Sure, we do not want to omit the same colored bridesmaids that create the atmosphere of a fairytale, making the bride look fabulous and special. We want the décor that will match our preferences, and a professional wedding planner wouldn’t hurt as well. What if somebody else already had that same setting? I want my wedding day to be as distinct as it is possible for our future memories, and of course, for our precious guests, whom we want to impress by throwing an amazing party.
To have an international wedding, there is no need for a foreign husband-to-be, although I wouldn’t mind. One of the most inspiring places to get wedding ideas from is Poland – a country of rich history filled with traditions that cause enjoyment and take your breath away. Polish wedding is extremely ceremonial given that, stereotypically, the nation is a master country at partying.
Although more and more Poles decide on the DJ to play at their weddings, most people still stick with some kind of orchestra with live music. The music mainly consists of traditional folklore, but often times it’s a combination of popular Western songs. Generally, the couple’s family members take part in the church ceremony by, for example, reading Holy Scriptures or singing psalms. After the ceremony, the bride and groom walk out to be showered with coins in order to pick them up – symbol of future financial prosperity. Right before the couple is about to enter the reception, they are welcomed with bread and salt. Bread is supposed to be kissed; then, the newlyweds drink two vodka shots given by brides, and throw the shot glasses behind (if you decide on doing that, make sure there are no guests behind you).
At midnight, the cake is served followed by a tradition called oczepiny (unveiling), which consists of all single ladies gathering behind the bride, who is throwing the veil behind – saying holds that whoever catches the veil will get married the soonest of all ladies. Many times this specific ceremony is followed by the groom throwing his tie to single men.
The party is loud, lasts all night, and often continues for the next two or three days. If the reception is held at a banquet hall, the next day, poprawiny (or literal translation “improvement” as in improving the wedding by throwing even better party the next day) might be hosted by one of the parents. It is also worth taking Polish food into consideration along with good liquor, which you can reasonably find at any Polish stores or caterings.
The universality and beauty of such traditions is even more enjoyable knowing that our American customs will fit perfectly as well, making it a cultural mixture of lasting memories. Enjoy!