By Jamie Rivera Published 01/27/2018 06:55:00 | Views: 198
Weddings Around the World: Jamaica

Pure paradise, Jamaicans know how to enjoy life. Food, music, and revelry are staples in Jamaican culture and in Jamaican weddings. Read on to see how you can incorporate them into your own wedding.

Pre-Wedding Traditions
Family and friends send the engaged couple eggs (a symbol of fertility) to use in baking the wedding cake.

The maid of honor is referred to as “chief.”

Reception Rituals
Upbeat, rich sounds of reggae, calypso, and soca rhythms mark Jamaican wedding receptions.

Food, Drink and Toasts
The feast consists of curried goat, roast pork, salted codfish cakes, red snapper in Caribbean Creole sauce, avocado or watercress salad, boiled green bananas, rice, and rum punch. Loaves of hard dough bread in the shape of a duck or chicken sit at the corners of each table. The wedding cake is a rich pound cake, liberally soaked in rum and made from dried fruits (prunes, cherries, raisins, currants) and made with flour, butter and a dozen eggs. Guests send some of the wedding cake ingredients to the couple beforehand. A net may cover the cake and guests offer money to have it removed; the money going to the newlyweds.

Starting Your Lives Together
The bride’s family mails pieces of the rum-soaked wedding fruitcake to guests unable to attend the wedding.

Tips and Ideas for Incorporating Traditions Into Your Modern-Day Wedding  
* Take a cue from the Jamaicans and fill your wedding with upbeat reggae music. What better way to put people in a festive partying mood, man?!

By Jamie Rivera 01/27/2018 06:55:00

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