The marriage service itself is often accompanied by both a religious and civil support, but there are many different traditions that make up polish bridal customs. Some are more sophisticated than another, but all are meant to show the handful that their family and friends are united in their help of them and want them a happy life together.

One of the most prominent polish wedding traditions is the Oczepiny (unveiling of the wedding). The unveiling is a major part of the wedding and it represents her change from single person to married wife. The bride’s parents, aunts, godmothers and grandmothers all join her on the dance floor in a circle and, at the command of the druzba ( band leader ), they remove the bride’s veil while the guests sing a song called Oj Chmielu Chmielu ( which some claim is the oldest known polish wedding song ).

Another conventional Polish bridal convention is zmowiny – this is where the parents of the groom and wedding meet for the first time. The monsieur d’ or strap leader likely reveal the parents, who therefore come to a tiny table with bread polish women for marriage and salt. The wheat symbolizes the hope that the couple does always practice hunger and the salt reminds them that life may often be difficult and they must learn to cope along.

After the presentation of bread and salt, the pair has their first toast- frequently this is a shot of vodka passed from person to person. The couple drinks from their glasses and, according to tradition, whoever ends up with the glass of vodka will wear the pants in the relationship!