10. The crushing of the glass
The Jewish tradition, where the groom’s breaks a wine glass under his shoe, is meant to help people in attendance remember the fall of the Temple of Jerusalem. The crushing of the glass at the end of the wedding is also believed to symbolize that marriage isn’t always as happy as the wedding itself.
Whether or not these traditions actually make any sense these days, they certainly do connect the modern society to its past. Do you know some other wedding traditions? What’s your favorite one?