Bride Custom in Poland

A conventional Polish ceremony used to be a three or even four time event. Generally, it was held outside in backyards, woodland and buildings. They were a celebration of life and the wealth of nature. Today, however, many couples choose to skip the religion and simply have a ceremony in their apartment or yard with close family and friends. They also enjoy the wonderful foods, tunes and vodka but it’s not quite what it once was.

On the evening of the marriage, just before midnight ( or around it if a one- time bride), comes the popular service known as „oczepiny“, the opening of the bride. At this point, the shroud is removed and she dons her czepek – a cover worn by Polish angels to symbolize their reputation as hitched people. This is also when the long locks are unbraided and cut brief, as a symbol of her transition from boyhood to womanhood.

As the pair leave the church, guests wash them with currencies and grains, to provide them luck and prosperity. They next change into their party clothing. It is also traditional to toss small, rounded coins into the couple’s locks– whoever collects the most will be in charge of their finances.

The bash begins, and you’ll discover a lot of dancing going on. Poles think that this reduces the side effects of too much having. There will be a lot of meals also, including lots of different types of sweets, snacks and ice cream.

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