As much as we love a bouquet toss, there are so many other wedding traditions around the world that intrigue us. We polled the office for favorite wedding customs and delved into the meaning behind them. Borrow one (or all!) and begin a new tradition for your family!
Italy: Five Almonds
Every guest receives five sugar-coated almonds (aka Jordan almonds) to signify five wishes for the bride and groom: happiness, health, long life, wealth, and fertility.
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Leave it to the French to make an even more exquisite version of the wedding cake. The croquembouche, an impressive tower of cream puffs enrobed in chocolate or sugary strands, replaces the traditional tiered pastry.
Philippines: Rose Ceremony
During a Filipino wedding ceremony, the bride and groom give each of their mothers a rose to represent a blossoming of the love their mothers bestowed on them when they were born.
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Netherlands: The Perennial Lily-of-the-Valley
It’s tradition in Dutch culture for the couple’s friends and family to plant lily-of-the-valley flowers, a symbol of happiness, around the couple’s home. As the flowers blossom every year, so does the couple’s love for each other.
Laos: Baci Ceremony
In Laotian weddings, the couple is blessed during the Baci Ceremony, a ritual in which guests tie strings around the couple’s wrists and say a prayer.
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Wales: Myrtle for Your Maid
A new take on the bouquet toss! Welsh brides often carry a bouquet of myrtle, a symbol of love. She gifts a cutting to her bridesmaids to plant, and if it blooms, they’ll marry soon!