10 Wedding Traditions from Around the World to Try
At almost any wedding you attend, you’ll probably witness beautiful moments that celebrate the couple’s cultures. Including cultural traditions on your big day is a great way to honor your past and treat your guests to new rituals they may have never experienced. From Sri Lanka to Greece, almost every country and culture has special or sacred wedding traditions passed down from generation to generation. Read on to take a trip around the world with these 10 global wedding traditions.
1. China: In a Chinese wedding, the color red is an important part of the festivities. It is a bold and lucky color that signifies love, prosperity and happiness. Red is used everywhere from the wedding dress to the invitations. (via Sarah Culver)
2. Germany: An old German wedding tradition of cutting a log is the first obstacle that a couple has to overcome in their new life. By showing that they can work as a team to saw the log, they prove they can tackle any difficult situations that might arise in their marriage. (via Sarah Culver)
3. Greece: In Greek Orthodox weddings, the bride and groom are “crowned” with stefana (wedding crowns) joined by a white ribbon. This symbolizes unity and nobility as the queen and king of their home. (via Sachin Khona)
4. United States: For many black couples, “jumping the broom” signifies entering a new life, with a new family. This tradition began when slaves were unable to get legally married, so the act of jumping over a broom became a sign of a couple’s partnership. (via Del Sol Photography)
5. Japan: The practice of sembazuru, the folding of 1,000 paper cranes, has been a Japanese wedding tradition since ancient times. The couple make these intricate pieces of origami for weeks to symbolize the support, trust, and patience necessary for a long, happy marriage. (via Vivian Chen)
6. Mexico: In Mexico, the bonds of everlasting love are symbolized with a lasso — usually made of white ribbon or orange blossoms — placed around the couple’s shoulders in a figure-eight shape. (via Petronella Photography)
8. Slovakia: To mark a woman’s new identity as a wife, a Slovakian bride is surrounded by women in traditional Slovak dresses. They take off her veil and cover her hair with a scarf to welcome the bride into their circle. (via Peter and Veronika)
9. United States: If you’re a Southern gal or have ever been to a Southern-style wedding, then you’ve probably seen a traditional cake pull. It comes from the old Victorian tradition of baking sterling silver charms (tied to a ribbon) into the bottom level of the wedding cake and having all the single women pull them out before the cake is cut. (via Jen Huang)
10. Sri Lanka: During a Sri Lankan wedding, an uncle of the bride joins the right thumbs of the couple with a gold or white thread. The ashtaka (master of the ceremony) will bless the union while pouring water on their fingers. (via Kate Robinson)
Have you heard of any of these wedding traditions? Let us know below which were your favorite, or which ones we missed!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)