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By Derinda Kuehn Stickel
The bride dance is a tradition here in eastern Montana
among people of German-Russian descent and others,
too. I don't think it is money grubbing at all because
it is usually only a few dollars involved.
A tradition from my North Dakota and South Dakota
relatives is for an older member of the bride's or
groom's family to smash a plate on the floor during
the dinner or recption and declare loudly enough for
everyone to hear, "Hochzeit!" which, as
you probably know, means "Wedding." I don't
know the origins of the tradition, but I wish that
I would have had it done at my wedding 30 years ago.
Best wishes to your son and his new bride. It is
commendable that they are mindful of tradition.
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