The marriage meeting itself is generally accompanied by both a religious and civil services, but there are many other traditions that make up polish bridal beliefs. Some are more complex than people, but all are meant to show the partners that their family and friends are united in their assistance of them and wish them a happy life up.

One of the most popular polish wedding traditions is the Oczepiny (unveiling of the bride). The debut is a major part of the union and it represents her move from single girl to married wife. The bride’s parents, aunts, godmothers and grandmothers all join her on the dance floor in a circle and, at the command of the druzba ( band leader ), they remove the bride’s veil while the guests sing a song called Oj Chmielu Chmielu ( which some claim is the oldest known polish wedding song ).

Another standard Polish ceremony custom is zmowiny – this is where the families of the groom and wedding meet for the first time. The monsieur d’ or band leader may announce the parents, who then come to a small table with bread and salt. The bakery symbolizes the hope that the couple did always expertise hunger and the salt reminds them that life does often be tricky and they must learn to cope collectively.

After the presentation of bread and salt, the few has their second toast- usually this is a shot of vodka passed from person to person. The couple drinks from their glasses and, according to tradition, whoever ends up with the glass of vodka will wear the pants in the relationship!

Por Albert

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