There is a tradition in the United Kingdom of the bride secreting a sixpence coin in her shoe. In Sweden, a similar tradition is followed but let us assure you; there is far more than sixpence in these stilettos!
At her wedding, a Swedish bride will receive a gold coin from her father and a silver coin from her mother to be placed in her shoes. The coins are meant to represent affluence, security, and happiness throughout the marriage.
Selling the Groom's Tie, During the Wedding!
Industrious wedding guests in Spain found a way to fundraise for the bride and groom at the wedding ceremony itself. Spanish groomsmen slice and dice the groom’s tie into tiny pieces to sell to other wedding guests! All cash collected goes straight to the newlywed’s honeymoon fund.
The tradition has also extended to cutting up the bride’s garter and demanding cash for the pieces.
One could be forgiven to think that a Romanian fiancée has turned into a runaway bride. An enduring tradition in Romanian families is kidnapping the bride-to-be and making her future husband work to get her back from her takers!
He will have to follow a series of clues, and once he has located his fiancée, he must pay a ransom, sing a song, or bring a lot of alcohol to appease the captors!
American Bourbon Burial
In some parts of America, wedding guests will accompany the bride and groom to their chosen wedding venue a few weeks before the wedding and bury a bottle of Bourbon whiskey! The quirky gesture is to appease the rain gods and hope that they do not send clouds on the wedding day.
No matter the outcome of the wedding, the guests dig up the Bourbon and empty the bottle during the reception. If they remembered where they buried it, that is…
South African Firestarters
South Africa has a diverse array of cultures. A common tradition amongst many of them is the custom of carrying fire from the parental home to the newlywed’s home. Both sets of parents light a fire in their hearths and transfer the flame to the fireplace of the honeymooners.
This symbolic act represents the light of the parents being brought to a new life as their children create a new life.