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Something Old, Something New: Part 2


Yesterday, we highlighted some strange legends and traditions that surround weddings all over the world.
From pinching a bride for good luck, to the French drinking champagne out of a toilet, the list was pretty interesting. Today, we are shining a light on even more weird traditions in the second part of our series.

Does your family practice any of these traditions? Or do you have another that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below.


  • In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
  • In Spartan culture, brides would have to shave their heads, dress up like men and were captured by their husbands the night before the wedding.
  • In traditional German weddings, guests are asked to bring the couple any type of porcelain (but not glass), that is then smashed in belief that it will ward off evil spirits.
  • Engagement announcements, or “posting the banns,” in Catholic wedding tradition to announce an upcoming marriage was originally a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
  • Though we couldn’t find any additional research on the topic, apparently Scottish brides-to-be are taken by surprise by their friends ahead of the big day, and pelted with all sorts of rubbish such as curdled milk, dead fish, spoiled food, tar and feathers. She is then tied to a tree and after taken for a night of drinking. The belief is that if she can withstand this kind of treatment, she can handle anything that comes her way in her marriage.
  • Peas or lentils are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice to help with fertility.




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