well, maybe attach a mute button from time to time but that's all!
My boyfriend runs a village pub – I sometimes help when my children are with their father – anything for a free drink (or two…), lol. It's a real fun, lively pub with an excellent chef and great staff.
Obviously, as a typical woman, my other interests include shoes, bags, shopping, chocolate, socialising and wine (lots and lots of wine ha, ha). My diet always starts on Monday morning and finishes about lunch time. I always plan to exercise, but never get round to it. Luckily my three children keep me fit enough for now.
I love to holiday in Spain. I always say I'm going to learn the language. Well, I work for a translation agency and several of my colleagues are Spanish, so I would have my own personal tutor but, of course, I never get round to it.
I love my job at TLC UK. It's really nice talking to people who are planning their dream wedding abroad and helping them through the paperwork process.
It's great when our customers post some of their wedding photos on our Facebook page: A. to put a face to a name and B. to see the gorgeous, sunny wedding photos.
Trust is the key building block of a relationship… whether personal or business.Without it, we might all as well, pack up and go home.
If you are planning on getting married abroad or know someone that is, then this article might just help put their mind at rest and feel safe about what to do next when it comes to the legal paperwork side of things.
More often than not to get the legals right, you will need to send off your original documents.
Not quite but we do get that it is a big deal and so we never underestimate the importance of it.
So that is why part of what we do, is making sure you know, you are in safe hands. We will contact you to let you know they have arrived and suggest that you do not send them by standard post but you use Special Delivery.
Returning the documents are treated the same too.
We will call you first to let you know they are ready for despatch and to see if you would prefer them delivered to a work address (especially if it is mid-week). Not sure about you, but to be greeted with a post office red card saying we tried to deliver but now you have to go to the nearest sorting office, can be annoying, especially if you are out of time or on a schedule.
As with any relationship, it starts with talking. If you are planning your wedding abroad and would like to know a bit more or if your travel agent has already mentioned that you will need to start organising your legal documents, why not get in touch…
Alternatively, if you just want a quote, fill out the few short questions and hit submit and we will be back in touch with some prices for you…
TLC UK are members of the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce (GB).