If you or your groom has any
Polish roots there are several ways you can express your heritage on your
wedding day. Here are a few ideas:
1. The Bread and Salt Blessing
The sharing of the bread and salt is an old Polish tradition. At the
wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom greet the newly married
couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt and a goblet of wine.
With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never
hunger of be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their
life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to cope with life’s
struggles. The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign of welcome,
unity, and love.
2. The Oczepiny Ceremony (The Unveiling and Capping)
This tradition is still the mainstay of many Polish brides,
representing a rite of passage from young woman to married woman. All single
ladies circle the bride as the maid or matron of honor stands behind the bride
and removes the veil from the bride’s head as music is played. A married woman
is given the responsibility of pinning the cap on the bride as all married
women circle around the bride. At this moment, the bride is officially
considered a married woman. In some weddings, after the unveiling the bride will toss the veil,
rather than the bouquet, to one of the single women.
3. Serving Polish Foods
Serving Polish foods at your reception is a fun
and tasty way to
celebrate your wedding day.
Some Polish favorites are: Cheese and frui Barszcz
(Polish beet soup) Bigos (Hunter’s Stew)
meats and vegetablesMeat pastries Walnut
macaroons In addition to food,
you may like to serve Polish drinks as well, such
as Polish vodka or wine. You may even consider
giving a small bottle of Polish
liqueur as a wedding
favour for each guest.
4. Singing/Dancing to Polish Music
Consider hiring a polka band and pass out words
to polish songs so
your guests can participate.
A popular song is called ‘Sto lat’ which literally
translated means ‘100 years’. It is often sung to
celebrate any major occasion,
such as a wedding.
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