2. Throwing rice at the bride and groom as they walk out of their ceremony for prosperity.
And it’s NOT bad for birds!
3. Groom removes several garters from the bride’s leg and then a single male puts it back on a single female.
4. The highlight of every party is when the ‘Carnaval Carioca’ starts.
Glow sticks and other party supplies are given to the guests and that’s when the party reeeeally begins.
6. Writing the names of the single friends inside the dress to help them find a partner.
7. No party is a party without “bem-casado,” a typical sweet.
The name translates to “well married” which seems appropriate don’t you think? They are made out of spongy bread with caramel, yuuuum.
9. Female guests pull strings out of the wedding cake to reveal little charms. Whoever gets the wedding band will be the next to marry.
11. Brides wear two or three dresses: One for the ceremony, another for the dinner and a final one for the party.
13. Friends of the groom ‘steal’ the bride and take her to a bar to drink. Once the groom finds them, he has to pay the bill.
15. At the reception people smash dishes on the floor for good luck!
16. The bride and groom will perform a ‘money dance,’ where guests throw bills for prosperity.
18. People usually wear the claddagh ring - if you’re not in a relationship, the heart points out, if you are, the heart points in.
So remember to turn it around once you get hitched!
19. There’s a saying: ‘Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man’
So… April it is!
21. At the reception a glass is broken, the number of pieces of glass symbolizes the number of happy years the couple will have.
IT BETTER BREAK INTO A GAZILLION PIECES…
22. Couples tie a knot in front of the wedding chapel to symbolize their unity.
24. Bridal henna (also known as mehndi) is used to decorate the bride’s hands.
Female friends help apply them during a mehndi party prior to the wedding.
25. Brides usually dress in traditional saris in red with gold detailing.
Red symbolizes good luck in Hinduism!
27. The last dance is called the ‘Bride dance’ in which guests take turns to dance with the bride and then donate some money to the couple.
The money is collected by a family friend with an apron. The bride’s father is first and the groom is last. He is expected to put down his whole wallet!
29. ‘Blackening the bride and groom’ consists of throwing gunk at the soon-to-be-married couple.
The ceremony helps brings couples together- since they are covered in disgusting, smelly stuff and no one else would want to get close to them, they are brought closer together and can understand what the other is going through much better than anyone else thus cementing their bond.
31. Brides cannot leave the house without… “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
32. A rehearsal dinner is held the day before the actual wedding, which sometimes can turn into almost two weddings.
The REAL point is so that you can go over where you walk and stuff.