It is said that “marriages are made in heaven” and this heaven is without a doubt based in Europe. A European wedding is a big occasion which is considered to be very sacred. European marriages vary from country to country but they all have the same belief. These weddings are planned on a grand scale with flamboyant arrangements for many weeks. European weddings are performed with ancient traditions and practices. Loads of these traditions have seen revival and recognition in current years as several younger couples are on the lookout for more traditional wedding ceremonies.
Generally, a European wedding is declared with humility in the respective families of the bride and the groom. The preparations start with the help of a family member or a wedding planner, beginning the beautiful series of beliefs and traditions. For instance, in Czechoslovakia, a bride’s friends sow a tree in her backyard and put some ribbons and red painted egg shells on it. This tree is a promise for her marriage’s existence, prosperity and fertility. The tree is a symbol of bride’s long life and the egg signifies the fruitfulness of the couple. The bride is supposed to water the seed everyday till her wedding day.
The wedding day is the most beautiful day in every woman’s life. It is made special in different ways. In England, the groom waits for the bride in front of the church and the bride would arrive with her best man. The best man hands over the bride to the groom with a promise that the groom will take care of the bride for his life time. Long back, Germany initiated the concept of the best man, which is now followed by many countries in Europe. In Hungry, the bride is presented with an egg, on her arrival to the church, to bless her with health and fertility all her life. A piece of bread or a cake plays a very important role in the European weddings. It epitomizes fertility and happiness in the couple’s married life. In Poland, the bride and the bridegroom are presented with bread, salt and wine and honey cakes for their flourishing married life.
In Italy, the groom and the bride exchange rings. The wedding day is called the D –day. The rituals are very sacred. They are performed with chaste in the holy church with a ribbon outside the church. All the enjoyment is done after the wedding at the reception party. Cultures may vary, but the feeling is the same. Each and every ritual, performed in a European wedding is special, which is cherished for a lifetime.