The civil ceremony takes place one week or one day before the church ceremony, and only the couples closest family members and friends in attendance.
The ceremony is usually followed by a dinner (German Wedding Traditions, Part 2 2004 & Marriage 2005).
The bride and groom have to clean up everything, symbolizing that nothing will ever be broken in their house (Phelan 2005).
The broken pieces are thought to grant them a happy, lucky life.
The German proverb Scherben bringen Gluckwhich can be translated as Broken crockery brings you luck, is derived from this custom (Marriage 2005).
In Germany, the couple has to give a six-week notice to the city of their intended marriage.
Many couples also have a church wedding." Germany has many unique wedding traditions and customs.A traditional wedding in Germany lasts three days, but not necessarily consecutive days (Phelan 2005).On the first day the couple is married by the justice of peace, or as in Germany called Standesbeamte.This is because in Germany it is not legal to marry only in a church ceremony.
On the second day there is a big, informal party called the Polterabendthe evening with lots of broken porcelain.
Friends and relatives bring old porcelain and kitchenware to smash in front of the bride and groom.