German Marriage Customs

German ceremony customs add a joyful meld of customs and playful challenges to a couple’s quest into marriage, from breaking dishes to sawing through logs. Family and friends gather outside the bride’s home to tear numerous porcelain dishes to bring good fortune to the child’s relationship. One such pre-wedding ritual is known as Polterabend. The couple is then required to remove all the pieces themselves, reiterating their commitment to working up through any challenges that may arise in the future.

La rotie, a post-wedding ceremony in Italy, is strongly physical and lurid, but it has a strong connection to rural tradition there. After the marriage, a group of friends abduct the bride and groom, who then transports them to a club or restaurant where they serve the newlyweds with a beverage of champagne and chocolate served in a chamber container. Following this, the couple will share a pitcher of vegetable dish, which embodies the daily friendship of a married lifestyle.

Although it may seem common to most people to pour wheat or petals on newlyweds, in Poland, oats and barley are also sprinkled on the few to wish them good fortune and fecundity. Before the wedding ceremony, the couple is also sprinkled with salt and bread, which are considered the essentials of life, to ensure that they always have what they need to survive. Additionally, it is customary for the couple to step on vodka bottles that are displayed at the venue’s „passing gates” and wish them good fortune and abundance.

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