Five Wedding Traditions for Cultural I Do’s

Posted by Azure on November 28th, 2011

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, we shared seven time-honored traditions from cultures around the world. From jumping the broom to being crowned as a couple, I think we all learned something new!

But the unique customs from around the globe do not stop there! Read on to learn five more wonderful wedding traditions:

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  • IRELAND- Emerald Isle: The Claddagh ring is commonly known as the traditional Irish wedding ring. The ring features a heart, crown and set of hands, symbolizing the love, loyalty and friendship between the couple. But a lesser-known Irish wedding tradition is the Emerald Isle wedding cake, a rich brandy-infused confection filled with a variety of dried fruits.
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  • ITALY- Sweet Send-Off: Sweet-toothed nearlyweds will fall for this tradition! In Italian culture, brides & grooms are showered with sugared almonds (aka Jordan almonds) as they exit the wedding ceremony church. When wedding guests are seated at the reception, five sweet almonds adorn each place setting, symbolizing health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity (or five special wishes for the bride and groom).
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  • JAPAN- San-San-Kudo: What better way to finalize your I Do's than with a few celebratory shots! In Japan, marriage vows are made official after the bride and the groom each take three sips of sake from the same cup. This tradition (common in Japanese Shinto weddings) is known as San-San-Kudo and represents the spiritual world and bond between husband and wife.
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  • MEXICO- Lasso: The Mexican lasso is a very long rosary, wrapped around the bride and groom's hands by the priest as they recite their wedding vows.  It symbolizes the unity of the couple and protection of their marriage.
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  • POLAND- Money Dance: Polish brides and grooms have a leg up on bridging the wedding budget gap!  For centuries, the money dance has been a staple Polish wedding reception tradition, where guests pin cash onto the bride and groom while they boogie down on the dance floor.  Nigerian weddings and Filipino weddings also have their own versions of the lucrative money dance.
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Which of these national wedding traditions do you love? Post a comment below to share your thoughts! And if there's a wonderful tradition we left off the list, add this in the comment section too!

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