Wedding Traditions

There’s something magical about saying “I do” in front of your friends and families. In western tradition, we have a number of traditions most brides and grooms follow on their big day. The bride dawns a gorgeous white gown, everyone watches as she walks down the aisle, and there’ usually a ceremony afterwards for celebrating with loved ones.

It turns out every corner of the globe has their own way of celebrating wedding days. From the outlandish to the romantic, there’s so much to discover when you look into worldwide wedding traditions. In this article, we’ll explore 5 of the most interesting customs from around the globe. Who knows? You might opt to include some of these in your own big day.


1. San San Kudo, Japan

In Japan, the wedding focuses on the merging of the bride’s and groom’s family. One of the most traditional ceremonies is known as San San Kudo. This translates to “three three nine times, and this tradition dates back to the 1600s, making it one of Japan’s oldest traditions that’s still practiced in wedding today.

In this ceremony, the couple drinks sake, sometimes joined by the parents, to symbolize the binding of their families. Sake is sipped from traditional cups, stacked one on top of the other. Each spouse sips three time, hence the name. Three is a lucky number in Japanese culture since it can’t be divided in two. Romance and sake? What’s not to love!

2. Log Cutting, Germany

In Germany, brides and grooms literally put their love to the test immediately after saying their bows. During the ceremony, newlyweds work together to saw a log in half in front of all of their guests. It might sound like a lot of work to manage in a wedding dress, but it’s intended to show just how well the bride and groom work together as a team.


3. Joota Chupai, India

Joota Chupai, also known as traditional shoe stealing, is a fun game of hijinks played at traditional Indian weddings. Following the Baraat ceremony, the groom takes off his shoes. Then, the brides sisters, cousins, and other female relatives “steal” his shoes, hiding them somewhere in the venue.

Throughout the hiding, the groom’s family is supposed to thwart the bride’s family from taking the shoes. Once the groom realizes his shoes are missing, he then must search the venue and often bribe the women to return them. This game might sound a bit silly, but it’s intended to symbolize the acceptance of both families and a welcoming of laughter and fun.

4. Carrying Fire, South Africa

While we don’t often see much fire at our weddings, in South Africa, fire is a part of the tradition. Parents of the bride and groom bring fire that’s from their own fireplaces into the home of the newlyweds. The bride and groom then use this firewood to “ignite” their own family together in their new home.

5. Black Dress, Spain

Finally, in a traditional Spanish wedding, you probably won’t catch the bride wearing a traditional white gown. That’s right, these brides usually wear black to symbolize “till death do us part.” It might be a bit extreme, but we have to admit there’s something romantic about the bold, dramatic statement on your wedding day. To see more bridal gowns, visit You’ll find something that matches your own tradition.

Worldly Traditions and Customs

If this list proves anything, it’s that there’s no one-size-fits-all for your big day. It’s about having the best time you can with those you love. From untraditional gowns to chopping logs, the world is a surprisingly romantic place.

You can welcome traditions and customs from around the world or pave your own path. No matter what you do, make sure the day really feels like it belongs to you and your partner.