This wedding on Saturday was so inspirational, I decided to share with you some tipical wedding customs of my country. Today Hungarian weddings are more like the USA weddings, brides wear white dress. However the traditional bridal dress was colorful and embroidered with flower motif, like woven wheat was the symbol of fertility.
In the past the entire village escorted the bride from her home to the groom's home, today an elegant reception is organized where the guests are greeted by the young couple. In Hungary the civil ceremony takes place in the courthouse and it's followed by the church ceremony, which is optional. In the northern part of the county there are some beautiful roman style churches like this one in Zubogy. It was build in the middle ages, however it got burned during the past and some gothic elements joined the look. The church is stunning with all these painted wooden decoration, gothic style windows and romantic park. I was happy to visit this church in the frame of the wedding ceremony.
The wedding reception is typically an endless party with a lot of traditional food, including chicken soup, fried meat and vegetables. Stuffed cabbage is often served at night as a "midnight breakfast".
According to the customs the new bride has to dance a "money dance" or ""bridal dance", we call it "Menyecske tánc". Each guest has to pay to dance with the bride, normally they drop money into a huge bowl, which is supervised by the Godmother. The bride is dancing in a traditional, red folk outfit.
When the groom thinks that the bride was dancing enough, he takes the bowl and they run away together. According to the traditions, while the just married couple is running away, the guests try to steal her shoes. Those guests who have successfully stolen the bride's shoes are given the right to create some difficult tests or challenges for the couple. If they will complete those challenges successfully, the bride will get her shoes back. This game is often part of the Hungarian weddings even today.
If you have any odd or funny wedding customs in your home country, share it with me!