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According to "Webster's Dictionary", Traditions are customs passed down from one generation to another. This being accepted practice of a community or people. The customary way that the German people do the events in their daily lives is interesting, not only to us, but to themselves.
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Special Wedding Traditions
*Junggesellenabschied - The equivalent of a "Bachelor Party" which takes place up to a few weeks before the wedding.
*The "Father of the Bride", which pays the cost of the wedding.
*The plate-breaking traditions of Polterabend, roughly translates as "ghost evening". The evening before the wedding, the guests go to the house of the bride, bringing plates, dishes, coffee/tea cups, and proceed to smash them at the door before entering. The pieces are supposed to each bring good luck, (don't bring Corelleware "unbreakable" plates, I did and learned a lesson). After smashing the plates, you are invited in for coffee and cake!
*Kidnapping of the Bride. As best man if was my responsibility to help kidnap the bride. This took place while we were at a pub. I actually his her there in the back of the pub, while the groom tried to guess where she was. When he couldn't, he had to buy a round for the bar, (needless to say, he was a bit embarrassed when he did not find her).
*Car Procession to and from the wedding, has the front ends of the vehicles covered in flowers.
*After the wedding, first the wedding pictures(usually in a picturesque garden), then the wedding dinner, which is filled with dancing, wine, schnapps and the dinner.
*The First Dance is "performed" by the new couple, followed by the in-laws.
*The Money Dance is performed after the first few dances and the guests give the couple money to dance with them.
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