Getting married is considered a major milestone in any culture. Wedding traditions around the world always involve special foods, special events, special presents and major celebrations. Some couples actually have “destination weddings” that enable them to go to another country and incorporate their traditions. Planning destination weddings can be tricky, especially given the weather conditions or legal requirements in some countries. The following can therefore be taken as a list of destination wedding location ideas – or a list of elements to incorporate in your wedding. Even if you can’t make it to Sweden for your wedding, for example, you can still probably arrange to serve Swedish cuisine at your wedding.
Thai Culture “Marriage Made in Heaven”
People getting married in Thailand have a choice of civil ceremonies or traditional Buddhist weddings. Three to nine monks will be present at a traditional ceremony, and there will always be an odd number of monks.
On the morning of the ceremony, the groom’s party will lead a parade to the bride’s house from about half a mile away. The groom will try to time his arrival at exactly 9:09 a.m., for that is considered a propitious time. Traditional Thai weddings are elaborate affairs that last hours. The morning ceremony is dedicated to prayer and ends with the couple having lunch with the monks. During an afternoon ceremony, the bride and groom’s hands are bound with a chain of flowers. The evening reception is a massive feast that typically serves 100 to 300 guests.
Summer weddings in Mexico
Weddings in Mexico typically take place on summer evenings. While the groom usually dresses for comfort, the bride wears clothing that reflects regional influences. She might wear a white dress, or she might wear something far more colorful. In some regions, the bride will sew yellow, blue and red ribbons into her underwear that represent food, money and passion.
During the ceremony, the groom gives the bride 13 gold coins called “arras” that represent Christ and his Apostles. At the end of the ceremony, the priest wraps a lazo or lasso in a figure eight around the couple’s necks to symbolize the permanence of their union. The lazo can be a rope, a large rosary or a chain of flowers.
Swedish wedding feasts
The traditional Swedish wedding feast or smorgasbord lasts three days and often includes kottbullar (Swedish meatballs), inlagd sil (pickled herring) and lingonsylt (lingonberry jam). To ensure their daughter’s prosperity, the bride’s father would put a gold coin in her right shoe and her mother would put a silver coin in her left shoe.
Wedding parties in Morocco
In Morocco, a wedding celebration can last for up to a week with the actual ceremony being held on the fourth day. During many of the parties, the men and women celebrate separately. On the last day, however, everybody gets together to carry the couple to a special room to consummate their marriage. The women carry the bride on a cushion, while the men carry the groom on their shoulders.
Sawing logs in Germany
German couples are expected to put their marriage to the test right after the ceremony. They have to saw a log in half together in front of their guests. The log-sawing tradition is meant to display the coupe’s ability to work together and confront any difficulties that might come their way.
Ducks in Korea
In Korea, a groom used to give wild ducks or geese to his mother-in-law as proof of his devotion to her daughter. These birds mate for life, and the groom was thus promising to be similarly faithful. In modern times, the groom and bride give wooden carvings of these birds to each other as a promise of fidelity.
Beach wedding in Jamaica
A traditional Jamaican wedding involves the entire community with everybody helping with the preparations – and those preparations often involve making a lot of food. The celebration can last days with several receptions being held, including one at the groom’s house and one at the bride’s parents’ house. Before the actual ceremony, married women dressed in white carry cakes to the wedding in a silent and solemn procession. The traditional black wedding cake is a rum fruitcake.
About the author: Yazi Jepson is a freelance content writer. Currently, she writes for Port Conference, a company that provides wedding venues for hire in Port Macquaries. Yazi loves writing anything about women and lifestyle. She spends her leisure time baking cookies, watching Netflix, and traveling whenever possible.