A wedding in Germany could be a three day celebration!!!
On Thursday, the couple gathers with family and close friends to go to the city hall to have a civil ceremony. Afterwards they all go out to dinner.
On friday, the couple is visited for the Polterabend, or wedding-eve party, by friends and neighbors. The celebration entails the smashing of plates and other breakables as a sign of good luck (may nothing ever be broken in your home again). The couple then must sweep up the bits of glass and pottery together.
On Saturday, the newlyweds religious ceremony takes place, followed by the reception of traditional fare. Before the couple can sneak out of the party, friends place garlands of flowers, greenery and ribbons at the exits. The groom must “ransom” the couple out with promises of money or a party.