World Wedding Cultures

This week's Wedding Wednesday is full of culture, and tradition, and love, and red. Yes, red. While doing some research for this post, I found that there are a lot of cultures that use red as their special day.

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In Indian culture (specifically Hindu ceremonies), brides traditionally wear red saris, as they symbolize new life and good luck. A necklace is also given to the bride to signify her new marital status. And the groom? He gets to wear a turban with a veil of flowers.

Like Hindu weddings, traditional Chinese weddings favor the color red for their ceremonies. In China, red represents love, joy, and prosperity. Everything from the bride's dress, to the invitations, to the day-of home decor.

Mexican weddings have one of my favorite things for their receptions: a piñata! During the couple's first dance, the weddings guests form a heart around them as they dance. How sweet. :)

Like any good Russian celebration, the weddings are full of drinks and fun. After the first toast by a close friend or family member, everyone throws their champagne glasses on the ground.

It's not that Kate and William didn't do a good job of showing us what a true British wedding looks like- I just wanted to do some digging. Did you know that British bridesmaids always wear white? Also, the top layer of the wedding cake is often used for the christening of the couple's first child. So long 1 year anniversary cake, we'll see ya after we've got a bun in the oven.

Now go celebrate your new cultured self by watching a foreign film. Maybe Kung-Fu, or Bollywood, or Doctor Zhivago. (Okay, maybe not the last one...)