December 11th, 2023

Scandinavian Wedding Beliefs

When you are getting married in Scandinavia, it’s important to pay attention to some of the quirkier beliefs We asked bride planner Mariella Gink to give us the dirt on some of Sweden’s unique norms.

Before relationships in Viking days, the bride did get a bath to cleanse herself and spiritually clean ahead her maidenhood. Then she would bounce into cold fluids to symbolize the shift into womanhood. Her hair was moreover a big deal. She may weave it into complex locks to reflect her gender, and the more complicated her tresses were, the better it boded for the pair. The grooms would wear a shirt and trousers made of wool or linen. They did also hold their daggers.

In Norse tradition, it was common for people to send each of their customers home with donations. This is a custom that carries on today. It is common to see a product register at Swedish celebrations, but it’s not the rule to get huge financial contributions, as most people can afford to buy themselves a current.

After the service, it’s time to honor! Swedish ceremonies are known for their lengthy, sophisticated supper events. The evening might involve from eight to 12 remarks, examinations of video from the bachelor and bachelorette parties, games and songs. A friend of the couple is usually designated master of ceremonies to coordinate all the entertainment.

Another quirky Scandinavian wedding tradition is that whenever the groom or bride leaves a room for any reason, other men will line up to kiss them. This is one of our favorite things to capture on camera as a photographer because it’s so funny!