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Traditional Armenian Wedding

                                                                                     Source: "Tour Info" journal

A wedding is a significant in the lives of the bride and the groom as they look forward to it with a great triumph. Wedding tradisions and customs vary greatly between cultures, customs and tradisions, most of which have endured the test of time, having emerged centuries ago. A number of the Armenian wedding traditions and customs have historically been maintained for years, and now we’re going to represent some of them in a page called “Traditional Armenain Wedding”. First we’d like to mention that Armenians used to have a wedding ceremony in autumn and winter, as villagers had already finished the harvest gathering. If the wedding day was specifically defined on Saturday, nowadays it’s a matter of the couples’ decision regardless of the month or the season.


Wedding traditions in Morocco

When: Moroccans commonly celebrate weddings on Sundays in the fall at the end of the harvest, when there’s plenty of food to feast on. Attire: Lots of color, including yellow (it scares away the evil eye) and green (it’ll bring good luck). Plus, you’ll get some intricate temporary henna tattoos on your hands and feet.


Wedding traditions in Sweden

When: A liberal bunch, Swedes often decide to marry after living together for a few years, or after the woman is pregnant with their first child. With almost 20 hours of sunlight each day, summer is prime wedding season. Attire: A crown belonging to the bride’s family or church, and, although it hardly sounds comfortable, a gold coin in your right shoe and a silver one in your left for good luck. Making walking even harder, your shoes stay unlaced to improve your chances of easy childbirth.


Vietnamese customs

The vietnamese wedding ceremony consists of two parts. on the first day the groom with his parents and a small group of family members or friends-goes to the bride's home to seek her parents' permission to marry her. often, the groom presents the traditional offering of betel leaves and areca nuts to the bride's family. after the groom has made this formal proposal of marriage, the bride's family makes a similar request to its ancestors at the family altar. on the second day, there is a celebration after the bride and groom performed certain rituals at an altar set up for the occasion.


Customs in Pakistan

A Pakistani wedding, like others is a ceremony to celebrate the wedlock of a bride and a groom. It brings closer the families of a bride and a groom. A wedding ceremony has great importance in different cultures of the world. Different cultures have different ways of wedding celebrations and have different wedding traditions.
Pakistan, an Islamic country located in South Asia and the Greater Middle East, has a great culture with rich customs. A Pakistani wedding is a great feast of fun, merriments, and celebrations. It is celebrated with great fervor. A Pakistani wedding is followed by several pre-wedding customs and rituals.


Malaysian customs

During the betrothal, the pre-wedding meeting between the bride and the groom's parents, the dowry that will be given to the bride is determined as well as the date of the solemnization.  

Akad Nikah, which is the signing of the contract, is normally presided over by a Kadhi, a religious official of the Syariat (Shariat) Court. A small sum of money called the Mas Kahwin seals the contract.  


Iranian customs

An Iranian wedding custom began when the country was still called Persia. The groom would purchase the ceremonial wedding dress for his bride-to-be. This gown consisted of ten feet of sheeting that he would wrap around his intended wife. During wedding ceremony, it is an Iranian custom for a happily married woman to hold a translucent shawl over the couple's heads.

There are two stages to a Persian marriage. Most often both take place on the same day, but occasionally there could be some time between the two. The first is called "Aghd", the legal process of getting married, when both the bride and bridegroom and their guardians sign a marriage contract. The second stage is "Jashn-e Aroosi", the wedding reception - the actual feasts and the celebrations, which traditionally lasted from 3 to 7 days.


Traditions in Indonesia

Practitioners of Islam are in the overwhelming majority in Indonesia, but the group of islands in fact includes many different ethnic groups, each of which brings their unique style of ceremony and celebration to the joining of a couple in matrimony. One of the most important parts of the Indonesian wedding is declaring one's religion; the government of the country does not recognize unions that are not made under the auspices of some religion. Islamic marriages are not required to be registered in the Civil Registry, although those between other religions are.
Islamic marriages in Indonesia must be presided over by both a government official and a religious officiator.


Puerto Rico customs

In Puerto Rico the wedding party is organized at the bride's house. Lights are strung to make it more bright and attractive. The bride and the groom flaunt traditional costumes and traditional food is served at Puerto Rico weddings. The bride and the groom are offered a traditional drink called café con leche using coconut cups. The wedding cake gets decorated with sea shells and pine apple motifs.
At the traditional Puerto Rican wedding it is mandatory to place a doll dressed identical to the bride at the head of the main table. This bride doll is covered with charms and is offered to the guests.  

At the reception the bride and groom cut off the capias from the bouquet and pin them on the guests. The capias includes a piece of folded narrow ribbon printed with the bride and groom's names on one end, and the date of the wedding on the other. 


Punjabi customs

Punjabis are well known for their zest for life, liveliness and of course the mind blowing bhangra. They celebrate every occasion with lot of pomp and show. As soon as the couples decide to get married the roka or saith ceremony is organized. The bride to be flaunts a nose ring henceforth gifted to her by her maternal uncle.
After roka the ceremony of sagai takes place wherein the bride's family visits the boy's house carrying beautifully wrapped gifts. The bride's father adorns his son-in-law's forehead with 'tikka' and gives him his blessings and some money. In return, the girl's family receives a basket of gifts symbolizing acceptance of the marriage from the groom's family.


Muslim customs

Among the Muslims, the mangni or engagement ceremony takes place before marriage. The exchange of rings takes place and the outfit for the bride is provided by the groom's family. Two days before the wedding, the 'manjha' ceremony takes place where the bride is anointed with turmeric paste, sandalwood and chameli oil provided by the groom's family. Only unmarried women apply this to the bride. Henna is also put on the bride's hand and feet. After this ceremony the bride is not allowed to leave her house before the wedding takes place. The bride's clothes on the wedding day are also provided by the groom's family. On the wedding day, a procession of friends and relatives follow the groom who rides on a horse or a car. The arrival of the groom is accompanied with beating of drums and playing of musical instruments. On the arrival, the groom and the bride's brother exchange a glass of sharbat. (Sweetened drink)


Mexican customs

The traditional marriage ceremonies are sponsored by couple's Godparents. Godparents are the benefactor for the couples. The mentors accompany the bride and the groom throughout their wedding their engagement and wedding. The Godparents or the padrinos gift the couple with a rosary and a Bible during their wedding ceremony.

A traditional Mexican reception is held wherein all the guests are invited upon for a grand feast and unlimited fun. All the guests join hands and form a heart shape around the couple as they begin their first dance. Salsa, merengue and the flamenco guitar music may add a Latin flare to the reception. This symbolizes happiness, love and warmth in their new wedded life. 


Korean customs

In ancient times Korean weddings were performed in the bride's yard or house. The groom arrived on a horseback to the bride's house and after successful completion of the marriage took his wife on a palanquin (cart) to his parents' house to live. The bride and groom flaunt court hanbok costumes for the wedding ceremony.
The bride's attire for the wedding includes a chogori (short jacket with long sleeves) with 2 long ribbons which are tied to form the otkorum. A chima, a full length, high waisted wrap around skirt is worn. Boat shaped shoes make of silk, are worn with white cotton socks. It also flaunts bright symbols and flowers. 


Brazilian customs

In Brazil Wedding celebrations are among the grand and most expressive celebrations of the world. It marks for loud music, songs, samba dances, colorful dresses, delicious foods, legends, beliefs and most importantly traditions. The blend of Indigenous, Negro, and Caucasian races forms the Brazilian Nation, creating a passionate diversity in wedding traditions. The wedding tradition of Brazil portrays that a bride must be late by 10 minutes and should not reach before the groom. Pagoda a form of samba dance is often organized at Brazilian weddings. It involves a lot of music and beats.


African customs

One important tradition of African Wedding is to understand the importance of 'Family'. Here marriage unifies two families or two tribes into one particular family unit. Different parts of Africa follow different traditions. Some unique traditions of African Wedding can be seen in Ankole Wedding tradition, Pygmie wedding tradition, Nile Wedding tradition, Congo wedding tradition, and Zambian wedding traditions. 
 
 
Bright festive color, songs, dance, music are common in any African wedding. Traditionally it is believed in Africa that a girl should be married off at a very early age as soon as she attains physical adulthood. 
In many African countries girls are taught since childhood the secret code and language required to communicate with other married woman without revealing the fact in front of their husbands.


Turkish customs

The traditional Turkish wedding which used to last for 40 days and 40 nights now lasts for only three days in rural areas. But in cities this ceremony is further shortened.
The groom's family sends a variety of presents to the bride's family prior to the three-day long wedding feast. Moreover, the bride is hidden by her friends and the groom's relatives are expected to find her. The girl's friends are given a small cash gift in return for information about the bride's whereabouts. In the meantime, the elderly of both families make up a list of goods they will buy for the young couple. This list is then authorized by the village alderman and given to the groom's family. In the meantime, the groom's family gives a small tea party.
 


Wedding hospitality – the Scottish way

When it came to hospitality, to the ancient Greeks it was the first commandment of life. Anyone under your roof, beggar or fool, became as a member of your family to be treated with generosity and respect.

Perhaps the greatest example of how highly hospitality was regarded in ancient times, can be seen by the actions of Hercules – that man of inordinate strength whose labours are legendary.

One day, several friends dropped in unexpectedly on Hercules. Greeting them immediately with a smile, Hercules plied them with wine, and exhorted them to check out the larder for anything that might take their fancy. Several hours later, the guests mellow with drink, noticed the absence of Hercules’ wife. When asked to explain the reason why she hadn’t come to greet them, Hercules continued to smile, offer them more food, and did his best to divert them from the subject of his wife.


Greek Wedding

The wedding service in the Greek Orthodox faith is an ancient and beautiful ceremony, which has been celebrated in its current form for centuries. The wedding ceremony is full of symbolism and is a great experience if you have never attended one before, because it is likely to be quite different from other weddings you have attended in Western Europe. The service is also rather unique because the bride and groom do not make vows to each other – their presence together in the church is taken to mean that they are serious about getting married.

The Beginning of the Wedding
In most cases the wedding guests will wait with the groom outside the church until the bride arrives (a few sneaky wedding pros will go into the church early to secure a good seat). In the Summer, when most weddings take place, it is not unusual for ceremonies to be arranged back to back, so the guests attending a marriage will often stand around with those who have just attended the previous wedding as they prepare to leave. Wedding dress commentators among the crowd will get to consider and discuss at least two brides and maybe even a third as they leave the church – bargain! Meanwhile, the nervous groom waits for the bride at the entrance to the church, often holding her floral bouquet. He hands it to her as they meet and they then go inside together followed by the guests. There is no separation of the guests into guests of the bride and guests of the groom – everyone sits together and in the case of small churches, many people prefer to stand in a spot where they can get a good view of the proceedings.


Western wedding traditions

For people of Eastern descent, the customs and traditions of a Western wedding may seem odd. In fact, it may appear that there are no distinct characteristics. In truth, part of the Western wedding customs includes freedom and independence to celebrate in whatever manner the bride and groom wish. However, there are a few standard customs that, although they may not be practiced at every wedding, are acknowledged as being traditional.

The traditional clothing worn by the bride is a white gown, usually floor length. The white symbolizes purity, but can be adorned with beading or sequence. This is a custom that is still very popular in Western weddings. However, many brides choose variations of the traditional style, such as short dresses or an off-white version. The groom and his party will most often wear black tuxedoes. Traditionally, these are worn with ties; however, many popular styles also have no collar with a button clasp at the neck.


Creating family traditions on your wedding day

Do you remember what is was like to be a little girl and dream of your wedding day? How many of you pictured yourself in your mother’s dress or wearing your grandmother’s necklace from her wedding day?

Heirlooms can be anything from a bracelet to a handkercheif, but there is something to be said about that warm and fuzzy feeling that you get when you are able to participate in a tradition that has so much meaning to your family. And “heirloom” doesn’t have to mean old, memories are always in the making, so why not start with you?

Quality is the first thing that you need to look for in an item that could potentially be an heirloom. Without quality construction, no item will last long enough to be in the family for generations to come.


Something Old, Something New

The union of two lovers has understandably been steeped in tradition for centuries. Over time, some wonderful and interesting customs have sprung up around this important rite of passage.

One of the nicest may be the tradition of the bride's gathering "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." These four items each represent a special symbol, and the very act of carrying on this tradition provides a real connection with past and future brides and the people close to them at the time of the wedding.

The meaning of the item for "something old" has to do with the bride's heritage. Usually, a treasured family heirloom will be chosen, often a piece of jewelry.


Jumping the Broom

The West African tradition of Jumping the Broom dates back to 18th Century Ghana. It is said that couples practiced this ritual as a way to ward off evil spirits, pardon their pasts and jump into a new life. This tradition eventually stopped over time.

Incidently, Jumping the Broom was also an Ancient Celtic tradition that represented fertility. It is possible that the Celtic masters of African slaves may have suggested this ritural to be practiced as a sincere representation of marriage to the public since couples were not allowed to marry. The tradition fell out of practice once blacks were allowed to have European style weddings with rings.


Canadian wedding traditions

Traditional Canadian weddings take place in a church, where family and friends are invited. Here comes the best man, flower girls, exchanging vows and rings, and the wedding music. The ceremony is conducted by the priest.
At the end of the ceremony it is traditional for the priest to ask if anyone present knows of any just cause why this man and this woman may not be legally married. Getting no response the priest asks the couple to exchange wedding rings and then the couple is pronounced husband and wife. Traditionally the newlyweds kiss to seal their union.
As the couple leaves the church, they are showered with rice or wheat - symbols of fertility. Then the couple is taken home, restaurant or other wedding locations, where a wedding reception takes place.
Following the tradition, the couple goes on a honeymoon. The honeymoon may last from several days to two or more months. Part of the money for the honeymoon is gathered in a wedding wheel, another Canadian wedding tradition . The guests form two lines, and they pay a dollar or more to dance with the newlyweds.


English wedding traditions

Early Wedding Traditions
From the sixteenth up to the nineteenth century, marriages were arranged by parents or guardians. The bride and bridegroom often were not acquainted until their marriage. The parents often made the marriage arrangements and betrothals while the bride and bridegroom were small children (ages three to seven). The children would continue to live with their own parents and meet from time to time for meals or holiday celebrations.
These prearranged marriages came under fire in the late seventeenth century when a judge held that betrothals and marriages prior the age of seven were "utterly void". However, they would be valid if, after the age of seven, the children called each other husband and wife, embraced, kissed each other, gave and received Gifts of Token.
Later, young couples ran away and had a ceremony privately performed without banns or license. These elopements and private ceremonies represented the beginning of a revolt against parental control of marital selection.


Jewish customs

The purpose of marriage in the Bible are for companionship and procreation. In the past, they were usually arranged by parents, but the bride's consent was asked.
Jewish weddings can occur any day of the week except the Sabbath, Jewish festivals, the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, and the "sefirah" period Passover & Shavuot (Lag Ba-Omer and other exceptions).

It is customary for the bride to wear white and a headdress & veil. Jews from oriental countries wear elaborate costumes richly embroidered. The groom may wear a "kitel" (a white garment) along with a tallit.


Floral Traditions

For centuries we have associated different flowers with the emotions which underscore the union of two souls - the rose has always symbolized the love between two individuals, for example. Blossoms and greenery have adorned churches, homes, gardens and parks, enhancing the backdrop where lovers wed.
But, the bridal bouquet remains the real focal point for the bride and the florist. Strict rules about bouquets have all but vanished, leaving brides free to design any sort of arrangement they prefer. Flowers are no longer limited to white or cream, although pale blossoms are often chosen because they fit the spirit of the occasion and don't draw attention from the bride. Fall weddings inspire even bolder palettes. For example, burgundy roses arranged with pale, peach-colored blooms make for a stunning and very romantic bouquet. Other color additions include a touch of blue or lavender. Lilacs and hydrangea are popular choices. Red roses and poinsettias remain popular for holiday weddings.


Wedding Customs in Spain

Spain is a nation of many regions, most of which were once independent countries, so wedding customs sometimes vary from area to area.

Traditionally, the groom gives a watch to the bride's father when his proposal is accepted.

Though some brides still uphold custom by embroidering their groom's wedding shirt, today's Spanish brides generally choose white wedding dresses for themselves rather than the black lace or silk gowns that were once popular. No matter what color the dress, lacey mantillas secured with combs often complete the ensemble. In Andalucia (Andalusia), a few brides wear a frilled, flamenco style dress in homage to the distinctive regional dance.


German Wedding Customs

Some German wedding customs are similar to those in the United States, such as the vehicle procession following the wedding where vehicles honk their horns to wish the couple a happy future. Other traditions are unique to German culture. In Germany, the bride and groom preparing for marriage are in for a real treat because their nuptials will be lasting not one, but three days!
Thursday kicks off the nuptials when the couple gathers with friends and family for the civil ceremony. On friday, the real fun begins as the couple is visited for the "Polterabend", or wedding-eve party, by friends and neighbors. The celebration entails the smashing of plates and other breakables as a sign of good luck. It is believed that by doing so, the bride and groom will abstain from breaking any household after they are married. It is noted that the bride and groom must also clean up the mess.


Wedding traditions

Some fun wedding traditions from the past are still very much a part of today’s wedding ceremony. Some traditions are well known and done often, such as, the bride tossing her bouquet. The woman who catches the bouquet is supposedly the next one to be married.
Another fun wedding tradition is the “kneeling pillow” at the altar. The couple’s names and their wedding date are sewn on the pillow for a nice memento, which can be passed on and added to for future generations.
An interesting custom at the wedding reception is that of the “marriage cup.” This silver cup, in either the shape of a bowl on a stand or in the shape of a girl with a large skirt, is set at the bride’s table. The bride begins drinking from the special cup; the groom follows with the second sip.


Wedding Toasts

The custom of the “toast” given at rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions derived from the 16th century.
A small chunk of bread was deposited into a wine glass. The glass was filled with champagne then sent around the table to each guest. The glass stopped at the bride and groom, who were honored by the best man. The couple would then drink the remaining champagne and eat the moist chunk of bread. This custom is still practiced at weddings today. While the best man makes his toast, the newlyweds stay seated while everyone else stands to recognize their marriage.

The order of toasts for today’s ceremonies is as follows:
Rehearsal Dinner

The best man pays tribute to the bride and the groom;
The groom then pays tribute to his bride and his new in-laws; and,
The bride then pays tribute to her groom and her new in-laws.


Wedding rings

Origins for today’s wedding traditions are very interesting. For instance, one belief is that the origin of the wedding ring was from an African custom wherein grass was used to tie the couple’s wrists together during the ceremony. Another theory is that the first engagement rings consisted of string or grass.
It was of ancient belief that the vein on today’s ringfinger transported love from hand to heart, hence the reason for the chosen finger.
When a man in Colonial times asked a woman to marry him, he presented her with a thimble. After the couple was wed, the bottom of the thimble was cut off in the shape of a ring.


Wedding hairstyles

As a bride, your wedding day is one of your most important days, so a beautiful and flattering hairstyle is a must. Below are some tips for a successful wedding day hairdo.
• The time of day and type of wedding are two major items to take into consideration. A daytime wedding can be more casual and less elegant with loose styles, while a fancy updo is more fitting for an evening or formal wedding.
• For long hair, curls, whether soft flowing or wispy ringlets, add a classic look to the bride’s appearance. Gel or mousse can help in achieving and maintaining this look. 
•A shag makes the bride’s neck look longer and works well with a dress with a low rounded bodice. The shag also gives the appearance of a thin face.
• Your headpiece and veil will be the determining factors for your hairstyle. Be sure to bring these items to your salon appointment.


Wedding headpieces

The type of hairstyle, veil, and gown you choose will determine the type of headpiece you should wear. A good way to measure your headpiece is to have your hairstylist style your hair ahead of time how it will be worn for your wedding. Your headpiece can then be measured for a perfect fit. Although not necessary, a headpiece can create the perfect “finished look.”
There are many types of headpieces made of a variety of materials, such as plastic or synthetic fabrics. By far one of the most beautiful headpieces is one made with fresh flowers. Of course, if that is not possible, silk flowers make a nice alternative. Also, a single flower or baby’s breath wreath is very feminine. Some other types are as follows:
• Half-hat - This is exactly as it sounds. It covers half or less of the head.
• Wreath - Ornamented with flowers, this headpiece sits on top of the head or at the forehead. This type compliments short hair.


Bridal veils and headpieces

Veils come in a variety of materials and styles to fit anyone’s taste. Bridal veils can be a charming and elegant addition to any bride’s ensemble. It is important to consider how the veil will work with your dress, and whether or not it is appropriate for the reception. This is especially important for long veils; it’s a good idea to make sure the train can be disconnected from the headpiece for the reception. Bridal veils can be adorned with any number of accents: ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, sequins or other additions. Bridal veils can be as simple or as exquisite as the bride’s taste permits!
Some of the types of bridal veils are as follows:
• Wreath - A ring of flowers encompasses this style.
• Ballet - Flows to ankle length.


Bridal Showers

A bridal shower is a time for a woman to celebrate being a bride with her friends and family members. The tradition of the bridal shower began in the 1800s when a poor Dutch miller fell in love with a well-to-do girl. The girl’s father prohibited the marriage and declined to supply a dowry, which generally consisted of a substantial property or financial contribution. In those days, a bride could not marry without a dowry. Luckily, kind and charitable friends “showered” the bride with enough gifts to make up for the father's harsh stance, and the wedding took place.
At a bridal shower, the bride is provided not only with gifts, but also moral support and help in preparing for her upcoming wedding.


Religious aspects of marriage

In virtually all religions, marriage is a long-term union between two people and is established with ceremonies and rituals. The two people are most commonly a man and a woman, though many societies have permitted polygamous marriages, and same-sex marriage is now acknowledged in some places.
Many religions have extensive teachings regarding marriage. Most Christian churches give some form of blessing to a marriage; the wedding ceremony typically includes some sort of pledge by the community to support the couple's relationship.


United States customs

A Christian or other mainstream wedding and reception in the United States follow a similar pattern to the Italian wedding. Customs and traditions vary but components include the following:
The bride wears “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”
The bride usually wears a white dress.
A color scheme is often used so that the invitation matches the bridesmaids' dresses and the table settings.
Rice is sometimes thrown at the newlyweds as they leave the ceremony.
The bride's family sends engraved invitations to the wedding guests, addressed by hand to show the importance and personal meaning of the occasion.


Scottish customs

Scotland is a popular place for young English couples to get married, due to the fact that in scotland, parents ' permission is not required if both the bride and groom are old enough to legally be married (16). In England It Was The Case That If Either Was 16 or 17 then the permission of parents had to be sought. Thus Scotland, and especially the blacksmith's at gretna Green, became a very popular place for couples to elope to, especially those under 18 and usually living in England. Gretna Green Now Hosts Hundreds Of Weddings A year And Is Scotland's Third Most Popular Tourist Attraction.
Customs:
• The bride's family sends invitations on behalf of the couple to the wedding guests, addressed by hand. The couple May send the invitations themselves, especially if they are more middle-aged. The invites will specify if the invitation is for ceremony and/or reception and/or evening following the meal at the reception.


Polish customs

Polish weddings are festive and traditional. The wedding celebrations May continue for two or three days. The engagement is also an important custom. In the past, the engagement ceremony was organized by the future groom as a formal family gathering, during which he asked his chosen lady to marry him. In the recent years this Official custom has changed and today an engagement is much more personal and intimate. An elegant dinner party afterwards is still a nice way to inform the closest family members about the couples ' decision to get married.


Italian customs

At the start of a typical Italian wedding reception, the bridal party and the rest of the guests are separated for an hour and served cocktails. The food during cocktail hour is served in a buffet setup. During the cocktail time, the bride and the groom usually take their time to shoot photographs in a proper setting.
At the conclusion of cocktail hour, the guests will gather in the main dining room. The newlywed couple is introduced with much fanfare and they take their first dance, with the bridal party following soon after, who are then ultimately joined by the rest of the guests. Afterwards, everyone is seated, speeches are made by friends and family, and everyone champagne toasts the wedded couple.


French customs

In smaller French towns the ceremony is being held at the chapel. As the couple proceeds to the chapel, children will stretch long white ribbons across the road which the bride will cut as she passes.
At the chapel, the bride and groom are seated on two red velvet chairs underneath a silk canopy they called a carre. Laurel leaves May be scattered across their paths when they exit the chapel. Sometimes small coins are also tossed for the children to gather.
At traditional French wedding celebration the couple customarily uses a toasting cup, called a coupe de Marriage. The origin of giving toast began in france, when they literally dropped a small piece of toast into the couple's wine (to ensure a healthy life). They lifted their glass to "a toast", as is common in western culture today.


European customs

The Western Custom Of A bride Wearing A white Wedding Dress, came to symbolize purity in the Victorian era (despite popular misconception and the hackneyed jokes of situation comedies the white dress did not actually indicate virginity, which was symbolized by a face veil). Within the "white wedding" tradition, a white dress and veil would not have been considered appropriate in the second or third wedding of a widow or divorcee. The specific conventions of Western weddings, largely from a protestant and Catholic viewpoint, are discussed at "White wedding."


Indian customs

Indian weddings are very bright events, filled with ritual and celebration, that continue for several days. They are not small affairs, often with 400-1000 people attending (many of whom are unknown to the bride and groom). Though most marriages are arranged, some couples in urban areas have love marriages. The true indian wedding is about two families getting wedded socially with much less emphasis on the individuals involved.


Russian customs

A traditional Russian wedding lasts for at least two days and some weddings last as long as a week. Throughout the celebration there is dancing, singing, long toasts, and a lot of food and drinks. The best man and maid of honor are called witnesses, “svideteli” in Russian. The ceremony and the ring exchange takes place on the first day of the wedding and on this special day many events take place. Throughout the years, Russian weddings have adopted many western cultures, including bridesmaids and flower girls.


Japanese customs

Traditional Japanese wedding customs (shinzen shiki) have given way to the "Western Style Wedding" in recent years. The Japanese have long tried to emulate and improve upon Western tradition. To that end, a Japanese western style wedding is held in a chapel, either in a simple or elaborate ceremony, often at a chapel within a hotel. Typically, much like in Western culture, the bride, or shinpu, and groom, or shinro, get their own changing rooms within the chapel, as does the bride's father and any other important guest who requires such a room. There is also a room to hold the reception afterwards.

 


Arabic customs

Arabic weddings vary depending on the country and religion of the bride and groom. Although Christian weddings in the Arab World bear clear similarities to Western weddings, the Muslim weddings in the Arab countries are influenced by Muslim traditions.


Red Apple

In the evening, after the guests are gone, the priest unties the red and green ribbons from the hands of the wedding couple. During that ceremony the best man keeps above their heads a sword and a shield. The bridesmaid makes the bed for the couples. The red wine, honey, candy and fruits are placed next to the bed. During that night no one was staying at the house. The family members were spending the night by their relatives. Early in the morning the bridegroom was shy to come to his parents house, and was going to one of his relatives place. In the evening the relatives were bringing the bridegroom back to home, where he was kissing the hands of his parents.


The Dowry

The bride’s parents had to give a dowry. It included minim 3 items of bedding, collection of girl’s lingerie, some kitchen items, furniture, land, etc. It is interesting to mention that the presentation of the dowry is also a very important ceremony. All the relatives were gathering and starting to count the number of glasses, plates, and clothes and comparing them with other brides’ dowry. The dowry stories were with the village till the next wedding was taking place. All these things are totally incomparable with nowadays reality. Now the girl’s father may take out a key of the car or even a house from his pocket, sometimes even both, and gives to the couple. 


The Best Man and his wife

The Best Man and his wife are the second important persons on the wedding after the bride and bridegroom. That’s why their choice was always hard and quite responsible. They should serve as an example for the new couple, and get them out of troubles during their married life.
The wife of the Best Man was supposed to teach the young girl about the details of the married life, and give her advice on how to keep the peace in the family.  That’s why the best man was chosen as a result of long negotiations, and was chosen once and forever.


Promise Taking

After choosing the bride, the next stage is “Promise Taking”. A woman that was well known by both families was chosen. Her role for making the wedding happen was very important. She was supposed to convince the bride’s mother, that the bridegroom is a great boy. Afterwards, the mother was supposed to do the same for her strict husband. For ensuring the success the bridegroom’s parents were hanging a big spoon in their house before the visit of the liaison, which was most likely symbolizing a common kitchen. The idea of the “liaison” is still kept in nowadays, because she is able to inform about their intentions to the both families, but now the difference is that fortunately they are not hanging spoons from the walls.  

 


Engagement

The agreement between the families was tightened with expensive presents such as golden ring, colorful shawl and other jewelries.  This ceremony was known as giving a “Loan”. Nowadays, this expression is used by real estate agency agents while trading with houses :)
After admiring with the bride’s height and other advantages, the relationships are entering to another stage, which “scientifically” is called “engagement”.  The “Word taking” and “Engagement” ceremonies were generalized in the poor families, in order to spent the money only one time. Early in the morning the groom’s father was sending tasty food to the bride’s house including sweets, alcohol, BBQ, and was inviting his own relatives to his house.


 
     
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