Then there is a custom of invitation to the wedding which is truly unique to a wedding in Wales. Under the custom all the friends of the bride and the groom are to meet at an appointed place. If at all strangers do drop in they are also warmly welcomed for the ceremony. During such times every one of the guest is supposed to make a voluntary contribution, however small it may be. Such interesting customs are what make a wedding in Wales such an interesting occasion.
During the present days however such traditions have been replaced by the written notes. In some cases even a circular is sent out to the wedding guests. Yet another important ritual with weddings Wales is a unique courting tradition. This tradition is generally known as ‘The Welsh Love Spoon’. This practice has been going on for years together now. It actually involves the use of carving of a wooden love spoon. The groom in this case carves various symbols. These symbols could be of such things as keys or bells or even hearts into a wood spoon. This spoon is symbolic of the groom‘s intention for engagement and then marriage to a particular girl.
Yet another welsh marriage custom involves the bridesmaid planting myrtle. Welsh folklore has it that if the bridesmaid plants the myrtle and if it were to bloom then she will soon marry. Yet another unique custom involved in a wedding in Wales is that the bride is supposed to wear a pin in her wedding gown. The pin is removed and thrown over her shoulder to bring the couple good luck as part of the wedding ceremony.
As part of the customs in the church during a wedding in Wales, banns are read out aloud in the church three Sundays before the wedding. It is considered unlucky for the groom and the bride if they were to be present in the church during the calling of the banns. Usually a wedding in Wales is traditionally held in the noon. This is followed by a luncheon, which is known as the ‘wedding breakfast’.
As part of a wedding in Wales you can find many young bridesmaids. This is unlike customs in other countries where there are many adult attendants. The bride is supposed to pay for her attendant’s outfits, too as part of the customs. The groom very rarely dresses up in a tuxedo. Most of the times, grooms are attired in business suits.
The entire wedding party actually walks to the church together in a sort of a procession. This is an age old tradition when it comes to wedding Wales. A flower girl is also an integral part of the wedding ceremony, sprinkling petals along the road as the procession moves on. This custom actually symbolizes a happy route for the new weds as far as their wedded life is concerned.