Unique wedding traditions

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Discover Unique Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Weddings are a celebration of love and commitment, and every culture has its own unique traditions that make the occasion even more special. From colorful ceremonies to symbolic gestures, these wedding traditions from around the world are sure to inspire and delight.

India, it is customary for the bride to wear a red sari or lehenga on her wedding day. Symbolizing prosperity and good luck. In some regions, henna is also applied to the bride’s hands and feet in intricate patterns to ward off evil spirits.

Japan, the bride and groom exchange nuptial cups of sake during the ceremony, symbolizing their union and commitment to each other. They give the cups to their parents as a sign of gratitude and respect.

Ghana, it is traditional for the groom’s family to present the bride’s family with gifts such as money, clothes, and food as part of the dowry. This symbolizes the groom’s ability to provide for his bride and shows respect for her family.

Mexico, the bride and groom exchange 13 coins during the ceremony, known as arras, which symbolize their commitment to each other. Their willingness to support each other financially. Coins are blessed by the priest and then presented to the bride.

Scotland, the bride and groom exchange a symbolic kiss over a sword during the ceremony. Also known as the “sword dance.” This tradition dates back to medieval times and symbolizes the couple’s commitment to protect each other.


These are just a few examples of the many unique wedding traditions from around the world. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a new tradition into your own wedding or simply want to learn more about the customs of other cultures, these traditions are sure to inspire and delight.

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