• With different religions and ethnicities comes different cultures and traditions weddings are no exception here.
  • In some cultures the bride's dress is said to ward off evil spirits; in others it's a dance or action. [Instead of referring to cultures here, could say something like "In some parts of the world"]
  • In almost all cultures, there's a way for the guests to wish the newlyweds good luck in starting their life together.

In any culture, weddings are often a time for celebration, family, and tradition but these things can look very different from one culture to the next.

In the US, it's pretty standard to see the bride toss her bouquet over her shoulder into a jumping crowd of single hopefuls. Travel to Germany and you may find couples sawing a giant log in half or clearing smashed plates from the ground. Attend nuptials in Nigeria and you could end up showering the bride in cash.

Of course, it's also important to remember that not everyone from a certain country or culture practices the same things.

Here are 27 unique wedding traditions from around the world.

At a traditional Filipino wedding, the bride and groom often each release a white dove.

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Together the doves are a symbol of a successful marriage to come.

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The guests may smash porcelain dishes on the ground at a German wedding, a custom that is believed to ward off evil spirits.

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The bride and groom would then clean up the mess, proving they can handle anything that comes their way.

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When the bride and groom arrive at a traditional Guatemalan wedding, it's customary for the groom's mother to break a white ceramic bell filled with grains.

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The belief is that it means the couple will be prosperous.

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At traditional Irish weddings it's customary for a bell to be rung after the couple reads their vows.

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The bell is believed to ward off evil spirits.

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Mandarin ducks are known to mate for life, so the belief at a traditional Korean wedding is that including wooden ducks in the ceremony will represent the marriage being celebrated.

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The mother of the groom will then typically throw a carved wooden duck or goose to the bride. It's believed that if she catches the bird, her first child will be a boy if she doesn't it will be a girl.

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It's considered traditional at conventional Venezuelan weddings to try sneaking out of the reception without getting caught.

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If they succeed, it's said to be good luck. It's also good luck though for the guest who realizes they're gone.

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It's customary for the koumbaros or the best man to shave the groom's face while other friends and family usually help get him dressed and ready for a traditional Greek wedding ceremony.

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The act of shaving represents the trust between the groom and his best man, while the dressing help gives everyone else a hand in assisting the groom on his special day.

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Wedding guests throw confetti traditionally sugar-coated almonds, but it can be small pieces of paper at the newlyweds during a traditional Italian wedding. The treats are also called bomboniere when they're tied up in little bags as gifts for guests.

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This practice dating back to the ancient Roman times represents gratitude, health, and happiness from the newlyweds to their guests, and well wishes from the guests to the couple.

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Newlyweds may use a two-handed saw to break through a log together during the Baumstamm Sgen ritual at traditional German weddings.

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This represents the first challenge they face together as a couple.

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During traditional Japanese weddings, the bride, groom, and both sets of parents each take three sips from three sake cups.

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This part of the ceremony represents the formal bonding of the two married families.

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Jewish wedding ceremonies of all denominations of the faith typically end with one or both of the newlyweds stomping on a glass.

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There are many different interpretations of this time-honored tradition, but they almost all boil down to this: The Jewish notion that where there is happiness, there must also be a reminder of suffering. Many people will say the stomping usually on a wine glass wrapped in a cloth napkin is in remembrance of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

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Traditional Peruvian wedding cakes have ribbons coming out of them that are tied to charms and baked inside the cake.

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One ribbon is tied to a fake wedding ring, and if a single woman gets the piece with the ring, it's said she will be the next one to get married.

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When the groom removes his shoes as part of a traditional Hindu ceremony, female members of the bride's family will sometimes steal and hide them.

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After attempting to search for his shoes, the groom will ultimately have to negotiate to get them back. The ritual is called Joota Chupai it's all done in the name of good fun and helps the families bond.

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The tossing of the bouquet has caught on at weddings all over the world, but it actually originated in England.

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Single women at the wedding gather behind the bride as she tosses her bouquet over her shoulder. Whoever catches the flowers is believed to be the next of the bunch to get married.

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During traditional weddings of the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania, it's customary for the bride's father to spit on her, a custom that is said to be a sort of blessing.

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For some people, "spit represents an essence of you as a person, University College London anthropologist Jerome Lewis told CNN. So spitting is seen as a way of blessing people by giving something of yourself; your own power to someone else, he said.

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Traditional Chinese weddings customarily feature lots and lots of the color red.

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It's customary for a Chinese bride to wear a red veil and carry a red umbrella open over her head. The color is said to be important as a symbol of luck, love, boldness, and wealth.

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Australian newlyweds often will keep what's known as a unity bowl on display in their home, which their family fills with colorful stones.

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The filled bowl is supposed to show how the family has added color to the couple's life.

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Tabua is a beached whale's tooth that has been treated and threaded onto a palm fiber cord. Since it's rare to find a beached whale, tabua is precious it's also an important part of some traditional Fijian weddings.

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It's customary for the hopeful groom to present a wreath of tabua to his bride or her father when proposing.

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A sehra is a headdress typically worn in Indian and Pakistani weddings that has a beaded or flower veil.

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[don't know why but "some sort of " sounds a little off to me, like it's a confusing thing. would cut it just in case and reference that it's typically worn in Pakistani and Indian weddings in this slide so anyone who stops scrolling here doesn't feel like hasn't been represented. Could keep bit about evil eye on second slide though]

Traditionally, the groom will usually wear it to protect him from the evil eye.

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It's a longstanding tradition at Nigerian weddings for guests to spray the bride with cash when she and her groom first step onto the dance floor.

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It's said to symbolize the guests' hope for the couple's good fortune. The bridesmaids then have to collect all the bills.

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In a traditional Shinto wedding in Japan, the bride might wear all white, including a kimono and hood.

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The white is a symbol of her status as a young, unmarried woman, and the hood is said to hide the horns of jealousy that she has for her mother-in-law-to-be.

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Immediately following a traditional German wedding ceremony, the newlyweds are typically greeted outside by their friends, who have painted or drawn a heart onto a bed sheet.

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The bride and groom are each given a pair of scissors to cut out the heart, and then the groom carries the bride through the heart-shaped hole.

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In traditional weddings for Dong, or Kam, people in southern China, a ritual that involves stealing a chicken is considered customary.

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It's been modified over the years as views on marriage and animal rights have changed, but the main concept of men competing to rip chickens from poles they're carried in on still persists it used to determine whether a bride was able to marry outside the family.

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Planting a tree in the bride's name is a traditional practice you may find in Czech weddings.

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The gift is sometimes given from the bride's friends and family to her, and it's believed that she'll then live as long as the tree.

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Karavay is a bread typically served at a Russian wedding and shared by the newly married couple. Sometimes it's decorated with wheat and interlocking rings representing prosperity and faithfulness respectively.

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The couple typically bites into the bread without using their hands, and it's believed whoever takes the bigger of the two will be the head of the family.

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Sometimes at a traditional Spanish wedding, the groom's best friend will cut up the groom's tie.

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He'll then go around the party selling the pieces to guests, raising money for the newlyweds. The bride's friends may do the same with her garter.

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At some French weddings, guests will gift the newlyweds a brand-new chamber pot, a portable toilet that was popular before indoor plumbing.

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It's a longstanding tradition for the bride and groom to drink a combination of alcohol and sweets leftover from the party before they turn in for the night. Friends and family mix them a drink inside of the chamber pot. All in good fun, of course.

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