The customs associated with polter night (Polterabend) probably stem from pre-Christian times. The day before the wedding, stoneware and porcelain — never glassware — is violenty smashed by friends and family in order to chase away evil spirits. The shards are traditionally swept up by the betrothed.
How can I get married fast in Germany?
The process of getting married in Germany can be fairly quick, as couples must tie the knot within six months of receiving their marriage license. Couples have a civil ceremony at a registry office. They can then choose to follow this with a religious ceremony or reception; however, this has no legal effect.
What do guests do at pre wedding parties in Germany?
In Germany, rehearsal or grooms dinners are not celebrated. The Polterabend is the equivalent, which is usually celebrated one to three weeks prior to the wedding. Every guest brings old porcelain to break at the party. Dont be surprised if guests show up with porcelain toilets or with a truck full of porcelain.