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A union of harmonious souls is a personal and meaningful event that is celebrated all around the world. Usually, the happy couple brings their family traditions into the occasion, with many opting to follow cultural customs as well.
Adding elements of their culture and values into the wedding allows a couple the opportunity to celebrate their love in a unique way. This is especially true if the culture has strongly influenced their relationship.
Despite the many differences, one of the unifying factors of weddings across cultures is the tradition of gifting the happy couple a significant gift to celebrate the start of their life together. Although it’s customary in the U.S. to create a gift registry for guests to purchase something, couples may receive food and flowers to burn or bury as an offering to Mother Earth in Peru.
Wedding gift traditions vary widely across continents, countries, and people. Check out Zola’s guide to wedding gift traditions from around the world to learn more about how to honor the bride and groom from any culture properly. It’s also a great way to learn what you should get for your international friends’ weddings.