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“ Will you marry me?” – asked the man

Yes – answered the woman….

The ring on her finger, flowers, kisses….engagement. What’s next?

In the office of SiciliaWedding, we are working with six different cultures: The Polish, Dutch, Belgium, Italian, Japanese and Lithuanian culture. Let’s share some traditional wedding rituals in Poland, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Poland

In Poland, the wedding celebration usually contains lively polka music and dancing. If a Polish bride can drink from her glass of wine, and not spill a drop, she is considered lucky.

The “money dance” is always popular at a traditional reception in Poland. Guests pin money to the bride’s wedding dress to buy a dance from her. This ritual continues the whole evening. More traditional; the maid of honor wears an apron and collects the money for the bride. After all the guests have danced with the bride, they form a tight circle around her. The groom tries to break through the circle while the guests try hard to keep him out. Once he succeeds, he picks up his bride and carries her away from the wedding reception. The money collected during the dance is sent with them to spend on their honeymoon. After the ceremony, people throw small coins or rice – for good luck (of course everybody prefers coins). The sharing of bread, salt and wine is an important feature in a Polish wedding.

Netherlands

Traditionally before the wedding day, families of the Dutch bride and groom host a party. Guests come to bless the young couple and wish them happiness. Pine tree is present as symbol of fertility and luck. “Bridal sugar” and spiced wine known as “bride’s tears” are very commonly served at this day. On her true wedding day, the bride wears the traditional white dress with veil and gloves, while the groom is dressed in an inherited outfit passed on through generations. It is tradition that first the bride and her party enter the church and afterwards the bridegroom. If a Dutch bride was unfortunate enough to not get her father’s approval for the choice of husband, she would not receive his dowry. In this situation, the friends “showered” her with gifts or money. Dutch Weddings contain reading from the Holy Bible and singing from the book of Psalms. The passing of a silver bowl containing raisins and brandy is a part of the Dutch wedding traditions. After the wedding, the bride and the groom plant lilies-of-the-valley around their house, representing the bond of love and happiness.

Belgium

Following the ancient Belgium tradition the bride must walk up the isle  to hand over her mother a single flower which is followed by an embracing. After the wedding ceremony, the bride presents the groom’s mother a single flower, whereafter they embrace each other as well. This symbolizes the bride’s acceptance of her new “mother”. Another noteworthy wedding feature in Belgium is that the bride must carry a specially embroidered handkerchief with her name on it. This is required as after your marriage celebration, this handkerchief is framed and hung in a place of honor. This handkerchief is passed on to the next bride in the family.

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