Wedding traditions in Germany may not seem all different from the other countries but there are some different things in German weddings. These different things of course differ from region to region. First of all, invitations are send in a very classic way, an official inviter who is dressed in fancy clothes with flowers and ribbons goes door to door to extend a personal, rhyming invitation to the guests. Guests accept it by pinning ribbons to his hat and offer him a drink. In Germany, breaking dishes, pots and anything that will break into and then cleaning it up together is said to bring good luck to the bride and groom just before the wedding. The thought behind this is to prepare bride and groom for facing life’s difficulties and hardships together.
Instead of wearing a veil German brides wear tiara or flowery headband and they also wear dresses without trains. After the ceremony, the bride and groom must saw a log in half to symbolize overcoming life’s tough challenges together and the guests throw rice at the couple. It is said that whatever amount stays in bride’s hair is the number of children the couple will have. At midnight, the bride is bling folded and she must catch a bridesmaid who is dancing around her. The bridesmaid she catches will be the next girl to marry. Married women then tied the bridal bonnet on her bridesmaid and she must dance with the groom’s male relatives around three lit candles on the floor. It is said about these candles that if they stay lit, the marriage will be smooth and calm.
Another pre wedding custom occurs when the friends and family of the bride and groom create a wedding newspaper that is filled with pictures, articles, stories of the engaged couple. The paper is sold at the reception to assist the expenses of honeymoon trip. The weddings in Germany are not so different to American or English weddings when it comes to gift, money, bowls, vases etc.
A bridal cup is a great gift for the couple which is known as wedding cup or maiden cup dates back centuries ago to a little town called Nurnberg in the southern part of Germany and it is the popular German wedding custom. It is done in the remembrance of a true love story of goldsmith and a noble mistress, whose father had thrown the goldsmith in a dark dungeon and said him that if he can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time then he will marry her daughter to him.
He fulfilled the condition and made a sculpted girl with a sweat smile and her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so that it could be filled with and then swung towards a second drinker.
The bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago. To this day and too many couples the challis remains a symbol. Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.