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O Canada! Classic Canadian Weddings with an Added Twist

Many wedding planners are arranging weddings in Canada to those who reside south of the Great Lakes. The natural beauty that beholds one from Alberta to Nova Scotia creates a wonderful touch for a wedding. These future brides and grooms are looking to make their day matchless, are no longer content with average and want to be distinctive.

You already are fortunate to reside in Canada, so what else can be done to add pizzazz to your wedding and avoid being nondescript? Add a few traditional practices, you may be unaware of, to create fresh details and insert personality into your wedding.

Draw on your own cultural and ethnic background for some spark and excitement. You may be fifth generation Canadian but your lineage originated from elsewhere. Speak with your grandparents for ideas and generate an original feature for your wedding that your guests will talk about for years.

Here's a glimpse at some interesting traditions from Canada and around the world that may appeal to you.

Traditions from Quebec

It is said that French Canadians from Quebec do practice some of their heritage during weddings. However, many traditions have been lost over the years. One such ritual involves the unmarried brothers and sisters of the bride and groom to partake in.

At some point during the wedding reception, they will place on gaudy, multicolored socks, and begin to dance in the middle of the room. The sillier they dance; the better. The guests will throw money at the dancers while they are comically entertaining the audience. After the entertainment ends; all the money is collected by the dancers and is presented to the bride and groom as a savings towards their future home.

Traditions from Ontario

Another Canadian custom that derived from Ontario is known as the "Buck and Doe." After the engagement is announced, a special get together is arranged as a fundraiser to help pay for the wedding ceremony and reception of the newly engaged couple.

African Tradition

"Jumping the Broom" is a custom known and practiced widely throughout the African community. The broom serves as a symbol of hearth and home. Before the first dance as a married couple begins, the broom is placed in the center of the dance floor. The newly wedded couple jumps over it and begins their first dance.

Celtic Wedding Tradition

You and your partner should drink from Waterford flutes and recite an Irish poem to each other. Each year on your anniversary, use the glasses to toast each other again.

Czech Republic Wedding Tradition

Wreaths of baby's breath and miniature roses can be worn by you and all your attendants for a promise of a festive day.

English Wedding Tradition

This one is perfect for your bridesmaids and solves the dilemma of a gift for them. Purchase sterling silver charms and obtain ribbons, perhaps in your wedding color scheme and tie one to each charm. Have the baker place the charms between the layers of your wedding cake. During the reception, before the cake is cut; the bridesmaids will pull one ribbon each in an event known as the "ribbon pull." The legend claims that the pulled charm brings future happiness to each of the bridesmaids. What they do receive is a lovely gift of a sterling silver charm.

Scandinavian Wedding Tradition

"Dance of the Crowns" is a popular tradition still practiced in Northern Europe and can replace the throwing of the bouquet. You are blindfolded and all unmarried ladies at the reception will dance around you in a circle. As you remove your head wreath, place it on one and whoever you crown is said to be the next to marry.

French Wedding Tradition

Have laurel leaves scattered in your path and walk over them leaving the chapel as a newly married couple

German Wedding Tradition

Friends and/or family members can get involved in this tradition. Create a brochure with photos and details depicting the entire engagement period. Not only is this a remembrance but can be incorporated as the wedding favor given out to all your guests.

Greek Wedding Tradition

Have best man place gold crowns or wreathes made of orange blossoms on both of you. These crowns or wreathes are linked by a silk ribbon initiating togetherness and are worn during the entire wedding ceremony.

Italian Wedding Tradition

Before the reception is over, break a glass. The number of pieces symbolize the years you will share together

Polish Wedding Tradition

The sharing of bread, salt and wine is presented by the both set of parents at the reception table. The bread represents never to know hunger. The salt is the strength to overcome all obstacles, Wine symbolizes that your lives will be filled with health and happiness.

Romanian Wedding Tradition

Rather than throwing rice at the couple; guests throw sweets and nuts instead, as you make your exit from the services.

Hankering for More Traditions?

Your wedding can be arranged by an ethnic themed wedding service. They can fill you in on all the details on traditions and their history. Theses specialized wedding planners are available throughout Canada. Use the Intrnet as your number one resource to begin your research for an ethnic themed wedding. Specialists are available that can create a total Celtic, Greek, Italian, Iranian and other diverse nationalities. The choices are there for you.

Story by Veronica Shine