We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world? That’s what this monthly blog is for – join us every month to dig into the spectacular wedding traditions of countries all around the world!

If you checked out our Insta last week you would have seen a clue for where were traveling to this month & if you guessed Poland, you are CORRECT

Polish wedding tradition has not changed much throughout the years, sticking to the original customs of the country. & Many Polish wedding traditions don’t differ much from a traditional American wedding. The engagement party, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Sending of the invites is something that varies a bit from American culture – wedding traditions demanded that guests be invited in a certain obligatory manner. First, invitations were issued to relatives or friends to act as groomsmen or bridesmaids. The bride and groom then went to invite their godparents. In some sections of Poland old custom forbade the exclusion of anyone in the village from being invited to the wedding.

“The wedding is one of the most important family celebrations.
1. First there is the engagement period called Oświadczyny, Zaręczyny or Zrękowiny.
2. The wedding day is set up by young people.
3. Invitation time called: Zaprosiny or Oprosiny.
4. Wedding Day (Church and reception).
5. Next Day party. In Poland sometimes 3 days party (or more)”

There are several ways to express Polish traditions on the wedding day:

Blessing: Before the church ceremony everyone would gather at the home of the bride to accompany the bridal couple to the church… Read More

The Bread and Salt Blessing:  is an old and most popular Polish tradition. At the wedding reception… Read More

Church ceremony: Everyone would gather at the home of the bride to accompany the bridal couple to the church, but also to witness the blessing and symbolic … Read More

First toast and song: called “Sto lat” which literally translated means “one hundred years”.  Sto lat, usually is sung by the guests that signifies 100 years of good health for the bride and groom.

STO LAT – ONE HUNDRED YEARS

Sto lat, sto lat niech żyje, żyje nam,
Sto lat, sto lat niech żyje, żyje nam,
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz,
niech żyje, żyje nam,
niech żyje nam…

Good health, good cheer, may you live a hundred years, one hundred years…

Stay tuned once a month for our Weddings of the World blog. Where we will take a deeper look into the cultures and wedding traditions of countries around the world!

~MM~

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