Czech Republic Wedding Traditions
Czech’s wedding customs originate from the onset of Christianity. Most of the wedding rituals not only guaranteed a couple many children and happiness but also protected them against hunger, illness, children’s death. These rituals also protected the couple against hate, quarrels as well as ghosts and bad spirits. Other customs practised during the wedding event simply acted as a symbolic character. These customs were intended for documentation of important events like the beginning of a new period of life and virginity loss.http://bit.ly/2lUSECn
At times, the rituals were a concealed appeal to the couple to stand by each other through the good and the trying times. Below are pointers to guide you through some of the most interesting customs that will intrigue you when planning destination weddings in Prague and in the Czech Republic.
Sprinkling of Flower PetalsThe nieces and friend's daughters to the engaged couple are usually given the role of the flower girls. They customarily walk ahead of the marriage procession sprinkling flowers on the couple as they head to the church. Although the practice is originally a pagan custom, the flowers are intended to attract the fertility goddess. http://bit.ly/2j2l6kt
Haul In the Couple
The groom's friends normally prop a well-decorated rope in the church front once the wedding ceremony is completed. This rope is often decorated with ribbons, flowers and empty bottles. Newlyweds are hereafter only allowed to keep on walking out of the church once the groom has paid himself out. In this way, it signifies the groom has paid himself out of the sins he committed in his youth.http://bit.ly/2hc9Rp9
Tossing the Flower Bouquet
Once the bride has left the town hall or the church, she tosses the flower bouquet aiming over her left shoulder to a crowd of single ladies standing behind her. It is believed that the lucky lady to catch the bouquet will be next in line to be married.http://bit.ly/2yuUVtM
Plate Breaking Ritual at The Wedding Reception
For totally different destination weddings experience, Czech wedding receptions are often preceded by a plate breaking ritual at the couple’s feet. The couple is then to work together in sweeping the chips. This custom is based on two beliefs; the newly married couple shows their willingness to cooperate in sweeping the chips together and that their marriage will be harmonious and the second belief is that chips bring happiness.
Soup Sharing Ceremony
The bride and groom at the reception are covered with a big cloth to join them as a symbol of unity, and hereafter they are to finish a soup bowl using a single spoon to show cooperation. A more substantial meaning to this gesture is their joint bread sharing which is necessary to give and take in equal parts to each other. Owing to this exact symbolism, this wedding tradition is still currently commonly used.http://bit.ly/2iuTC2Z
The Bride’s Kidnapping
The bride kidnapping practice signifies a woman leaving her parents home and the transition to her new community. This tradition would make your destination weddings interesting, is often done before the reception and it’s often the newlywed friends who kidnap the bride. When the groom finds her and in order for him to get her back, he is expected to pay the bill as a ransom for her.