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Wedding Traditions

We know that in Scotland we’ve pretty much nailed how to throw fantastic wedding parties. But we’re always open to new ideas, so here are 5 of our wedding traditions from around the world. We reckon they could just be worth adopting…

First Look

We think the credit for this goes to the USA. A first look is all about the couple getting to see each other for the first time.

This tends to happen ahead of the ceremony, away from all the guests. Not only is it super-romantic it’s also a great way of capturing authentic couple shots of the two of you before the wedding and seeing all your guests.

It’s also one to bear in mind if you’re planning a winter wedding with a candle ceremony as it could give you the added bonus of having natural light portraits ahead.

1000 Cranes

Think less construction and more bird. This Japanese tradition is all about blessing your love. The crane is used as cranes mate for life and is a symbol of love in Japan.

1000 origami cranes are created to represent 1000 years of prosperity and happiness. They can also look fantastic as part of your overall wedding decor.

The only thing to note is it takes a rather long time to make them… check out Becky and Andy’s wedding to see how they did it.

The Money Dance

This is a tradition a few countries have adopted, but Cuba is most famous for it. Basically every man who dances with the bride has to pin money onto her dress.

The idea is to help the couple pay for their wedding and honeymoon. Anyone else think that sounds like a pretty stinking idea?

To be all about equality we think this could also apply to ladies dancing with the groom.

It also sounds like a lot of fun on the dance floor…

Garland Exchange

In India the garland exchange represents the acceptance and union of the couple.

According to tradition, the garlands (known as varmalas) consist of a variety of colourful flowers (roses, carnations, marigolds) that also are used to decorate the wedding venue.

The flowers represent excitement, happiness, and beauty – all tied together on a string signifying the marital union.

Not only are the colours vivid but it’s also a touching ceremony as family members also gift the garlands, representing their part in the union.

Big Mouths

Newly married Russian couples share a wedding sweetbread called karavaya (decorated with wheat for prosperity and interlocking rings for faithfulness).

Whoever takes the biggest bite (husband or wife) without using their hands is considered the head of the family. Love it…

You can have your cake and eat it!

Any international wedding traditions you’re adopting? We’d love to hear about the. Alie x

Images by Picturesque by Mr and Mrs M, Ryan White Photography and Sam Brill Photography