Weddings are a significant part of our lives, but they aren’t like they used to be. The UKWedding Report 2019 questioned over 2,000 happy couples about their big day and detailed the ‘Rise of the Groom’. This found that men now contribute 35% of the wedding costs and that three quarters of them are heavily involved in the planning process.
For grooms in particular, a lot of traditions do remain the same. However, these traditions are quite tame in comparison to those outside of the UK. Prepare yourself for some crazy groom antics…
Traditions in Turkey
Although you may holiday here on the regular, it’s unlikely that you’ve heard of this tradition. The groom often relies on his groomsmen to keep him in check for the day ahead, and that’s exactly what they do in Turkey. There’s no time to waste!
When the big day finally arrives, groomsmen will place the flag of their country on the floor of the grooms house. Although this might sound like something simple, they then place fruit, vegetables and mirrors on top to signify that the wedding ceremony has begun. Let’s just hope they’re not late to the venue!
Traditions in France
This tradition is too crazy to be true, but we promise that it is. On the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, relatives of both the bride and groom are ordered to lay on the floor (face down), side-by-side to be walked on like a rug!
Despite family being the most important part of many weddings, this is something you wouldn’t perhaps expect. The survey found that besides the partner, the women of the friend/family network are the most involved — so let’s treat them with a little bit more respect!
Traditions in Greece
Everyone wants to be married in Greece — fact. Think Santorini. Although only 3% of the survey respondents had their weddings abroad, there are some groom traditions that the Greeks live by.
The best man later becomes the grooms personal barber. Taking his new role in stride, the best man will pull out a razor and shave the husband-to-be’s face before he walks down the aisle. Following this, the brides mother will feed him honey and almonds!
Traditions in Guatemala
Diverting slightly from the topic, this is a tradition that falls with the grooms parents. We know that parents play a big part in any UK wedding, and reportedly contribute one third of the budget, but parents in Guatemala like to make their roles heard — and you might be surprised by how they do it.
They break things, and yes you heard us correctly. When the happy couple arrive, the groom’s mother will smash a white ceramic bell which is filled with grains. The idea behind this is that by causing this kind of mayhem, prosperity will be brought to the couple.
Traditions in South Korean
If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary, then you’ll find it in South Korea. Traditionally, as part of the ‘Falaka’ culture, this group of people hold the groom down and beat the bottom of his feet with a stick or dried fish.
We hope the groom is prepared, because he’s about to be quizzed! This is believed to help the groom strengthen his memory… and his feet!
Traditions in Spain
Many Brits for a marriage on the sandy beaches of Spain, but the groomsmen not be the best behaved members of the party. At some Spanish weddings, they will take scissors and chop up the grooms tie — just make sure they stay away from his blazer, he can’t go without it!
However, we must mention, it’s all with good intentions to raise money for the newlyweds.
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