In England, the ceremony usually began with a priest blessing the bed, after which the newlyweds prepared themselves for bed and drank sweet and spicy wine. Law portal Religion portal Human sexuality portal. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The bedding ceremony refers to the wedding custom of putting the newlywed couple together in the marital bed before numerous witnesses, thereby completing the marriage. In the 16th century, in what is now Germany, the bedding ceremony was performed to the sound of pipes , drums and "obscene noises", after which the couple were left alone and the guests continued celebrating loudly enough for the newlyweds not to be heard. In most traditions the newlyweds were put in bed by their family, friends, and neighbors. The intention is to "celebrate a marriage's consummation". In Scandinavia , it was the most distinguished wedding guest who led the bride to bed in a festive procession. Views Read Edit View history.