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Transcript of Wedding Traditions
The first day of a German wedding is a court house wedding, because in Germany getting married just in a church is against the law.
Flowers play a large role in German weddings. The church is decorated with many flowers. When the bride and groom leave the church, the ribbon from the bride's bouquet is tied to the antenna of the car. The car's hood will be covered in flowers to show that the people in the car just got married.
Alyssa, Bianca, Erin, Renee, Sajal
Weddings in Germany usually last 3 days, not necessarily consecutively. The first day is a ceremony in a court house, the second day is a large informal party, and the third day is a church ceremony and a reception.
mother collects towels and household items to give to daughters when they get married
prepares bride for housekeeping
During engagement the rings are put on the left hand.
During the wedding the bride and groom switch the rings to the right hand
The second day of German weddings, the close friends and family gather for a casual party where they break pottery for good luck. This is called polterabend.
The third day of German weddings is the church ceremony and the reception with family and friends.
The invitation is two sided (English and Hebrew)
After the engagement, the bride and groom meet with the Rabi (a person) to pick out a date for the wedding and to be properly advised
What is a Ketuba?
Couples in Germany wear their wedding bands on their left hand during their engagement but change them to their right hand during their wedding ceremony . Their wedding bands usually are very simple and the bride and groom get matching bands.
The bride and groom must stay at the reception until all of the guests have gone home. The parties can go very late and the bride and groom, don't usually leave until around 3 or 4 am.
The first dance at a German wedding is done by the bride and groom and is done to a waltz. Then a second dance is done where the bride dances with her father, the groom dances with his mother and the bride's mother dances with the groom's father.
~Multiple days of celebrations
~3 Main celebrations
Formal party that takes place day before wedding
Mehndi (henna) applied to bride
Traditionally bride doesn’t take part in celebrations (dancing, singing) and keeps face hidden in veil
Groom makes way to brides home on richly decked horse or decorated car, Baraat (family and friends) follow
Groom welcomed by brides family with floral garlands and rose petals
Legal binding ceremony usually occurs
brides sisters and friends steal grooms shoes in exchange for money
groom is offered milk by brides sisters/friends in exchange for money
Grand reception thrown by grooms parents
First public appearance of newly wed couple
Giving a lei symbolizes love, affection, and respect
A kiss on the cheek or a hug is given when adorning someone with a lei
There are different ways to have a lei exchange
Bride and groom exchange at the beginning of ceremony
Bride ans groom exchange leis before exchanging rings
Parents of bride and groom present leis to their child
Koa wood bowl represents integrity and strength
Ti leaf represents prosperity, health and blessing of the body, mind, and spirit
This is the uniting of two individuals into one. It is symbolized by pouring 2 different colours of sand in a container.
Guests throw rice at the bride and groom as they leave the church, on their way to the reception. It is said that the couple will have as children as there are grains of rice that stay in the bride's hair.
• The Ketuba is a contract which is written in Aramic and it outlines the grooms role to the bride
Before The Ceremony
the Ketuba gets signed
the veiling ceremony occurs
During the Ceremony
seating plans with both families
groomsmen, best man bridesmaids, groom, and bride walk under the Chuppah
rabbi reads the Ketuba and the couple drinks wine
must be gold
under grooms right foot
Everyone yells "Mazel Tav" at the end
symbolizes the destruction of the temple and a man's short life on earth
secluded area for bride and groom
Conclusion of the Celebration
chanting of blessings
prayer is read
another wine drinking
During this time, musicians, playing traditional Greek music, accompany the groom to the church. After this, the musicians will go to the home of the bride and travel with her as she makes her way to the ceremony.
crowns put over couples heads to symbolize the union of the couple as well as their rule over the household
2 significant dances preformed
preformed by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony
preformed in a circle at the wedding reception
money is pinned to the brides dress during their first dance at the reception