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All the Czech women go out on the dance floor and surround the bride and sing a song in Czech.
As they remove her veil, they put on a handmade babushka (a kind of hat). For good luck the bride would carry salt and bread in her pocket to ensure bounty; the groom would carry grain for wealth and good fortune.
The bride opens the nut, shares it with the groom, and sends a piece via messenger to other families to announce the engagement.
After the wedding ceremony, guests shower the couple with corn kernels, symbolizing fertility.
The horseshoes, rather than being actual metal plates, are crocheted and a long ribbon is attached in a loop from end to end.
The horseshoe is worn upside down over the arm of the bride during the wedding to bring luck to the marriage Bermuda traditions include the bride and groom walking under a moon gate after the ceremony for good luck. The bride's wedding cake is a tiered fruitcake covered with silver leaf and has a small cedar sapling on top that is replanted after the ceremony to symbolize the growth of the couple's love.
Gold leaf tops the groom's cake and represents prosperity.
It's a Cajun tradition for older unmarried brothers and sisters of the bride or groom to dance with a broom at the wedding reception--thus mocking their single status.
Midway through the ceremony, the bride changes into a sari given to her by the groom's mother, as a welcome into the groom's family.