Unique Wedding Traditions from Around the World

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Alyssa Marie Photography

Your wedding is quickly approaching and you’re looking to do something unique. Not pink dress unique. Like something really unique. Something that no one will be expecting. If this sounds like you, then we suggest that you check out Wedding Party’s super awesome list of unique wedding traditions from around the world.

Trust us, there’s something for everyone. And, maybe you can find a way to incorporate one of these wedding traditions into your own wedding. Or maybe, just maybe, all of them! You never know. We have everything from rice throwing to plate smashing.

Take a look at some of our favorite wedding traditions from around the world below:

1. ARGENTINA: RICE THROWING 

Argentina’s ceremonial throwing of rice at the bride and groom as they leave the ceremony is considered to be an act of good luck and prosperity. Just be sure to check with your wedding venue first. And, as a precaution, make sure it’s okay for the birds. If you’re not comfortable with rice, try confetti! Or sprinkles!

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Love Katie + Sarah

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Megan Robinson Photography

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Lauren Reynolds Photography

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Infraordinario Studio

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 Yiannis Alefantou + Adam Alex 

2. BRAZIL: WEDDING DRESS HEM 

In Brazil, it is customary to write the names of single friends inside the hem of the bride’s wedding dress to help them find a partner.

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Ashley Marshall Photography

3. GERMANY: ‘KIDNAPPING’ THE BRIDE

Friends of the groom temporarily “kidnap” the bride away and take her to a bar. Then, when the groom finally finds his bride, he has to pay the bill.

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Daniel Kuykendall Photography

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Hurtienne Photography

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Erin Hearts Court

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Clane Gessel Photography

 4. GREECE: SMASHING PLATES 

At Greek weddings, it’s common to smash plates on the floor during the reception for good luck. Opa!

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Trevor Brucki Photography

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Rachel Muller Photography

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Melanie Wessels Photography

5. INDIA: HENNA 

In India, it is customary for the bride to decorate her hands with henna.

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J. Cogliandro Photography

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Niyra Photography

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Mehndi Equals Henna

So what do you think brides and grooms? Which wedding traditions are your favorites? Will you be incorporating any into your own wedding day plans? Like, comment and share and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for even more wedding updates. Happy planning!