Re: Jamaican wedding traditions
Carly, that is such a great idea!!! I don't know of any, but I"m off to research it!
Here's what I found so far:
-One Jamaican wedding tradition is a dark fruitcake liberally laced with rum is served at wedding receptions of Jamaican couples.
-Following the celebration, the wedding party slices the remainder of the wedding cake and mails them to friends and relatives unable to attend the wedding reception.(ew, can you imagine how GROSS that cake would be back home?! )
- Like most Caribbean countries, the wedding cake is prominent in the celebration. It is a rich pound cake made of dried fruits (prunes, cherries, raisins, currants) soaked in rum, plus flour, butter, and a dozen eggs. Some guests may send ingredients as wedding presents beforehand. The bride parades through the streets to her wedding ceremony, and her appearance is commented upon -- even ridiculed! Her Maid of Honor is referred to as the "Chief". Since many weddings are village or community celebrations, no guest is refused and can enjoy a feast featuring curried goat, rice, and rum punch. Slices of cake are mailed to guests who cannot attend.
-The wedding style is similar to an American wedding. The bride and groom primarily handle the wedding arrangements. Everyone in the village lines the streets to see a bride. If she does not look her best she is publicly criticized. Her father or both parents escort her down the aisle. Her face is veiled until her husband lifts her veil. During the ceremony the couple will go to the church office or rectory to sign the wedding certificate. The bride may change her attire into a formal dress or during the reception.
-The bride's matron of honor is known as the Chief, the flower girl carries the train.
-Curried goat and rice is included on the menu of a traditional Jamaican wedding. The goat is killed and cooked prior to the wedding celebration day. Rum punch, including a red sweet fruit syrup, rum pimento and lime is traditionally served. (A very smooth drink but quite potent.) Champagne and wine and spirits are also served.
-The wedding cake, usually a dark cake, has been soaked for about a year so the fruits and bread will be flavored and moist.
-The wedding reception often lasts until the sun comes up. With Jamaican hospitality, no guest is refused, even if they come uninvited.
VERY Interesting....Jamaica weddings many years ago: Jamaica Gleaner : Pieces of the Past: Old-time Jamaican weddings