Fancy a little bit of a foxtrot with the bride at her wedding? You better come with a roll of dough if you are in Cuba! Guests that request a spot on the dancefloor with the bride are expected to cough up some cash for the privilege.
No money exchanges hands, though. Instead, the guests pin the crisp bills to the wedding dress, leaving the bride looking like a literal money tree.
Welshmen Have the Spoon to Their Wives' Hearts
Welshmen do not hold the key to their womens’ hearts but rather the spoon to their womens’ hearts. The Welsh “love spoon” is a somewhat old-fashioned but very endearing tradition.
Carpentry was a highly prized skill in the good old days in Wales, and the ability to impress with a spoon carved with intricate patterns and designs bode well for a future husband’s chances. Nowadays, spoons are not meant for actual use but rather decorative statements of love.
A Herb That Will Help Singles Find Love
Here’s another instance of benevolent brides blessing their bridesmaids with a chance at everlasting happiness. In Wales, the humble herb myrtle is synonymous with love. Welsh brides are known to gift their bridesmaids with a myrtle plant which each must plant as soon as possible.
As the folklore goes, the bridesmaid whose myrtle is first to blossom will be next to wed. The bride will carry myrtle in her bouquet and even tie it around her wrists to sprinkle some extra martial magic on the bridesmaids.
Guatemalan Wedding Bells Don’t Ring
Guatemalan mothers do not ring the bells for their sons’ weddings but instead smash them to smithereens. No, this isn’t in protest at their choice of a bride! Instead, inside the bells is a variety of grain, flour, and rice which symbolize bountifulness, success, and wealth for the newlyweds.
The act of the groom’s mother cracking the bells open and spilling the food on the ground is said to bestow these blessings on the couple’s union.
The Bride vs the Groom in an Eating Competition
This Russian wedding tradition involves eating your way to being the head of the house. The korovai is a local delicacy, sweet bread that can be delectably plain or deliciously extravagant. A wreath and two rings on the bread bless the couple with fidelity and prosperity.
The couple has to bite out a mouthful of the bread, and whoever bites the biggest piece is de facto the head of the household!