A beautiful vision of snow-capped mountains and pastoral scenes; the perfect backdrop for a fairytale wedding, don’t you think? If you’re planning on getting married in Austria or incorporating some traditional elements in to your day, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out some of our favourites.
Waking of the Bride
For those feeling strong hearted, traditionally the bride would be woken up on her wedding day by her friends and neighbours, before then being greeted in the street with a ceremony of gunshots or firecrackers to ward away evil spirits. If only just donning the evil eye from Greek tradition were enough!
Journey to the Ceremony
One of our favourites - why shouldn’t the couple see each other before the ceremony? In Austrian tradition, the couple would journey towards the wedding ceremony venue together, having to stop along the way to meet friends and family who would give them a task to complete - nothing embarrassing, more like the sawing of a log…
The Viennese Waltz is probably the most popular ballroom dance in the country and is often selected as a romantic and elegant first dance.
Stealing the Bride
Not quite a tradition many go along with nowadays, but essentially the bride would be ‘kidnapped’ by some friends and held hostage in a nearby location (like the local pub) whilst the groom would have the challenge of finding and getting her back before midnight. Do note that bride stealing is strictly prohibited after 12pm!
The Wedding Shoe Auction
Still a very popular tradition in Austrian weddings - a bid for the bridal shoe. Despite a wealth of bids coming in, the last bid must be made by the father or the groom in order to uphold the honour of the bride.
For more on the legalities of getting married in Austria, click here.
This blog was written by our media partner Guides for Brides.