At a traditional Lebanese wedding, you don’t have to endure the whole ceremony, you can get to partying straight away! The Zaffa is a Lebanese tradition of “warming up” to a ceremony.
In other words: a party before the party! The bride and groom are led out to the crowd and straight to the dance floor. After cutting the rug, the entire party makes their way to the actual wedding venue.
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!
Shaving the Groom
If you get chosen as someone’s best man for a Greek wedding, make sure you have a lot of time, money, and a very steady hand! The best man title comes with a host of responsibilities, including paying for wedding decorations, dressing the groom, and transferring the wedding rings to the couple.
A timeless tradition is that of the best man shaving the groom with a cutthroat knife. The act is intended to symbolize unbreakable trust between the two men. No Greek Sweeney Todds then...
The Latin Lasso
You do not have to put on your cowboy hats for this one. The Wedding Lasso, commonly known in Spanish as the 'lazo', is a unity ceremony that has its roots in Catholicism.
The tradition of draping a lasso around a wedded couple’s shoulders is popular in many Latin countries. While the couple is reciting their vows, their respective parents lay the lasso over their shoulders, symbolizing they are now becoming one. This sounds both cute and cumbersome, kinda like married life itself.