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Marriage Customs of Norway

Wedding

THE CEREMONY
- Once the couple is ready, a fiddler follows their path of movements to begin the ceremony.
- It is most common to have the ceremony on a boat on the water.
-Ceremonies can be long, ending with a sermon addressed to the couple.
- The most common Norwegian song played during the ceremony is called "Come to the Wedding."

THE GROOM
- The groom wears a hand-made, woolen suit known as a "bunda." It has a white silk shirt, short pants, and stockings that come up to their calves. Also included is a vest and topcoat. Colorful designs are unique, based on where the grooom was born or where his family came from.

THE BRIDE
Her dress is usually black, with rows of red (usually) braids round the bottom, with a silver/silver and gold crown. Around the crown, there are small, spoon-like bangles that produce a soothing music when she moves. It is designed to ward off evil spirits and insure that she will be happy through the whole wedding.
 

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THE RINGS
-The wedding bands promote the circle of everlasting love throughout the relationship.

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