Okay, maybe I am saying that because I am a bit homesick. But still, some of our traditions are fun. And SO french.
The tradition of the garter (jarretière in French) is always really fun! It is from the old tradition of having the guests helping financially the groom and the bride. Nowadays, the goal is the same but the new tradition added a little game. The bride put her dress at the level of her knees. When a man at the wedding gives money to the wedding jar, the bride has to ride up her dress, in the direction of the garter. When it's a woman, she can put it down. It is always a good entertainment during the wedding.
They are on all tables. The draguée are basically almonds cover with sugar. They can be any colors and have any shapes. It is a very old tradition from the 16e century when the dragée were in every King's pockets. They are the symbol of eternal love and fertility. In today's wedding, people usually take the dragée back home as a souvenir or can also be sent to the guests who could not make it to your special day.
Le Lancer de riz
This is happening when the bride and the groom get out of the church or the city hall. Their guests are already outside, waiting for them to throw rice at them. This is the "lancer de riz". Another symbol of fertility. Nowadays, rice tends to be remplace with confetti and petals.
Le Pot de chambre
This is the disgusting part of the wedding for the groom and the bride as they are usually getting wake up by a bowl of food and drinks. The recipe is traditionally a mix of chocolate, banana and champagne. But now, the guests are just mixing up anything they would find on the table. Although it is very fun for the guests, I am not sure the bride and the groom are really enjoying that part.
Honk away in the crow
It's another tradition from the middle-age. Every time the groom and the bride take the car to go somewhere else (the church, the city hall and then the venue), a cortege of cars follow them and make a lot of noise, as much as then can! Just to be sure that everyone knows what is going on!
La soupe à l'oignon
This is one of the most famous French meal. And a tradition for every French weddings or big parties. During the night, after the whole meal and hours of dance, the guests always love having a little meal to continue the party!
Which one is your favorite ?