Adding a taste of French tradition into your upcoming wedding can be the perfect way to spice up the event and create a memorable time for everyone. From exciting and delicious foods served at the reception, to bizarre traditions during the ceremony, to beautiful clothes worn throughout the whole day, the French customs during weddings are truly magnificent. So if you are looking to add some international flare to your big day, try one or all of these French traditions to add some culture and make a few memories.
Reception as High as the Sky
This tradition is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face during the reception. In France, during the Middle Ages, guests brought small cakes to the reception and stacked them in a pile in the middle of the table. As the reception came to an end, it was the bride and groom’s responsibility to share a kiss over the top of the piled cakes in order to secure their future; a successful kiss meant that their marriage and life together would be filled prosperity. This superstition is a great way to add some fun into the day.
Draped in Silk
While the veil is known as the modern day head covering for any bride in a church, the traditions of France differ slightly. Instead, brides in France are married under a canopy of silk that is held by those surrounding. The groom also stands under this canopy, and they are traditionally wed in a church that contains incense and fragrant flowers. This silk canopy provides an intimate setting under which the bride and groom can exchange their eternal vows.
Drinking to Happiness
It is quite common for the bride and groom to drink during toasts at their reception, but the French traditionally at a small twist that will surely excite all of the guests at your wedding. In France, the bride and groom drink out of a two-handled cup during the reception, a vessel that resembles a goblet with handles. While this is usually meant to be a family heirloom, finding something similar will work just as well on your big day.
Another great reception tradition is the beheading of the champagne bottles. While this was customarily done by skilled swordsman during the Middle Ages in France, you can simply bring to the reception a sabre that matches their old weapons and explain the ritual. If you do decide to cut of the neck of the bottle, be careful, and watch out for broken glass!
This last tradition must be left for the closest friends of the bride and groom. Traditionally, the friends of the lucky couple would find them on their wedding night and bang pots and pans together to interrupt the night. The bride and groom were then required to provide their friends and family with treats in order to convince them to finally go home and sleep. If you are ready for a true French tradition, give this to your friends and be prepared to spend the next day catching up on sleep.
A Day of Bliss
A wedding is traditionally one of the most blissful days in the life of a bride and groom. And if you are looking to add an international twist to your big day, try these French traditions to have some fun and experience a new culture as you celebrate your eternal love.
Derek Josephson is a freelance writer specializing in relationship advice, wedding themes, wedding traditions, marriage and other related topics; those interested in viewing bridal gowns should take a peek at Terry Costa.