I found these ‘black and white line drawings’ in The Des Moine Register – 28 April 1928. The illustrator is Edward Westermarck.
In modern Greece the young man’s mother makes the couple eat honey from the same vessel, that their marriage will be sweet. But when the bridal procession starts for the church, it is the etiquette for the bride to burst into tears.
In Japan, the young couple drinks wine together, exchanging cups nine times. This constitutes the entire marriage ceremony. After it is over the young couple are introduced friends at a solemn wedding dinner.
In rural parts of Durham, England, the bridal part is escorted to church by men armed with guns, which they fire close to the ears of the bride and bridegroom. A relic of the belief that it drives away evil spirits.
“Dancing the coronet off the bride” in Sweden. With her eyes bandaged, the bride takes the crown off her head and places it on the head of one of the girls dancing around her. This girl will be the next to marry.
In the north of England one of the oldest inhabitants of the neighbourhood throws a plateful of short bread over the bride’s head. Then their is a grand scramble for the pieces, which are supposed to bring good luck.
Superstition connected with the wedding ring indicate it has been regarded as a mystical tie. In northeast Scotland they say that “if a woman loses her marriage ring she will lose her man.”
The joining of hands has been from early days the accepted sign of a plighted troth. In Roman times it was a symbol that the bride had formally been “handed over” to her husband.
The hands of the bridal pair are not only joined, but tied together, in some European countries – Poland, Bulgaria and Portugal for instance it symbolises a lasting union.
In Germany they say if the newlyweds will eat the “morning soup” with the same spoon they will have a peaceful married life. Eating from the same dish suggests betrothal.
In parts of Germany the couple must not look around on the way to the church or they are “looking” for another partner.