In many wedding ceremonies, items are thrown at the newlyweds as they leave for their honeymoon for reasons ranging from luck to fertility. But at nuptials in the Czech Republic, items are often thrown before, during and after the ceremony.
Like most Western unions, flower girls start the process by scattering petals as a symbol of fertility for the couple. During the ceremony, a plate is thrown at the feet of the bride and groom, and the couple must clean it up together to show unity. When exiting the wedding site, friends and family throw peas, again as a symbol of fertility. Lastly, nuts, grains, coins and figs are thrown at the home of the newlyweds in an effort to appease the ancient pagan gods of house and home [source: Moravian Weddings].