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.
Drinking Honey for a Full Month
Back in the good old days, a Scandinavian superstition was that fermented honey, known as mead, must be drunk by newlyweds every day during the first month of their marriage! Why you may ask? Scandinavians thought this would boost the couple's libido.
The tradition is long gone but it gave us something we like much better — honeymoons! We, for once, are thrilled that a term that originated in a sticky yet sweet tradition, is now used as an excuse to go to the Bahamas.
Pulling Rings Out of Cake
An almost universal belief is that a wedding itself will bring marital luck to the single guests in attendance. A tradition in Peru is to have charms tied to a ribbon and placed in-between the layers of the wedding cake.
At the end of one of these ribbons, there is a ring instead of a plain charm. Single female volunteers yank the ribbon out from the cake, hoping to get “the ring” as it means they will be next to wed!
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...
A Party, Then the Ceremony, Then Another Party
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.