Four Surprising (and Slightly Strange) Wedding Traditions from Around the World

We talk a fair amount about wedding trends and traditions here in America. But what about the rest of the world? After all, marriage isn’t unique to this country. In fact, most countries having been getting hitched far longer than we have. 

Today, we wanted to look at a few of the more “interesting” traditions we’ve seen out there.  

Now, we’re not here to judge. After all, what’s strange to one culture is completely normal to another. Americans certainly have their fair share of peculiar traditions. What matters is that two people are deciding to spend the rest of their lives together. 

That being said, you probably won’t be eager to incorporate any of these practices into your own wedding. 

Shooting Arrows at the Bride – China 

Yes, you read that correctly. A minority group in China called the Yugar people have the groom shoot three arrows at the bride. Don’t worry, these arrows don’t have arrow heads on them, which means they are harmless. 

Once the shooting is over, the groom takes the arrows and breaks them, ensuring that their love will last forever.  

Smashing Dishes  Germany 

You may have heard of Greeks smashing plates at certain celebrations, but tradition is a little different. 

In Germany, it’s called polterabend. The night before the wedding, guests go into the house of the bride (or her father) and break an excessive amount of porcelain dishes to bring good luck to the wedding. The smashing party is open to whoever wants to join, meaning things can get pretty chaotic and messy. 

However, they don’t smash glass or mirrors. Glass symbolizes happiness and as we all know, breaking a mirror is bad luck. After that, the bride and groom are left with cleanup duty. 

Beating the Feet of the Groom – Korea 

According to this Korean tradition, before a groom can enjoy his first night as a married man, he has his feet stripped bare, his ankles are tied together, and then friends and family take turns beating his feet with a rod or stick.  

Sometimes a dead fish is used. 

While this is going on, the groom is quizzed, testing his knowledge and making sure he’s ready to be a husband. 

Délicieux Toilette La Soupe: France 

We’ve saved the strangest for last. In case you’re a little rusty on your French, that name essentially translates to “delicious toilet soup”. Concerned where this is going? You should be. 

After the ceremony and reception, friends of the bride and groom break into the bride and groom’s room and fill a toilet with left over bits of food, drink, and trash lying around from the celebration. Before they leave, both the bride and groom must take a taste of this toilet soup.  

Recently, it’s become common to use champagne or chocolate instead of leftover food and garbage, but it’s still consumed out of toilet, so we’re not sure how much better that makes it. 

Why do they do this? Apparently, it’s supposed to give the bride and groom fuel for the rest of their evening. 

Every Wedding Needs Good Food 

Regardless of what traditions you may or may not follow, every wedding can benefit from quality food. For all of your catering needs in Dayton, Ohio, Rudy’s has you covered. Contact us today! 

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