Jessica Lang


German weddings tend to be extended over at least three days, though not necessarily consecutive. There must be a six week notice to apply to get married. The first day of the wedding is a simple civil ceremony with only really close friends and relatives. They are married by the justice of the peace, Standesbeamte. This ceremony is followed by a dinner. This ceremony can be have many guests if more than six weeks notice given, if not it will be held in a court room with just the parents of the couple in attendance. It is necessary for them to have a wedding done but the justice of the peace because it is not a legal wedding if it is simply a religious ceremony.


The second consists of a large party where everyone is invited. It is seen as good luck to break the guest's old dishes. The bride and groom will sweep up the broken pieces, which symbolizes that nothing will ever be broken in their house ever again. The third day is optional and it is a religious ceremony. Also, sometime during the night the groomsmen are to kidnapped the bride and take her to a pub. It is the groom's job to find her and invite everyone to the pub to pay her tab. At midnight, the bride head piece is replaced with a bonnet. If the crown is taken off before then it is seen as bad luck.

It is also typical for guests to make the first night together difficult by putting balloons, alarm clocks in the room, or playing random other pranks on the couple.


Since the bride and groom are already married, they enter the church together. There is not normally bridesmaids, groomsmen, or a flower girl. During the ceremony, while the couple is kneeling, the groom may place his knee on the bride's dress to tell her that he is “in charge” of this marriage, if she protests, she will prove him wrong buy stepping on his foot when they stand. Upon leaving the bride and groom may through coins to the children who are watching the wedding. The car they leave in is covered in flowers or take a horse drawn coach. When the they couple exits the church rice is thrown at them. It is also believed that the bride will have as many children as the amount of rice that is in her hair. The couple will also walk over fir boughs which symbolize hope, luck, and fertility. The bouquet is wrapped with white ribbons and upon leaving the church she will give each driver a white ribbon to tie to the antenna of their car. The procession will many time honk their horns to announce the couple and others will honk back to wish them good luck.

Eheringe ~ Rings

The rings are typically worn on the left hand before the marriage. At the ceremony they are switched to the right hands of the bride and groom. The bands are normally gold, simple, and match.

Schuhe ~ Shoes

Before she is married the bride saves pennies to pay for her wedding shoes.


Brides still wear white in Germany on their wedding day. The usually will have no train or a very small one, if any. Typically, there is a flowered crown with ribbons in place a a veil or a tiara.


Die Standesamtliche Trauung ~ The Wedding

Die Kirche-Hochzeit ~ The Church Wedding

Eheringe ~ Wedding rings

Hochzeit-Schuhe ~ Wedding shoes

Eine Weisse Band ~ A white ribbon

Bräutkleid ~ Bride's attire

Bräutigams Kleidung ~ Groom's attire

Standesbeamte ~ Justice of the peace


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