Friends and relatives bring old porcelain and kitchenware to smash in front of the bride and groom.
The broken pieces are thought to grant them a happy, lucky life.
The veils are generally fingertip length and seldom wore over the brides face when she walks down the aisle (German Wedding Traditions, Part 2 2004).
The bride often carries salt and bread as an omen of good harvest (Phelan 2005).
Today, both parents and the couple itself share the costs of the wedding, rather than only the father of the bride (German Wedding Traditions, Part 1 2004).