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7 Strange Wedding Traditions

Fun and somewhat strange wedding traditions Weddings are full of tradition, but where do these traditions come from? Are they the same everywhere you go? Really, weddings look as different on one side of the world than the other as they do from one time period than another. This is important to keep in mind when you are planning your wedding. Following tradition is great, but there are so many different traditions out there, that if you wanted to pull a bit from each you would end up with a non-traditional traditional wedding!

Let's take a look at some different and somewhat strange wedding traditions across the world and throughout history:

1) In parts of Africa the parents of the bride and groom bring fire from each of their hearths to light the hearth of the newlyweds. What a neat way to show a blessing on a marriage and the continuation of their families! 2) The tradition to have tiered cakes came from a game where a bride and groom tried to kiss over their cake (some tried to make it really challenging!) without knocking it over. This seems like a tradition that needs to be brought back! 3) Speaking of wedding cakes, they started way back when in ancient Rome when Romans would break a loaf of bread over the brides head to ensure fertility! 4) The month of June is a popular month for weddings. Heck there are even movies about it! But do you know why?  It all stemmed from the goddess Juno because she is the ruler over marriage, home, and childbirth! 5) In Denmark it was tradition for the bride and groom to cross dress as a way of confusing evil spirits. Quite a different image than the little girl one day dreaming of her wedding dress! 6) Unlike many western brides who work to shed weight to look their "best" on their wedding days, Mauritania brides are actually sent to "fat farms" to ensure that they have stomach rolls, stretch marks, and touching thighs. It is supposed to represent that their new husband is wealthy enough to keep her luxuriously fed. 7) In India, women who are born as Mangliks (something to do with the location of Mars and Saturn) are thought to be cursed. The curse would cause an early death for her husband. So, to break the curse she must first be married to a tree that is then cut down.

Which strange wedding traditions would you try and which do you find the most strange?

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A Wedding Cake Topper For EVERY Couple

A Wedding Cake Topper For Every Couple
Not every bride and groom come have the same tastes, the same interests, or come from the same background, so not every cake topper should look the same. Wedding Collectibles attempts to provide unique and individualized cake toppers that can give any couple a variety of choices no matter the difference in sexuality, ethnicity, or religion.  Crystal Romance Gay Wedding Cake TopperA Cake Topper for Same Sex Couples: Times are changing and more and more same sex couples are able to and are choosing to get married. Wedding Collectibles wants to help these couples to celebrate their big day by offering a wide selection of romantic same sex couple wedding cake toppers. We have both gay and lesbian couple cake toppers ranging from more traditionally styled and a mix and max selection
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Ty Wilson Hispanic Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper FigurineAnd One For Any Religion: If you are highly religious you may want to try and find a wedding cake topper the features that faith. The cake topper represented above includes a small rosary that adds a subtle and beautiful emphasis on the couple's Catholic religion. Adding an emphasis on a religion that is a part of your every day life would be a perfect touch to your big day!
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Additions to your Non-Traditional Day

Your wedding planning experience will vary depending on the budget and look and feel you’re going for on your big day. While most brides will choose something elegant, understated, and refined (probably something with soft lighting, a plated dinner, and white branches), there are always a handful of brides who will scoff  at such a venture and opt instead for a bouncy house. This is for those brides.   The “wedding experience” is not universal, and nowhere is it written in stone that you must conform to a certain set of standards for your event to count as a wedding. Do you want your guests to kick off their shoes and dance barefoot in the grass? Do you want orange dreamsicles instead of a fancy cake? Do you want the youngest members of your family to have as much fun as the oldest? Cool. Here are a couple of ideas for your awesome wedding:

A Bouncy House!
A bounce house is a colorful air-filled palace of joy and bruising. As long as all kids are properly supervised (and you make it clear that there will be no lifeguard on duty during the reception), there’s no reason why a bounce house couldn’t be a great addition to your reception. Obviously, this venture is best suited to outdoor weddings, but you’ll be amazed how fast your guests turn into 5-year-olds as soon as the thing is inflated. The pictures you’ll get due to the goings-on of the bounce house will be worth every penny you drop on the house (and, by the way, the pennies will be much fewer than other wedding staples, such as a photo booth). Crayons!
For the brides who still ask for the kids menu due to the many coloring opportunities, this option might quicken your pulse. Forget fancy (and expensive) linens for butcher paper and small buckets of crayons at each table and watch your guests glue their noses to the table as they try to beat their neighbor at tick-tack-toe or doodle all through the night. Brides with more traditional weddings can pull this off too, though you might restrict it to the kids table or opt for fancier buckets.   If you’re going for a casual wedding where crayons and a bounce house won’t be out of place, just make sure you warn your guests on your invitation or save-the-date. You don’t have to spell it out for them, but the style of the stationary and accompanying casual pictorials can be helpful.

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