Wedding traditions in different cultures of the world

various wedding traditions

Wedding traditions in different cultures of the world

What are wedding traditions? These traditions – which are also known as nuptial traditions – have evolved over the centuries around marriage and the wedding. Wedding traditions show differences and different cultural characteristics throughout the world. In almost all countries, and Russia and Turkey are no exception to this, the most important premise is a pompous and joyous celebration.

The World of Wedding Customs

A nuptial custom in Colombia is to celebrate the engagement as a great family celebration. Thus, it is not initial that hundreds of guests attend weddings in South America.

Vietnam is traditional and formal: even today, it is very rare for a marriage to take place without parental consent. Wedding traditions in Vietnam also follow clear rules and rituals.

Poles know how to enjoy themselves in a big way. Before the wedding, the bride is symbolically “bought” from her parents. And according to tradition, the after-party is also celebrated in style.

Wedding in Turkish

Let’s start with a very special culture, that of the Turks. People of Turkish origin are known for the large and pompous parties they celebrate. In this way, Turkish weddings are usually more opulent than is usual in Spain, for example.

After the three pre-wedding phases (Kiz system, Söz Cosme, and Nisan) representing the approval visit, the promise, and the engagement ceremony, the wedding preparations begin about half a year before the wedding. At this time everything is planned, from the house for the bride and groom to a party in style.

One day before the wedding the night of “henna” is celebrated. The bride, the women in her family, and her friends meet at the bride’s house and paint their hands with this material. Usually, the “henna” night is held in a large hall. During the night the groom is only allowed to visit the bride briefly. And it is that the woman must be able to say goodbye to her parents’ house to happily await a new life together with her future husband.

The wedding day begins with the collection of the bride. The bride is then taken to the wedding venue in ostentatiously decorated cars. A frightening party is held there, which usually has at least 300 to 1000 guests. The happiness of the new spouses is sealed with lots of traditional food.

Russian Wedding Traditions

Wedding Traditions of Russia

Whether it is celebrated in the civil registry or in the church, after the wedding ceremony the bride and groom are bathed with rose petals, and coins are tossed in front of their feet. This custom seeks to bring the newlyweds financial security for the future.

Next, the parents greet the couple with a large braid with grains of salt, which they take turns testing. This custom is the greeting of the parents, since before it was custom that, after the wedding, the bride moved to the house of the groom.

This is followed by the Tamada, a nightmare for the shyest and for those who hate making toasts. This is the moderator of the celebration. Your task is to ensure that each and every one of those present makes a toast to the newlyweds. And beware of refusing to do so … at Russian weddings, this is considered an insult!

Of course, music and dances could not be absent either. Between games, toasts, and food there are music breaks. The DJ cranks up the revs and the best Russian pop music roars from all the speakers. The young and the less young take to the dance floor! Later, you will start to see people dancing on top of the tables.

So yeah, Russians know how to have a great time at weddings. It is also very important when the public begins to shout the word “Noriko”, thus asking the newlyweds to kiss.

The Wedding According to the Colombian Tradition

A traditional Colombian wedding consists of many steps, performed with dedication and passion. In Colombian culture, respect for the family is the most important thing. Therefore, many weddings are organized by the father of the bride, who also pays half of the expenses.

First of all, the groom must ask the bride’s father for the bride’s hand, before “being able” to marry her. Parental consent is the most important factor in getting married. Normally it is not mandatory, but, out of respect, this tradition is usually maintained.

Before the wedding itself, comes the engagement ceremony. On the occasion of this celebration, the families and friends of the future spouses meet. During the engagement ceremony, gifts are made to the wedding couple. All kinds of things are given away, although most often they are items for your new home. But this meeting does not focus on gifts, the most important thing is the presence of the bride and groom’s relatives. With this meeting, both families commit to making a lifelong commitment.

During the wedding celebration, which is usually invited to several hundred people, the newlyweds do not have a single minute of tranquility. Photos, toast with each of the tables, eat, and dance. But in traditional Colombian weddings, there is certainly something different!

At 12 pm the so-called “crazy hour” begins. When it arrives, one feels like in a carnival. The guests don some pretty hats, jewelry, and traditional masks. A music band accompanies this part of the celebration. They also play dance games and drink a lot, a lot of “brandy.” This is the most famous local liquor in Colombia.

Often the party doesn’t end before 6-7 in the morning, and the traditional dances and music don’t come to an end until the father says “It’s over!”

Vietnamese Wedding

Xin Chao ban is – oo in Spanish: Hello, dear friends. In one of our previous blog posts, we have already told what traditional weddings are like in Poland. Now we continue with a more exotic place, Vietnam. Our engagement rings companion is Anna Nguyen.

A traditional Colombian wedding consists of many small steps, which must be done with great care and dedication. In Vietnamese culture, respect for family is essential. For this reason, before it was very common for parents to organize marriages. Although this is no longer a common practice, parental consent is still the most important factor in getting married.

Before the wedding itself, comes the engagement ceremony (Le An Hoi). On this occasion, the groom’s family visits the bride’s family. Once there, permission is requested to marry the bride. These are accompanied by an odd number of chosen by the groom, who bring gifts such as fruits, money, etc. to the bride’s family. These gifts are covered with a red cloth and delivered there to the same number of single girls on the bride’s side. With this arrangement, both families agree to make a lifelong commitment.

During the wedding celebration, which is usually invited to several hundred people, the newlyweds do not have a single minute of tranquility. Take photos, toast with each of the tables, and karaoke. Nobody gets bored at traditional Vietnamese weddings, that’s for sure!

Wedding Customs in Poland

In every country, there are wedding traditions and traditions. And of course weddings too! Our colleague Sandra has been a guest at many weddings in Poland and she tells us at engagement something more about the unique customs of this European country.

Last weekend I was at a wedding celebration in Poland again. It was really fun and exciting.

According to tradition, the groom and his family pick up the bride from her parents’ home. But before the groom “receives” his fiancée, he must first “buy” her. In front of the parents’ house, two relatives of the bride await, whom the groom has to “pay”.

Instead of money, you pay first with expensive bottles of vodka. But this is not enough for the bride’s family until the groom ends up pulling out a briefcase full of dollar bills. The entire performance is carried out accompanied by the music of an orchestra. In the family home, the parents of the bride and groom wait for their children and later give them their blessing. Once this is done, the music continues and everyone heads to their cars.

But on the way to the church, they have to stop several times, since the neighbors block the way. This is also part of the tradition. So the wedding couple has to “pay” the adults with vodka and the children with sweets in order to continue their journey.

Other main dishes, dessert, vodka, beer, and wine are served throughout the evening. Meanwhile, it is danced and celebrated in style. Around midnight, the bride and groom cut the wedding cake together and distribute it to the guests.

The party continues well into the night until the feet can’t take it anymore. The next day they continue to celebrate and eat until the evening. Afterward, most of the guests go home. Before leaving, each guest receives a slice of the wedding cake.

Weddings in Poland are big and very family-friendly and there is a lot of food (and even more alcohol). Anyone who has never been to a Polish wedding shouldn’t think twice about going to one, it’s worth it!


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