Unknown Wedding Traditions From Around the Worldby Lauren Jacobson
If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, you may be overwhelmed by the many traditions and customs that you plan to honor. You’re not the only one. Brides all across the world practice a number of unique and sacred traditions on their special day. From ransoms to sock dances and fattening huts, some of these traditions will inspire you, and others will simply shock you. In fact, you might just find that after reading through them, your own wedding preparations won’t seem as tedious as they did before.
#2. The Peruvian Cake Pull
Peruvians have a much more delicious way of determining which lucky lady is next in line for marriage. Instead of tossing a bouquet, female guests gather around the wedding cake, and each of them pulls out one of the many ribbons that have been tucked between the layers. Each ribbon has a charm attached to it, but one special guest will find a fake wedding ring at the end of hers which signifies that she will soon be a bride herself.
#3. The Chinese Wardrobe Switch
Some brides find the mere process of putting on their wedding gown to be pretty overwhelming. Can you imagine wearing three different wedding dresses on your special day instead of just one?
China’s brides do exactly that. They’ll partake in three wardrobe changes throughout the day, entering their ceremony in a red frock, later switching into a white ball gown, and finally ending their special day in a dazzling gown or cocktail dress of their choice.
#4. The Uganda Fattening Hut
You’ve spent hours at the gym, and you’re still not as toned as you want to be for your wedding day. You’re certainly not alone in that, but believe it or not, some brides strive to gain weight for their special day.
Because it signifies wealth and prosperity, obesity is considered highly desirable in Uganda. Due to this, brides-to-be will spend much of their time in designated huts, commonly referred to as fattening huts. They’ll be fed large amounts of millet, butter, and milk. Think gaining weight quickly is easy? Unfortunately, it’s not. Many brides will become ill from their rapid weight gain, and some will be forced to eat a shocking 16,000 calories a day.
#5. The French Canadian Sock Dance
If you just so happen to be the older, unwed sibling of the bride or groom, and you also happen to be French Canadian, you might be a little bit out of luck. French Canadian newlyweds practice a humorously embarrassing tradition in which an older, single sibling dons a brightly colored pair of knee-highs and performs a comedic dance.
While this hysterical performance is taking place, guests are encouraged to cheer and throw cash onto the dance floor. The money is reserved for the newlyweds who later collect it and keep the knee-high socks as a cherished memento.