MyDJ Entertainment is privileged to witness many weddings. One of our favorites things is couples incorporating cultural traditions into their wedding and reception. Here are some favorite cultural wedding traditions:
Jumping the Broom: In some communities, marrying couples will end their wedding ceremony by jumping over a broomstick. The broomstick is often a family heirloom.
Tying the Knot: A close friend or officiant ties the wrists of the bride and groom together to represent their marriage. Kente cloth or strands of cowrie shells are especially significant!
Kola Nut: The kola nut represents the couples commitment to always help heal each another. The couple shares the kola nut, sometimes incorporating their immediate family, and then keeps the nut in their home afterwards.
Tying the Knot: During the wedding ceremony, the couple clasps their hands together and a ribbon or rope is wound around their joined hands as a symbol of their agreement to spend their lives together.
Bells: An old irish superstition says the sound of bells will ward off malicious spirits. Either guests can be given bells to ring during the ceremony, or the bridal party might wear a small bracelet with a bell charm.
Pebble Toss: Well wishes, prayers, and happy hopes for the couple are placed into a stone- either by writing them on the stone or have certain intentions while holding the stone. After the ceremony, the stone is thrown into a body of water. Couples can have stones available at their reception for guests to sign and a basin of water to throw the rocks into.
Sabrage: The groom uses a saber to cut the top off a bottle of champagne, leaving the cork intact.
Reception entrance: At some French weddings, guests will stand on their chairs and cheer wildly as the newly-married couple enters.
Bread and Salt: During the reception, the groom’s mother will present the couple with a specially baked loaf of bread with a salt shaker placed on top. The bride and groom will each break off a piece, dip it in salt, and then feed it to one another.
Crowning: Instead of exchanging rings at the wedding ceremony, the priest places crowns on the heads of the bride and groom.
Gorko toast: The first toast at the wedding reception is made to the newlyweds with a shot of vodka. After the shot, the guests shout, “Gorko, Gorko, Gorko…” Gorko means bitter. The newlyweds must kiss for a long time to take out the bitter taste of vodka!
Chuppah: A chuppah is a canopy in which a Jewish couple stands during their wedding ceremony.
Breaking of a glass: The breaking of the glass is a reminer that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. It is the official signal for guests to shout, “Mazel Tov!” and start partying! The groom may break the glass himself, or the couple may do it together.
Panigrahana: The groom seizes the right hand of the bride, symbolizing taking responsibility for her. The bride closes her fingers around the grooms hand, symbolizing the surrendering of her heart to the groom.
Sindor Dana: This is the tradition of the groom applying red powder into the parting of the bride’s hair.