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Q: What are typical swedish wedding customs? ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: What are typical swedish wedding customs?
Category: Family and Home > Relationships
Asked by: flung-ga
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Posted: 16 Jul 2006 13:53 PDT
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Question ID: 746856
I am looking for customs in Sweden of the wedding celebration itself,
gifts and  also the bachelor party.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: What are typical swedish wedding customs?
From: thither-ga on 16 Jul 2006 20:02 PDT
"Swedish Wedding Traditions

You may want to incorporate one or more of the many Swedish wedding
traditions into your ceremony. The bridal crown is an age-old
tradition in Sweden.  Worn directly on the head or over the veil, a
simple crown can be made from ribbon or for a more authentic Swedish
feel, myrtle leaves.  If you have Swedish heritage, you may choose to
wear the traditional folk dress of the community.  Originally peasant
clothing, these colorful costumes are now worn for festive occasions
or as formal wear. Wondering who will be the decision maker in the
family? The Swedes have the answer.  The bride and groom usually enter
the church together and whoever steps in first is said to be the one
who will have control in the marriage.  If you?d rather the groom wait
for the bride at the altar, that same tradition holds true for the one
who says, ?I do? the loudest.  Either way, it?s the bride who receives
a morgongåva (?morning gift?) the day after the wedding.

A wedding reception in Sweden is the ideal time to enjoy a traditional
buffet known as a smörgåsbord.  There are many delicious dishes to
choose from, but your smörgåsbord won?t be complete without sill
(?herring?), lingonsylt (?cowberry jam?), Jansson?s Frestelse
(?Jansson?s Temptation?), köttbullar (? Swedish meatballs?),
knäckebröd (?hard bread?) and a smörgåstårta (?sandwich like cake made
from layers of bread, egg, and either shrimp or ham?).  Throughout
dinner snapsvisor (?drinking songs?) are sung and all guests are
welcome to give a speech in honor of the new bride and groom.  Dads be
prepared.  It is tradition for both father?s to make a speech during
the reception."


"Swedish Wedding Traditions
In Sweden, the parent's of the bride- to- be practice an old
traditional wedding custom. Before their daughter leaves for the
church to be married, her mother gives her a gold coin to go in her
right shoe, and her father hands her a silver coin to be placed in her
left shoe. This way they know she will never go without.

After a Swedish couple exchange their marriage vows on their wedding
day, the new bride will wear three bands on her wedding finger. One is
an engagement ring, another is her wedding ring and the third is a
ring for motherhood."

I hope this helps some.

Have a good day.
Subject: Re: What are typical swedish wedding customs?
From: myoarin-ga on 17 Jul 2006 03:04 PDT
By tradition, only virgin brides were allowed to wear a bridal crown,
which most places belonged to the church  - kind of gave the pastor
control of the matter.
The churches still have them, but I don't know how well the tradition is upheld.

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