Sometimes spectators are waiting outside to welcome the new husband and wife, while throwing rice at them.
The couple needs to pass an honor guard that might have been formed, before they can receive the best wishes and congratulations by the guests who attended the church service.
The sequence of the festivities are flexible and the traditions vary depending on regions.
The Polterabend is the evening before the City Hall Wedding, to give friends, colleagues from work, and acquaintances a chance to celebrate with the bride and groom and their families.
Usually, there is no invitation and the size of the party depends on how well the couple is known or involved in the community life.
Gender does not dictate a person’s role or duty to the family; women enjoy equal rights and the opportunity to choose their form of contribution to the household dynamic.
However, once children are born, a German mother is statistically more likely to stay at home and forfeit her career than a German father.