Sharing the Bread, Salt and
Wine at a Polish
The sharing of the bread, salt and wine is an old Polish
tradition. At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom,
greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with
salt and a goblet of wine.
With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children
will never hunger or be in need. With the salt, they are reminding the
couple that their life may be difficult at times, and they must learn to
cope with life's struggles. With the wine, they are hoping that the couple
will never thirst and wish that they have a life of good health, and good
cheer and share the company of many good friends.
The parents then kiss the newly married couple as a sign
of welcome, unity and love.
A Special Polish Tradition For Your Wedding
Make your family's Wedding Day a little more special by
incorporating an old and beautiful wedding custom at your reception.
Including this Polish tradition at the wedding reception will add an extra
touch that will be enjoyed and remembered by all of your guests.
The Maitre'd or band leader introduces the parents, the
Bridal Party and then the Bride and Groom. When the parents are introduced,
they should walk directly to the front of the main table and wait for the
newly married couple. When the Bride and Groom are introduced, the Polish
Wedding March should be played by the band. The Bride and Groom circle the
dance floor as a general greeting to all of the guests and then proceed to
the front of the main table where the ceremony will be conducted with the
parents. (The Bridal Party can be seated at the main table or they can
gather on each side of the parents to witness the ceremony.)
On a small table in front of the main table should be a
tray with the following: a small dish of salt, 2 small slices of rye bread
and a glass of wine. When everyone is ready, the Master of Ceremonies should
read the following text as the ceremony is conducted.
"This is a long cherished Polish tradition which has been
passed down through the centuries. It symbolizes the union of the Bride and
Groom and their families".
End of Ceremony
"The Bride and Groom are being greeted by their parents
with bread and salt and a glass of wine. The parents sprinkle the bread with
salt and give it to both of the newlyweds to eat. The bread represents the
parents hope that their children will never experience hunger or need, the
salt reminds the couple that their life may be difficult at times and they
must learn together to cope with life's struggles.
The parents now present the glass of wine to the Bride and
Groom for each of them to drink. With the wine, the parents hope that they
will never thirst and that they will have a life of good health and cheer
and share the company of many good friends.
The parents now join in kissing the bride and groom as a
welcome to the family and as a sign of their love and unity."
At the end of the ceremony, the bride, groom and their
parents proceed to their tables and await grace before the meal.
1. The Maitre'd or Band Leader announces the parents.
Parents go to the center of the floor in front of the head table and await
the Bride and Groom. On a small table there should be a tray, containing a
small dish of salt, 2 slices of rye bread and a glass of wine.
2. The Maitre'd or Band Leader now announces the Bridal
3. The Maitre'd or Band Leader announces the Bride and
Groom. The Polish Wedding March should be played as the Bride and Groom
enter the reception hall. At this time the Bride and Groom go to the front
of the main table where their parents are waiting to greet them for the
4. The parents then perform the ceremony with the Bride
and Groom as the script is read by the Maitre'd or Band Leader: