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There are many different rituals and ceremonies throughout India.
Engagement Ceremonies typically include the bride and groom exchanging rings and the families exchange gifts and goodies.
Before the wedding ceremony, the Mehendi Ceremony is usually held at the bride’s home and celebrates when the bride’s hands, legs, and feet are adorned with henna.
When the big day arrives, the bride and groom put flower garlands around each others necks to show the bride has accepted the groom as her husband.
Indian wedding celebrations often last for several days.
Japanese weddings are traditionally held in Shinto Shrines. The bride is painted white from head to toe, declaring she is a pure maiden. She also wears a white kimono and a beautiful head piece.
One interesting and unique tradition is the bride wearing a white hood (similar to a white veil). The white hood is said to hide her “horns of jealousy” that she feels toward her mother-in-law and to display her resolve to become a gentle, obedient wife. To symbolize their union, the couple drinks sake together and becomes husband and wife once the first sip is taken.
Brides have quite a few outfit changes during the reception, first changing into a red kimono and then later into a Western-style dress. Other brides choose to have 2 different days to celebrate, first the traditional Japanese ceremony and then a western ceremony the following day.
Due to Communist laws in Cuba, a wedding ceremony can’t be a religious event. But regardless of the religious values, that won’t stop Cubans!
Cubans celebrate by having a parade of guests and family members walking (and dancing) together in the streets, on their way to the wedding venue, leaving a trail of music in the air!
The brides dress has one major rule….the more extravagant the dress is the better! Dresses are usually made of silk or satin and includes full skirts and ruffles.
With the growing cost of these elaborate ceremonies, wedding guests conduct a money dance to help the new couple out. During the dance, every man who dances with the bride pins money to her dress to help the couple pay for their honeymoon.
A very popular Welsh engagement tradition is where the groom carves a spoon out of wood for his hopeful bride-to-be. (This obviously adds a whole new meaning to spooning!) The spoon is meant to be worn like a pin, and if the woman chooses to do so, it means she accepts the proposal.
On a slightly more frightening note….brides in the Wales area are often kidnapped by their families just before their wedding day. The groom and his family follow and whoever rescues her will be the next to get married.
Welsh bride’s typically add myrtle to their bouquet, a symbol of love, and also give a cutting of the plant to her bridesmaids as well. If the bridesmaid plants the cutting in her yard and it blooms, according to tradition, she will soon marry.
A very traditional Dutch wedding custom is to create a wedding “wish tree”. At the reception a beautiful tree branch is placed next to the bride and groom’s table, and paper leaves attached to pieces of colorful ribbon are placed at each guest’s place setting. Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on their leaves, which the bride and groom can then read and hang on the tree.