Then, the bride will be ‘kidnapped’ – and the groom must perform for the guests to win her back!
In Quebec and other French-speaking parts of Canada, the older, unmarried siblings of the bride and groom perform a dance at the reception while wearing ridiculous, brightly-colored, knitted socks.
After the wedding, everyone typically goes to the groom’s house.
Hanging over the doorway is a white ceramic bell filled with rice, flour, and other different types of grain – all of which represent abundance.
The theory was that anyone who wished to object must have easy access to the ceremony.
This complicated marrying at sea: you could only marry on a ship if it was docked and the gangplank was down.
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The plan is that, if they can get through this trial, marital strife will be a breeze!Then, the groom must perform tasks in front of all the guests to win his bride back – he might have to sketch a picture of her, or write a heartfelt poem, anything to prove his love!Meanwhile, the bride is kept entertained by the groomsmen giving her liquor.To this day, many wedding venues still leave their doors open.When the groom takes off his shoes on the way to the mandap (altar), the bride’s family promptly try to steal them and hide them.At the reception, a guest will grab a big bowl or a hat and shout ‘THE BRIDE IS FOR SALE.’ He then puts money in the bowl, passes it on, and starts to dance with the bride.Everyone who adds money has a turn at dancing with the bride, until the groom wants a go.As the wedding reception draws to a close, French newlyweds are presented with a real chamber pot, filled with the leftover bits of alcohol from the wedding (and sometimes extra delights like melted chocolate, banana, or even toilet paper! The couple must consume it all before leaving, so as to build up strength before the, er, wedding night ahead.Up until 1994, it was illegal to get married in a venue that had a closed front door!This symbolizes the ways in which they must work together in the future (although, to make it a bit quicker, the log has sometimes already been partially sawed through by the fathers of the bride and groom).In some parts of the South, the bride and groom bury a (full!