If you’re planning a German wedding theme, whether in traditional Bavaria or up in the Alps, or in a bustling city like Berlin or Munich filled with culture, or even traveling down the Rhine River by boat… if you want to have your wedding in a true fairy tale setting, the possibilites are endless in Germany.
It’s the land of fabulous castles high up in the hills, fit for kings and queens, like the beautiful Lichtenstein Castle or at Neuschwanstein Castle, the place which inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately you can’t get married inside Neuschwanstein Castle, but you can set up your ceremony on the grassy area outside, or use the small chapel to say your “I do’s”.
Germany is filled with so much history and tradition, and with that comes amazing antiques! Find intricate wedding rings decorated with symbols of love and quotations from the marriage ceremony to complete your look. Both the bride and groom-to-be wear a ring on their left hand and after the wedding, they move the wedding ring to their right hand, like in many European countries. We absolutely love this! Why shouldn’t the groom-to-be get to wear an engagement ring too?
The first thing on your to-do list for a German wedding theme is to stock up on cheap china. At your rehearsal dinner, the night before your wedding, liven up the evening by throwing the dishes on the ground! This traditional party is called Polterabend, and it is meant to bring the bride more good luck with each piece of china she shatters. Afterwards, the bride and groom together sweep up all the bits and pieces to make sure nothing ever gets broken in their house again! This comes from a German proverb, “scherben bringen glück”, meaning “shards bring luck”.
Don’t forget to also get a German wedding cup, a special vessel that a couple drinks out of for their wedding toast. The old story behind the cup dates back to the 15th century and goes liks this according to Zank You:
Centuries ago, in a small, southern German town called Nuermberg, there lived a wealthy nobleman. His daughter fell in love with a lowly goldsmith and the couple wanted to marry. Her father did not approve, so he threw the goldsmith into a dark dungeon and continued to offer his daughter wealthier, more “appropriate” suiters. The girl grew pale and weak as she longed for her beloved. Her father, concerned for her health, reluctantly offered a proposal:“If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling a single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride.”
The nobleman thought he’d proposed the impossible. However, the goldsmith was determined and inspired by love, and he skillfully created a masterpiece. The cup he created is a sculpted girl with a hollow skirt to serve as one cup. The girl’s arms hold a smaller cup that swivels in the direction of the second drinker. The nobleman’s daughter and the goldsmith could each drink from one end, without a drop spilled. The nobleman was left with no choice but to allow the couple to wed, and to this day, the chalice remains a symbol of love, faithfulness and good luck to the couples who drink from it.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Eurer Hochzeit!
Alicia-Rae + Tammy x0