European Marriage Customs

Western wedding customs add a jovial meld of customs and lively challenges to a couple’s trip into matrimony, from breaking dishes to sawing through logs. Family and friends gather outside the bride’s home to break numerous porcelain food to bring good fortune to the woman’s wedding, known as the” Polterabend.” The pair is then required to remove all the pieces themselves, reiterating their commitment to working together through any challenges they may encounter in the future.

A post-wedding festival known as the la rotie in Italy is incredibly sexual and lurid, but it is also profoundly connected to the country’s remote tradition. After the bride, a group of friends abduct the bride and groom, who next transports them to a cafe or restaurant where they serve the brides with a glass of champagne and dessert served in a chamber pot. Following this, the couple will share a pitcher of vegetable sauce, which embodies the daily intimacy of a married living.

Although it may seem common to most people to sprinkle corn or petals on newlyweds, in Poland, oats and barley are also sprinkled on the pair to wish them good fortune and fecundity. Before the wedding ceremony, the couple is also sprinkled with salt and bread, which symbolize the necessities of life, so that they will always have what they need to survive. Additionally, it is customary for the couple to step on vodka bottles that are displayed at the venue’s „passing gates” and wish them good fortune and abundance.