The Top Wedding Traditions From Around the World

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Have you ever stopped to think about all the different types of weddings and wedding traditions from around the world? Sure, we get so caught up in our own wedding planning that we tend to overlook how many varieties of traditions there are throughout the globe. While some cultures and countries spend more time on fertility spells and less time on choosing the right wedding invitations, it’s fascinating to see what types of traditions are out there for other people. Take a look at this awesome infographic below from our friends at


Wedding_Superstitions The Top Wedding Traditions From Around the WorldMarital traditions and superstitions aren’t just found in the United States. There are plenty of other countries around the globe that incorporate certain cultural expectations into their big day. Here are some of the strangest traditions or superstitions that you may have never heard about.


Wearing a White Dress

Nowadays, most Western countries adorn their beautiful brides in white dresses, but this wasn’t always the case. This tradition actually started as a trend in the 1840’s by Queen Victoria, and has been popular ever since! Believe it or not, some countries have a traditional color of red for their wedding dresses as white can represent something entirely different.


Carrying Across the Threshold

Surely this is a custom you’ve heard from a few western countries, including the United States. But have you ever wondered why the groom is supposed to carry his new wife across the threshold of their home? This custom is intended as a form of protection, as for the groom to carry his bride in his arms is an act of warding off evil spirits through strength.


Wearing a Veil

This is not just a fashion trend, as one might assume. Wearing a veil means something entirely different. What originated in Ancient Greece and Rome, is a tradition that is intended to protect the bride from any evil spirits during her wedding.


Weekly Food Preparation 

A custom in Egypt (that we can totally get behind by the way) is that for the entire week leading up to the wedding, the bride’s family does all the cooking for the future newlyweds. Sounds like a dream come true for us!


Rainy Wedding

While most people tend to curse a rain storm on their wedding, some cultures actually believe it is good luck. Hindu cultures for example, think that when it rains on your wedding day, your marriage will be blessed and filled with good luck and good health.


Spiders in the Dress

For many people, finding a spider in a dress would probably result in a lot of screaming and potential tears. Heck, maybe even in extreme cases, the postponement of nuptials. But for the English, finding a spider in your wedding dress is a sign of good luck! Either that, or a really jealous younger sister.


Body Adornment

You probably have seen before many Middle Eastern-style weddings, where the women are adorned with henna all over their hands and feet. Believe it or not, there is a reason for this body art, beyond just looking beautiful. The henna is said to have protective purposes, that when on the hands and feet of a women, will keep them safe from the evil eye, which is said to leave women unable to have children.


Dunking in Milk

While you may be more accustomed to dunking cookies in milk, you probably will find it a bit strange to dunk your entire body. However, this is a pre-wedding ritual for Moroccans. Before the wedding, Moroccan women take a milk bath, mixed with argan oils in order to purify themselves before the big day. Although cookies aren’t allowed in the tub with you, it sounds like a great way to stay soft before the wedding!


Something Borrowed, Something…Green

Bet you expected us to say blue, huh? Well in Japan, blue is not the lucky color of choice for a wedding. In fact, in Japan, green is the lucky color of choice. Green gifts and green clothing are given to the couple in order to prepare them for eternity together.


A Spit of Good Luck

For many of us, spitting is a dirty habit that we’ve been groomed as children to avoid at all costs. However, in Kenya, spitting is something that happens at a wedding as a blessing. Can you believe that?! The father of the bride will spit on his daughter’s head and chest in order to bless her and her new union.


The Tooth of a Whale

It is common for many cultures to ask the father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. While in Fiji, that is still the case, there is something else that accompanies this question. When a man wishes to wed a woman, he must ask her father for permission, while also presenting him with a whale tooth. This signifies the man’s commitment to the daughter, and the seriousness of his request.


A Walk Across the Relatives

I’m sure many of you have considered stepping on your relatives or in-laws at one point or another. The good news is, that if you’re getting married in French Polynesia, your dreams will become a reality! After the wedding, the relatives of both the bride and groom lay on the ground, facedown, and allow the couple to walk across them. Good luck, perhaps? Or maybe just a free chiropractic adjustment.


Giving a Gift

One of the most popular, and most coveted wedding traditions across the globe involves giving a gift to the bride and groom. Honoring the couple and their commitment to one another is truly a magical thing, and what better way to reward them in their commitment than with a gift?! Our friends over at have an incredible collection of wedding gifts for different countries and cultures, perfect to send along to the new couple. Take a look at their arrangement of wedding gifts and see for yourself.

Why It’s Okay to Not Invite Coworkers to Your Wedding

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Before you start shopping around for wedding invitations, there is another task you probably should tackle first–the dreaded wedding guest list. While some people find it simple to construct a list of all the people they wish to observe and honor their nuptials, others find it to dang near impossible to narrow everything down to one final list. There is that ever-present feeling of forgetting someone, hurting somebody by excluding them, or simply having to put finances over invitees. Of course it’s easiest to come up with the main contenders (family members, close friends, wedding party-duh) but once you get to that “gray area” part of the guest list, things can get a little dicey. For example, what about coworkers? Here you are, most likely spending more time with your coworkers than the actual person you’re marrying, so should you invite them to your big day? What if you’re closer to some coworkers and not others?! What do you do?!?!

The good news is, we’re here to help. It is totally and completely find to not invite coworkers to your wedding. So before you go feeling all guilty about not including them, continue reading in order to understand a bit more of the wedding invitation etiquette…

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If you don’t really have coworkers with whom you are close outside of work, then it is fine to leave them off your wedding guest list.

For most people, they connect with certain coworkers but probably not all. Maybe you all go out for Happy Hour on Friday, but there are only a few who really know you and who you communicate with regularly outside of work. If you do not dedicate any free time to any of these people, then you do not need to invite them to your wedding. Plain and simple.

If you do invite a few coworkers, make sure they know not to make a big deal about it at work.

If you really want to avoid hurt feelings, then make sure the invitees know that talking about the wedding at work is off-limits.  It is unnecessary to whisper about it, make it known who was invited and who wasn’t, and make people feel bad for no reason. Keep it under wraps, and you can gush about the excitement through text.


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Consider the fact that in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, you will want to know who is in those wedding photos and why.

Wedding photos last a lifetime. So if you’re debating over whether or not your coworkers should make the cut, then ask yourself this: will you really stay in touch with them 5, 10, 20 years from now? Will you remember who they are in the photos? Sure some people lose touch, but when you’re reminiscing with your partner on the 10th anniversary and can’t quite fathom why that stranger is in your photo, then you probably already know the answer.

Think about the money.

For many couples, wedding planning comes down to dollars and cents. Weddings can be extremely costly, and since they are mostly a sit-down affair, paying per plate is the norm. So think about this, are you willing to spend oftentimes over $100-200 per plate for someone to come and enjoy your special day?

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You don’t have to invite your boss. Really.

It is common wedding etiquette to NOT invite your big boss. Weddings are supposed to be relaxing (mostly) with a lot of fun, celebration, and letting loose! You won’t want to have to worry about how your big boss feels about….I don’t know, kissing your partner so much, dancing with your family, being silly in a photo booth. The last thing you want is your boss seeing you getting a little bit tipsy at the reception and you feeling guilty about it the next day.

Always remember, try not to discuss the wedding too often in the office, especially if you aren’t planning on inviting anyone from the office. It’s easy to get caught up in the conversation, especially when people ask how the wedding planning is going. But try to be mindful of their feelings, and keep is brief and casual.

And don’t forget, if you’re getting too stressed about inviting or not inviting coworkers, you can really always just elope 😉

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When to Send Out Save the Dates

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So your big day is coming up, faster than you could have imagined. Maybe panic is starting to set in–maybe you’re unsure of whether or not you checked certain items off your To-Do list. Or perhaps your calendar is overflowing with so many different items to tackle, you don’t even know where to start. The good news is, each task needs to be completed within a certain time-frame, so as long as you have a calendar or agenda book and a pen, you’re in business.

Wedding invitations are normally an easy thing to check off your list, primarily because there are so many options, you’re always guaranteed to find something that fits both you and the occasion perfectly. Before you can finish typing “wedding inv” into your search bar, remember that Polka Dot Design has more invite cards and save the date cards than you could ever imagine.

But the key component for most who shop weddings and wedding invite cards is to understand when to actually send out the invites. Sending wedding cards or an invite wedding card should actually happen 6-8 months prior to the wedding itself. You want to give each invitee enough time to save the date so that nothing else may interfere with your big day. Here are a few of our favorite Save the Date Cards for you to start planning ahead for:


Bridal Palm Tree Invitation

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Aqua Elegant Photo Collage Photo Card

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Blue Bird Tree Invitation

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Think about your save the date invites before sending them out, as to avoid any unnecessary mistakes. Believe it or not, there are a few different mistakes that are normally made when figuring out save the date invites. For example, some people choose to send more stuffy, non-personal invites which don’t really showcase who they are as a couple. Save the dates are a perfect way to illustrate who you are as a a pair, and get the invitee excited to experience this union with you.

Another mistake people make when sending out save the dates is simply sending them out way to see to the actual wedding date. If you’re the type of person that likes to fly by the seat of their pants, that’s great….for you. However, many people find being regimented a bit more practical to their lifestyle and prefer as much advanced notice as possible. Sure, if you decide to elope, that’s one thing. But make sure you give people enough  notice ahead of time in order for them to completely reserve that day for you.

For a true customized experience for all your prints or stationery needs, Polka Dot Design is here to help. We feature a wide array of designers and design invitation opportunities for you to choose from, so that you always find something to fit what you want. First, try to find the perfect set of invitations, customize them exactly to your liking, and then send them out to all you wish to attend your gathering. Simple, easy, 1-2-3.

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Wedding Invitations

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As the temperatures bounce back from their all-time lows, and as much of the snow melts from wintertime, the warm breeze and Daylight Savings reminders nudge us in the direction of making the ultimate springtime plans. Maybe for you that means hosting a garden party, or perhaps that just means that it is officially time to order your wedding invitations. If you answered the latter, then boy, are you in for a treat.

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Ivory Wedding or Deb Gown Invitation

The thing about Polka Dot Design that we are really proud of…ahem, besides our invitations…is that we carry a ton of invites, stationery, and notecards that you really can’t find anywhere else. We like the idea of being the number one provider of the most exclusive invitations around. Because the best part about it all is that we take that exclusivity and turn it into a product that can be personalized and customized the way that you need. It’s simple, really.

Most people enjoy the idea of having one-of-a-kind products especially when it comes to their wedding. If you’re looking for a little help in terms of exclusivity for your upcoming bridal shower, or pre-wedding party, then we have some true gems for you.

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Wood Floral Wedding Suite Invitation

Are you planning your bachelorette party as we speak? Keep things easy and organized with a unique set of bachelorette invites that can remove the hassle of sorting, inviting, and gathering together friends and family to celebrate. Take a look at some of the best that we carry and start getting inspired for your pre-wedding planning.

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English Rose Garden Wedding Suite Invitation

Maybe you’ve already got your bachelorette party invites covered and now you’re onto the engagement party invitations. Sometimes planning the engagement party can be the most enjoyable part of the pre-wedding fun. It’s lighthearted, free-spirited festivity that doesn’t have the same pressure that say, the wedding holds. Whether you choose to plan a big soirée, showcasing who you are as a couple, or you want to throw a simple rehearsal dinner for a few close friends, we have the invites you need to eliminate any of the unnecessary planning snafus.

Sometimes people find the hardest part of any wedding planning or invitation design process being the pre-wedding party invitation wording. You don’t have to have an English degree, or minor in creative writing to craft a beautifully written or cleverly inspired invitation. We make the invitation-creation process as simple as possible when we combine our wording ideas with your special occasion. Whether you need a quick quip to bring a little bit of fun to the party, or something sentimental to illustrate your feelings to the invitee, we provide all the wording you need to get your invitation in tip top shape.

Let us help you craft and create the best wedding invitations you have ever seen.


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Nautical Birthday Invitations

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We often get contacted by customers looking to switch up their birthday celebration and throw a party that is unique and potentially uncharted in terms of theme. While we have a plethora of ideas and party themes to choose from on our site that stay tried-and-true no matter the gathering, we also want to highlight a particular type of party that maybe you haven’t considered before: The Nautical Birthday Party.


Whether you are throwing a party for your nephew who loves boats, or you yourself are a yachting captain, wanting to set sail on a birthday celebration honoring your hobby, we have the best and bravest nautical birthday invitations you have ever seen.

Take a look at our most popular collection, and find your inspiration to start planning.

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The truth is, nautical themed birthday party invitations can run the gamut on party planing ideas. Whether you are looking to celebrate an engagement party dinner cruise on the open sea, or you want to host a beach party to end all beach parties, nautical themed party invitations can go a long way. Filled with the most detailed and creative anchors, seahorses, and nautical-inspired regalia, hit the high seas with these clever birthday invitations.

Or perhaps you are looking to throw the ultimate crab boil in your neighborhood and need a few printable crawfish and oyster-inspired invites to send to your friends and family. There is nothing like gathering together for a good old fashioned seafood extravaganza, and we have the perfect invitations to get started.


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Chesapeake Treasure Invitation

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Crab Invitation

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The thing about nautical themed invitations that are so darn fascinating, is that there always is a little bit of nostalgia tied into the mix. Some people revert back to their childhood, playing with their sailboats in endless fascination, while others dream about living on the coast with their family, waking up to the sounds of the sea and surf every morning. There is something so classically timeless that surfaces with each nautical party, it is no wonder why they are celebrated with such class.

Nautical themed parties also allow you to stretch your creative wings and get really clever in decorations and details. Craft elegant centerpieces out of sanded driftwood, or make mosaic sea glass art to adorn each place setting. You can even place name cards inside of bottles in order to direct guests where to sit for dinner. Throwing a party centered around a nautical theme means that you can get lost in another world completely, and allow your guests to experience it all with you.

As always, any questions or ideas that you would like to throw our way, we are all ears! Here at Polka Dot Design, we want your invitation crafting experience to be as flawless as fun as possible. Shoot us an email, drop us a line, or cast your reel in our direction. We are ready to help with all of your nautical birthday invitation needs.

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