German weddings are rich with numerous customs which would make a wonderful addition to the wedding of any bride or groom with German heritage. German weddings traditionally span the course of several days, and involve lots of fun and games for all.
China dishes are smashed to bits, with the idea that it will bring good luck to the bride and groom. It is important to note that only china and porcelain are used, never glass; breaking glass is considered to be bad luck. The breaking of the china during the polterabend also symbolizes that while some dishes may break, the marriage never will. Once the smashing is over, the bride and groom work together to clear away the shards, which represents how well they will work together as a team during their marriage.