One thing I’ve been particularly interested in is, given all these pressures, how do two cultures mesh themselves together to create an event that both parties, both families and both pairs of mothers are equally pleased with? I mean, you may have been planning your wedding in your head your entire life, but you may not have accounted for the fact that you were going to fall in love with an American, of all people. Let’s pick out the best traditions of both to create the perfect blend. On the one side, too much extravagance will cause a British person to turn up their nose in disgust, and on the other, if it feels too stiff to an American, no one will have a good time. Where to hold the wedding You can’t have a wedding without a place, and that’s typically the first decision to be made. American venues, as in most things American, the bigger the better.I’ve seen everything from brides and grooms renting out an entire museum in Chicago to an entire country club in Baltimore to changing venues midway through the day in Laguna Beach.Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds' home as a symbol of fertility and luck.15.Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.16.I have shed tears of happiness, and been in wonderment of how anyone could possibly fit all those years of love into that one day.I have no idea how so many brides and grooms get it so right under so much pressure (some wrong, but mostly right).Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove—according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.2. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.4.The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.5.
"This husband ought to hear the clanging of prison gates," threatens Mrs Young's lawyer.Therefore, I have spent a lot of time diving for bouquets; drinking (mostly) red wine, buying expensive dresses that I only ever wear once; donning shoes that are too uncomfortable to wear one evening, let alone again; and doing line dances with one too many fathers of the brides.I have given speeches, been the bridesmaid, and fallen over on the dance floor too many times to be embarrassed anymore.Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition.8. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.11.For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.13.