Going to all our cousins and friends’ weddings to see the same traditions all over again can be quite boring. We often think, these are the rituals that can’t be escaped. But what if we experiment with our ceremonies and add some global touch to it. So let’s look at some fun wedding traditions from different parts of the world.
These 6 wedding rituals from around the world can make your wedding fun-packed.
1. Sangeet the Shakespearean way
Every girl wishes her “Romeo” to re-enact the balcony scene for her. Though everyone already loves the sangeet this amalgamation with the balcony scene is sure to be a super hit. The night before the wedding, an Italian groom throws a surprise party called “La serenata” which begins with the groom backed by musicians, serenading his fiancée, then turns into a full-blown bash, complete with a lavish buffet and all the couple’s friends and family. This Italian theme sangeet with the Shakespearean touch will be a beauty to watch.
2. Chinese Roadies
While our Indian bridesmaids are always ready to give the groom a hard time with Joota Chupai for a well-deserved ransom but Chinese bridesmaids take it a step further. They play Roadies with the groom by putting him through a series of tests and challenges to test if he is worthy of the bride. Later he must pay off the girls with envelopes full of money. This tradition is called the “wedding door games” which can be a good add on to the joota chupai rasam.
3. Vidai the Filipino way
Vidai can be quite heart wrenching for the bride and her family. In some Hindu culture the brides throw a handful of rice behind as she walks ahead with her husband towards his house. Rice is considered a sign of prosperity and throwing it behind towards her maiden house members is an acknowledgment of the unconditional love they have given her. To make the vidai more auspicious the Philippines couple releases a pair of white doves (one male and one female) into the air which represents a harmonious life together for the newly married couple. So let’s cleanse the spiritual debt with rice and at the same time look forward to a new step in life with the purity of doves.
4. Russian touch to Grah Pravesh
We have this famous Grah Pravesh ceremony in which the newlywed couple has to “Fish the Ring” out of a milk bowl in order to assert dominance between the two. In Russia the newly married couples share a sweet bread called “Korowai”, decorated with wheat as a sign of prosperity and interlocked rings for spousal faithfulness. Between the couple whoever takes the biggest bite, without using their hands is considered the dominant one among the two. So let’s assert dominance using our big mouth quite literally.
5. Save the dates
One more interesting Grah Pravesh ceremony to steal from the Korean wedding traditions. After the wedding the couple visits the groom’s family home for the “pyebaek”. At this rendezvous, the bride provides the new in-laws’ dates and chestnuts, which is symbolic of the number of sons and daughters she hopes to carry in her womb. Her in-laws will toss those dry fruits at her which she has to catch using the skirt of her hanbok. The number of those dry fruits she manages to catch is the said number of kids she will have.
6. A new catch to the Pag Phera
In pag phera the bride after her wedding visits her maternal home for the first time and lives there for a day or two after which her husband comes to take her back with the permission of her parents. Adding the Russian touch to this custom will be a fun take on this where the Russian man has to prove his worth to the bride’s parents’ at their home either by paying “ransom” for his lady or shower gifts to the bride’s family with gifts or simply humiliating himself by dancing and singing until the family is satisfied. This tradition is called “vykup nevesty”.
I hope these customs make the cut in your Big fat Indian wedding to make it an unforgettable phase of your life. Do you have any unique and awesome customs which could make weddings worthwhile? We would love to hear from you.