The Traditionalist

As my readers can tell by now, I am not a traditional bride. I am just a plain old American marrying a plain old Canadian. Together, we are a very boring couple that holds no spiritual principles or rituals dear to our hearts. Our families don’t have any grand history of tradition and the only things that have been passed on for generations are alcohol abuse and poverty.

Nevertheless, I became interested in learning about various wedding traditions to see if there was a way I could give our wedding reception some meaning.

I began my search in Mexico. During wedding ceremonies there, the groom gives his bride gold coins, which represent Christ and his apostles.  I wouldn’t mind receiving gold coins so long as they are made of chocolate. Then I can eat Peter and Paul in between the wedding speeches and dinner.

In Sudan, couples celebrate their wedding day with an egg breaking ceremony. The groom breaks an egg to symbolize a promise to give the wife a child. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I think baby talk is a heavy conversation to have over a plate of raw eggs. Instead, we can use the eggs for a relay race. The venue can provide the spoons.

Or, we could go the Scandinavian route where the groom sews a sachet of herbs including garlic, rosemary and chives into his clothes. This, I am told, is done for good luck. But we’re not superstitious and pungent herbs really aren’t my thing. Instead, Sebastien can fill his pants with poutine, the traditional Canadian dish made of fries, cheese curds and gravy. That way he’ll always remember our wedding reception with fondness and warmth.

Hopefully one of these traditions will catch on in the family and for years to come we’ll have weddings with egg races and poutine-filled pants.
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About Amy K

Amy Kraft is a print and radio journalist based in New York. Her work has appeared in publications including Scientific American, Discover, Popular Science, The Week, Psychology Today, and Distillations, a podcast out of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She is currently working on a book of humor essays. View all posts by Amy K

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