Black Wedding Traditions You May Not Have Heard Of

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The Taste of the Four Elements

“For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” These vows originate with the Catholic church but the Yoruba tradition has a more literal interpretation.

The taste of the four elements incorporates four flavors to represent the flavors of married life: lemon for the sour, vinegar for the bitter, cayenne for the hot and honey for the sweet. Many couples have the flavors baked in cupcakes. Then the groom and bride take a bite of each to remind them of their commitment.

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