Tuesday, 16 December 2014

French Wedding Traditions

The French wedding traditions have persisted today, transplanted to other parts of the world and influenced modern wedding ceremony  as it is known today.

If your other half is French and you aren’t, this post should give you a crash course in French wedding traditions so that you are fully up to speed before you begin talking details with your respective families. If neither you or your partner is French, you might like to think about incorporating some French traditions into your wedding on the French Riviera. Here is a brief explanation of the main French wedding traditions.

Most often, a civil wedding takes place the same day as the religious wedding, one after the other. Sometimes the civil wedding takes days, weeks or months before the religious one. It really depends on the couple and there are no official rules for these types of French weddings.          

Wedding Procession

This is a tradition that is still practiced in small villages in France today where the groom calls to the home of his bride-to-be on the morning of their wedding traditions and indian culture. The procession is headed by musicians and followed by the bride with her father. The guests and family follow behind them again with the groom and his mother at the very back of the line. As the wedding couple make their way to the chapel, village children stretch white ribbon across the road that the bride must cut as she passes.

Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony held in the church is decorated in white. It is custom in France for the groom to walk his mother down the aisle when the guests are seated. The groom and bride are seated in two red velvet chairs and exchange their vows. They receive their final blessing beneath a silk canopy known as a “carre”. On leaving the church, they are showered with grains of wheat and rice symbols of prosperity and fertility.

Wedding Reception

Another old tradition that I came across was one where the guests would bring small cakes to the wedding and pile them as high as they could in the centre of the table. If the happy couple managed to share a kiss over the pile without knocking the cakes then they would live a lifetime of prosperity. The French cake is known as Croquembouche and is made up of small creme filed pastry puffs stacked high into the shape of a pyramid. I remember the Croquembouche being wheeled out at my brothers wedding covered in sparklers and loud fan fair music.

wedding Dress

In Medieval France, the bride’s best dress was converted into her wedding dress with embellishments of beads, ribbons and embroidery. The color of the dress was not significant. However, over a period of time brides began to prefer white, russet, wine and blue as their wedding dress. Black was worn if the groom was a widower. White as a color of innocence and purity emerged in the 18th and 19th century in the true biblical tradition. 

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