Germany has many unique wedding traditions and customs that are different for those of other European countries. To describe the uniqueness of this unique event in each person's life Germany Post has introduced to the stamp enthusiasts attention a special occasion stamp that boasts with its original design.
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A traditional wedding in Germany lasts three days, but not necessarily consecutive days. On the first day the couple is married by the justice of peace, or as in Germany called "Standesbeamte". This is because in Germany it is not legal to marry "only" in a church ceremony. The civil ceremony takes place one week or one day before the church ceremony, and only the couple's closest family members and friends in attendance.
On the second day there is a big, informal party called the Polterabend ‒ "the evening with lots of broken porcelain". Friends and relatives bring old porcelain and kitchenware to smash in front of the bride and groom. The broken pieces are thought to grant them a happy, lucky life. "The German proverb ‒ 'Scherben bringen Gluck' ‒ which can be translated as 'Broken crockery brings you luck', is derived from this custom".
On the third day the religious ceremony and reception takes place. Since the bride and groom are already married by law, they usually enter the church together and walk down the aisle together. The bride typically wears a white gown without a train. The bride often carries salt and bread as an omen of good harvest. The groom typically wears a black tuxedo and carries grain for good luck and wealth.
Let's dive in the German world of wedding celebration with its special festive stamp by German Post!