Wedding Traditions of the World: Food Edition
Your wedding day is a time to mark a major milestone in your relationship and exchange wedding band sets, but it’s also an occasion to celebrate the family and cultural traditions that are most important to you and your partner. And what brings people together more than delicious food?
Here are just a few of the edible wedding traditions from around the world that you might want to incorporate into your own special day.
Pastry lovers will swoon over France’s traditional wedding cake, called a croquembouche. Instead of one large wedding cake, a croquembouche is actually an elegant tower made from cream puffs – profiteroles – and covered in cream, caramelized sugar or chocolate, as well as decorations such as flowers or sugar art.
The traditional Thai dessert foy thong, a long noodle dish made from egg yolks and sugar syrup, is often served at weddings. The name translates to “golden silk threads,” and the dish represents the enduring love between the married couple.
After the couple says “I do” and exchanges wedding band sets at the ceremony, the English wedding reception traditionally continues with a custom that dates back to the medieval era: a three-tiered fruitcake (Prince William and Kate Middleton served a larger version at their wedding in 2011). The dried fruit and nuts are symbols of fertility and good fortune, and the top tier is called the “christening cake,” which the couple keeps to eat at the christening of their first child.
In Morocco, delicious wedding traditions abound. Guests begin the celebration with milk – symbolizing happiness and safety – and dates – representing a sweet life. The wedding feast might include pastilla (or bastilla) – a meat pie traditionally made with pigeon but can also be made with chicken or seafood – or roasted lamb.
Kazunoko, or herring roe, signifies fertility and prosperity in Japan, and it is often served at weddings. The fish eggs are dried and pickled, then served on top of rice.
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