Chinese dating and marriage rituals
At the reception, the bride would often change gowns several times throughout the night to display the opulence of her family.
Activities On the morning of the wedding, the groom and groomsmen would make their way to the bride's home where the bridesmaids would give the groom a hard time by forcing him to negotiate his way into the house (with money).
Activities During the ceremony, the groom would give his bride 13 gold coins, called , which symbolized Christ and his apostles.
Following the vows, the priest would wrap a lazo, or lasso (a large rosary, rope or a band of flowers), in a figure eight around the couple's necks to represent their eternal unity. The traditional Mexican wedding cake is made with nuts and dried fruit and soaked in rum.
The night before their wedding, Italian brides wore green as it was meant to bring good luck.
Revive the tradition yourself by pinning on an emerald brooch or tying a green sash around your rehearsal dinner dress.
It would also be their responsibility to guide the bride throughout her married life.
When With almost 20 hours of sunlight each day, summer was considered prime wedding season.
Added Perk After the wedding feast, friends and family would follow the couple into their bedroom, making as much noise as possible and taunting them—all in good fun, of course.
Some wear it around their necks for male guests to drop in money in exchange for a dance.
When Chinese couples consulted an astrologer or fortune-teller to find a favorable date derived from their birth dates.
Guests tried to stay in the room for as long as they could before the privacy-starved couple kicked them out. Attire The bridal attire would vary depending on the region, from simple white cotton to a colorfully embroidered huipil.
Spanish-inspired mantilla veils were common as well.Attire A crown of myrtle leaves on the bride's head represented virginity, while a gold coin from her father in her right shoe and a silver one from her mother in her left shoe guaranteed she would never go without.Activities In some regions, brides and bridesmaids also carried bouquets of fragrant weeds to ward off trolls (seriously! The couple would also enter the church together, and the first to step foot over the threshold was said to become the relationship’s leader.Villagers might also set up a log for the newlyweds to saw through with a double-handed saw, representing how they would work together in their new partnership.