Our Favorite Wedding Traditions for the Groom and Groomsmen

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Groom’s Cakes
The tradition of serving a groom’s cake dates back to the Victorian era, when couples served one cake to guests, one to the groomsmen, and one to bridesmaids. Couples in the U.S. South adopted the tradition and serve up groom’s cakes featuring the marrying man’s interests; the tradition has gained popularity around the country as a result.

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Burying the Bourbon
Another Southern tradition, this one is said to keep rain away on the wedding day. The groom and his groomsmen must bury a full bottle of bourbon upside at the wedding location exactly one month before the big day.

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Blocking His Way
Russians have a tradition of setting up obstacles for the groom on his wedding day. The groom must answer questions about the bride, complete physical tasks, and locate his beloved before sealing the deal.bride and groom
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The Groom’s Tisch
It is customary at Jewish weddings for the groom to dine with male relatives before the wedding (today’s grooms often include female friends and family at the tisch). The groom’s reception is a special time to carry out prayers, customs, toasts, and sign the Ketubah (the Jewish marriage contract).

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The Serenade
In parts of Italy, the groom and his family throw a party — a “Serenade” -— in the streets outside the home of the bride on the wedding day. The groom sings to the bride until she appears.

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—Stephanie Hallett


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