5 Wedding Traditions from Around the World

5 Wedding Traditions from Around the World

You may want to incorporate these traditions into your own big day to increase your chances of a lifetime of love and happiness—because even the most loving couple can use a little luck.

The date is the thing in China

Picking the date is an important wedding ritual in China and sets the stage for everything that will follow. Pick the right date, and the marriage is bound to be successful; pick the wrong date, and the unlucky couple doesn’t stand a chance. The wedding pros at Cordis, Hong Kong at Langham Place, in Hong Kong, do a lot of Chinese weddings. “When picking a wedding date, couples always consult with a Chinese monk, fortune-teller, or Chinese calendar, to ensure that the wedding falls on an auspicious date.

Knowing which dates to avoid, and what seasons to stay away from, is integral to the process, which is largely determined by the bride’s birthday. Having the right wedding date is believed to bring wedding luck, and aide in the success of the marriage,” they say.

Everyone wants a piece in Spain

In Spain, good luck on your wedding day can spill over to your best friends. “The groom’s tie is cut into pieces, and auctioned off to his friends. It brings good luck to everyone who gets a piece. At many Spanish weddings, they do the same with the bride’s garter.

Getting married in Egypt leaves a mark

Egypt is the birthplace of legalizing unions, now known as marriages, between two people, but thankfully, one Egyptian wedding custom did not spread around the globe. In Egypt, brides are routinely pinched by every single female wedding guestattending the ceremony. Good times!

English brides weave a web

In England, if you have arachnophobia, you may have to choose between an unlucky marriage and the single life. Good luck here is measured in itsy bitsy you-know-whats. If you find a spider crawling somewhere on the bride’s dress, the couple is sure to have good luck. This custom makes you definitely want to avoid inviting pranksters to the wedding!

Thai couples are bound together

There’s no “Do you solemnly swear” type vows said at Thai weddings, but luck finds it way to the bride and groom nonetheless. Here, good luck is ensured through a number of ways, starting with the choice of the wedding date. To make sure that the couple picks a lucky date, and time of day to wed, astrologers are consulted. On the day itself, monks take over, wishing the couple good luck and providing them with bountiful blessings for happiness, provided they make donations, called merit making. After the ceremony, guests of the couple tie sai sin (white strings) on the couple’s wrists, which are meant to stay on for three days. If the couple complies and does not remove the sai sin, they will have good luck forever.