Everyone loves a wedding. Spirits are high, drinks are flowing, the best man is shaving the groom, the mother-in-law is throwing ducks at the bride …
Weddings are different for every culture around the world and a new infographic from 888Poker reveals a collection of the most interesting and colourful – though it’s certainly optional whether to include them in one’s own special day.
A Different Type of Wedding Bell
Some of the rituals might be more familiar – like throwing the bouquet or breaking a glass – but others won’t be. While nearly 75 percent of unmarried couples wouldn’t get married without the (Western) traditional collection of things old, new, borrowed and blue, would they be willing to borrow an old tradition like:
- Running away? – in Venezuela, it’s good luck for the newly-married couple to attempt to escape undetected during the reception.
- Baumstamm Sägen? – in Germany, the couple work together with a two-handed saw to cut a log, representing the first obstacle the couple must jointly overcome.
- Joota Chupai? – in India, when the groom enters the temple, he has to take off his shoes. The eldest unmarried girls from the bride’s family then steal them, and there ensues a friendly struggle between the families over them. Usually it ends in the shoes being ransomed back to the poor groom.
- Bell breaking? – in Guatemala, the groom’s mother breaks a specially-made ceramic bell filled with grains, as a symbol of prosperity. Not to be confused with Irish bells, where you’re only meant to ring it!
- Wedding ducks? – a Korean tradition in which carved wooden ducks or geese are thrown to the bride by her mother-in-law. Mandarin ducks mate for life, representing the marriage, and whether the bride catches it or not supposedly affects the gender of her first child.
This piece is accompanied by a survey of respondent’s own beliefs on weddings – which found results like:
- More than 70 percent of men believe it’s bad luck to see their bride in her wedding dress before the big day.
- 10 percent of those who cohabit would stray from tradition and have the bride make a speech on the day as well as the groom, best man and bride’s father.
- More than 25 percent believe in some form of lucky wedding ritual.
- Nearly 12 percent of women say that they would be prepared to propose to their (hopefully) future husbands, breaking with the one-sided tradition.