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10 wonderful global wedding traditions we bet you didn't know

10 wonderful global wedding traditions we bet you didn't know


Written by Katie Byrne


Because what's a wedding without a tradition or two?

 

 

#1 Let's start with one of the most important elements of any woman's wedding day: the dress! The white wedding gown tradition is classically attributed to Queen Victoria, who is the first monarch on record to wear white on her wedding day. The monarch wore a demure lacy gown, decorated with flowers, for her 1840 nuptials to Prince Albert. However, Queen V wasn't the very first to wear white: brides in Japan had been doing it for centuries beforehand.

#2 That 'something old' tradition? It's meant to represent the bride's continuation from her past into her present and the future ahead - so if you're adhering to it, pick something meaningful that belongs to you, rather than borrowing something from someone else.

#3 The bridesmaids-all-wearing-the-same-dress tradition has been attributed to the Romans, who would dress girls in the same outfit so as to confuse evil spirits or potential bride-robbers.

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#4 In Italy, newlyweds break wine glasses, with the number of shards believed to hint at the length of the marriage.

#5 In certain areas of Malaysia, just-married couples aren't allowed to wash for three days (and nights!) after their wedding, with tradition stating this will keep bad luck at bay.

#6 In various South Asia cultures, both sides of the wedding party traditionally take part in a sing-off. #Amazing.

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#7 If you're a Catholic, you'll most likely need to 'post your banns' before your wedding day. The reason this tradition began? In order to make sure the bride and groom weren't related! 

#8 The reason we have wedding cakes? Once again, it harks back to the Roman era, when brides would have had loaves of bread broken over their heads as a symbol of fertility. The cake is a sugar-coated (literally) upgrade but if you want to stick to the proper tradition, have the Kingsmill on stand-by...

#9 On to confetti! 'Confetti' is the Italian name given to a variety of sugared almond, which used to be thrown into the air at weddings as a symbol of fertility. It was those ingenious Victorians who decided that shredded paper made a far simpler-to-use alternative. 

#10 The reason wedding rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand? The Ancient Greeks used to believe there was a vein in that particular finger that was linked directly to the heart.

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