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Polish customs

Polish weddings are festive and traditional. The wedding celebrations May continue for two or three days. The engagement is also an important custom. In the past, the engagement ceremony was organized by the future groom as a formal family gathering, during which he asked his chosen lady to marry him. In the recent years this Official custom has changed and today an engagement is much more personal and intimate. An elegant dinner party afterwards is still a nice way to inform the closest family members about the couples ' decision to get married.
In some regions of Poland the tradition to invite the wedding guests in person is still upheld. Many young couples still devote their time, and accompanied by the parents visit their family and friends to hand them the wedding invitations personally.
According to the old tradition a groom arrives with his parents at the house of a bride just before the wedding ceremony. At that time both parents and parents- is other -law give a young couple their blessing. The couple enters the church together and walks up to the altar followed by two witnesses and the parents. In poland It Is Quite Unusual For The Bride To Be walked Down The Aisle Or To Have Bridesmaids And Groomsmen In a wedding. The couple is assisted by two witnesses, a man (usually grooms ' side) and a woman (usually brides ' side) who are either family members or close friends.
The Polish Bride Traditionally Wears A white Dress And A veil. The groom, on the other hand usually wears a fitted suit with a bow tie and a boutonnii.re that matches the brides ' bouquet. During the ceremony wedding rings are exchanged and both the husband and wife wear them on their right hand. When they leave the church the guests toss rice or coins at the married couple for good and prosperous future together. Right after the ceremony the closest family and all the guest form a line in the front of the church to congratulate the happy newlyweds and wish them love and happiness. As soon as the married couple leave the church they get showered with rice for luck or guests drop coins at their feet for them to pick up.
Once all the guests have showered the couple with kisses, hugs and flowers everyone heads to the reception. It is a very popular custom in poland to prepare "passing gates" on the way to the reception for the newlyweds, who in order to pass have to give the "gate keepers" some vodka.
The married couple is welcomed at the reception place by the parents with bread and salt. The bread symbolizes the prosperity, salt stands for hardship of life, the parents wish the young couple that they never go hungry and learn how to deal with every day hardships together. The wedding party lasts until the last guest leaves, usually until morning.

 



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Chic Lewis
04:13 23.06.2008

who is expected to foot the bill for a polish wedding Brides father or grooms father


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