By Lorena Blas, USA TODAY
Nobody knows exactly what Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning when it comes to their wedding (or just when it might be), but their children's ties to different cultures could make the ceremony interesting. USA TODAY rounds up some of the possible customs they could borrow from.
Connection: Son Maddox, 11, is from Cambodia.
Marital customs: Wedding ceremonies consist of multiple rituals that used to take place over the course of three days and three nights. In contemporary weddings, the process is condensed into a day. First, the groom and his family bring gifts to the bride's family. Various relatives and friends are introduced and wedding rings are exchanged. Traditional songs are sung and then a Tea Ceremony takes place. The bride and groom get their hair cut as a symbol of the fresh start to their new life as a married couple. Later, wedding guests take turns to tie the couples left and right wrists with "blessing strings." After all the wedding rituals take place, the fun continues with a reception.
Connection: Son Pax, 8, is from Vietnam.
Marital customs: The bride usually wears more than one ensemble on her wedding day. At the formal ceremony, she typically wears a traditional white gown. At the end of the night when it's time for dancing and fun, she would wear a dress of her preference. But in between, they wear a type of dress known as ao dai, which are styled after what the woman of the 18th Century Nguyen Dynasty wore. The dress usually is red or pink. Many weddings also include a formal tea ceremony in which the bride and groom serve their parents who in turn offer speeches and/or advice to the couple.
Connection: Daughter Zahara, 7, is from Ethiopia.
Marital customs: Jolie will have no problem with this: Karo people tattoo the bride-to-be's abdomen with different symbols. The Gamo people have a more unusual tradition: On the day of the wedding and before the groom arrives for the ceremony, the bride receives guests, and the women among them will put oyssa (butter) or sometimes gelo marache (a special wedding butter made of intestines) and gata (grass) on the bride's head as a blessing.
Connection: Daughter Shiloh, 6, was born in Namibia.
Marital customs: The bride wears a veil typically made of goat skin, rubbed with tar, grease and red ocher. A more specific custom among the Himba people of Namibia involves the symbolic "kidnapping" of a bride before the ceremony. After the ritual, the new bride is brought into the house where she is reminded of her wifely duties. She is then "accepted" into the family when the groom's relatives anoint her with butterfat from cows. Nama people have more familiar traditions. On the wedding day, food is brought to the bride's home. After a church wedding, the celebration continues for several days. The couple spends their first night as husband and wife separately.
Connection: Twins Knox and Vivienne, 3, were born in France.
Marital customs: The bridal hope chest, a large chest used by an unwed young woman to keep clothing and household linen in anticipation of married life, is also known as a bridal trousseau and is a tradition in France. In some small French towns, the groom still calls on the bride-to-be at her home on the morning of their wedding day. As he escorts her to the wedding venue, children stretch white ribbons across the road, which the bride cuts. There's no alone time for the couple until after the ceremony has died down. Late into the wedding night, friends of the newlyweds might show up outside their window banging pots and pans. (Hello, George Clooney!) They usually won't stop until the groom invites them in for refreshments.