It’s not as simple as getting down on one knee for some men around the world… in fact it can be much harder than that. From finding a whale’s tooth to chopping a log in half, we've found five unusual wedding traditions that you probably haven't heard of.
Fiji: In Fiji, before asking for a woman’s hand in marriage, a man must first seek approval by the father of their partner by presenting to him a whale’s tooth. The unusual type of proposal signifies strength and a man’s capability of feeding and looking after his wife.
Philipines: In the Philippines, the bride and groom will release two white doves into the air on their wedding day. The release symbolizes prosperity, harmony and a peaceful life for the couple. If you wish to, you can incorporate the Philippine tradition and set free white doves at your wedding day. It's a beautiful way to symbolize peace and harmony.
Germany: In Germany, once a bond is sealed at a wedding, the couple must instantly cut a log in half in front of all guests. The wedding ritual displays the couples’ ability to work in unison and combine their strength.
India: In India; henna is a wedding tradition that stems back from the day of dot. At a wedding, female attendees hands’ are stained with henna dye in very detailed and intricate patterns to represent joy, happiness and love. If you’re interested in trying out henna in Australia, it is available at stand up stores, markets and at other locations for affordable prices. If you wish to take on the Indian tradition for your wedding day, you can hire out a henna artist that will stain your guests’ hands.
Australia: It might be unheard of here in Australia, but a common wedding tradition is to have a unity bowl. Basically, all guests are given a stone at the couple’s wedding; a topaz, quartz, jade, marble or others. After the wedding ceremony, they will put these delicate stones into a decorative bowl that is kept by the bride and groom. The stones will always remind the couple of the presence and support of their family and guests, which have attended their wedding.
All of these wonderful wedding traditions are worth trying out. No matter which part of the world you are from, your guests are likely to be entertained and amazed with what you choose.
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