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Weddings from the World: Japanese Weddings

Photographer: Vivian Chen  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

Photographer: Vivian Chen
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

We have been talking and learning about weddings celebrated in other countries, with cultures very different from ours and that you can bring you so you can immerse into their traditions. Today we will learn about Japanese weddings, which ceremonies are full of tradition even if they have been very influenced by the Western lately.

In Japan, you may see Christian, Buddhist, Shinto and non-religious weddings. In addition, the couple may choose a style of ceremony without being part of their religion.

When you receive the invitation for a Japanese wedding, the recipient must return it with an answer. Also, you have to take cash with you so you can give it to them as a gift in a special envelope called “Shugi-bukuro” with your name written on the front. The amount for the gift will depend on the relationship you have with the couple. Just take into account that the amount must always start with an odd number because when the Japanese marry, they are looking forward union and not dividing anything between two.

The bride and groom’s gowns are very traditional. The bride wears the “shiramuko” which is a white silk kimono. The most appealing detail is that they cover they head with a circular hat called “tsuno-kakushi” which purpose is to cover the horns (jealousy) to her mother-in-law and future mother. Really traditional brides will also paint their faces white to symbolize virginity and purity. Once they are married, the bride usually changes her costume to celebrate. They usually use red because it is a good luck color. The groom carries a “montsuki” which is black kimono. They also change for the celebration by wearing a gray kimono or a black Western suit.

The wedding are held in a temple called “Shinto”. Guests and family are to enter first, followed by the bride who enters taking her mother’s hand and leaves by taking her mother-in-law’s hand. After that, the groom enters taking his father’s hand. Finally, the Shinto priest enters lastly.  The ceremony take approximately 20 minutes. It begins with a prayer in classical Japanese, then the couple exchanges the “Juzu” which is a type of old rosary and then exchange the rings.

The most important part of the ceremony is when they drink the “San San Kudu,” which means Three-Three-Nine and represents heaven, earth and man. This act symbolizes union of the couple and the gods. They use three cups called “sakazuki” and drink in three sips. Number nine is three times number three, which is a sacred number meant to bring happiness to the couple.

After the ceremony, all the guests and family members walk, in procession following the couple for the family photos. Now is when the bride takes off her hat. Japanese do not usually have physical contact or displays of affection in public, for you to take into consideration.

Ideas for your Autumn Wedding

Photography:Bellamint Photography  http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/2000897

Photography:Bellamint Photography
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Autumn is here, and with it comes the cool wind, dry leaves and awesome colors such as copper and gold. It is such a lovely season that many brides choose to celebrate their wedding during it. It offers a lot of possibilities and of course, beautiful landscapes for the pictures! If your wedding is going to be held in this season, take a look at these ideas to use autumn as part of your ceremony and have a magical fall wedding.

Decoration

A very original and nice idea is to use a lot of candles and lanterns everywhere to highlight the beauty of autumn’s colors. You can use little candles inside of mason jars previously decorated with ribbons or acorns. Talking about acorns, they look amazing in deco, take advantage of them and also use pumpkins in different sizes, you won’t regret it!

Wedding Dress

Autumn has the perfect weather to wear a long sleeve wedding dress. Lace, nice and warm fabrics, elegant and long cuts. You will look stunning!

Bouquet

Take advantage of the beautiful flowers that bloom during fall and use them for your bridal bouquet in combination with warm colors. Use roses, peonies, Choose flowers for your bridal bouquet in warm colors and contrasts with mint leaves in tone. You can create a bouquet with cream roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, dry leaves and even seasonal fruits and nuts such as artichokes and apples.

Bridesmaids Dresses

Use autumn colors in the bridesmaids’ dresses. The best color shades are wine, gold, purple or mustard shades. Also, you can use Marsala, the color of the year according to Pantone, as we learned last week.

Desserts

Autumn offers a wide variety of nuts and fruits you can implement to offer the greatest fall themed wedding dessert table. Use rustic wooden tables of tree trunks instead of regular tables. Serve desserts made with pumpkin, apple, nuts and berries. Your guests will not stop talking about it!

There are so many great ideas for autumn weddings that you will want to use them all. Make sure your wedding is unforgettable to all your invitees!

Weddings from the World: Orthodox Weddings

 

Photography:Whitney Rae Photography http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/298404

Photography:Whitney Rae Photography
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Wedding ceremonies around the world are varied and really interesting. Through these weeks, we will be learning about the different rituals, customs and traditions of different weddings ceremonies such as the Muslim, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and others. Today, let’s talk about Orthodox wedding ceremonies.

The Orthodox ceremony is very meaningful rite that has been celebrated for centuries. It is full of symbolism which marriage. For instance, love, mutual respect, equality and sacrifice. Everything that happens on it has a special meaning, especially the repetition of most ritual three times to represent and invoke the presence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.

The rings used in the ceremony are blessed by the priest beforehand. Then, he will hold the rings while pressing three times the forehead of the groom and bride. Once done, the rings are exchanged and placed on the third finger of the right hand.

After the rings are exchanged, the priest gives the couple lit candles that represent the couple’s purification and their willingness to receive God in their lives. Then, comes the crowning which is the main ritual of Orthodox weddings. The crowns represent the couples as they are the kings of their new home. The crowns are swapped in their heads three times.

When the crowning has ended, the couple is guided by the priest in circles around the altar together with the godparents that will guide them through the marriage steps. The will walk three times around the altar with the Bible and the Cross.

Finally, the priest gives his blessing for the couple to have a long, happy and fruitful life together. The rest of the celebration such as the entrance to the church, the party and the dress code is very similar to a catholic wedding.

 

The Perfect Color for Fall Weddings

Photography: Jose Villa  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/873/picture/1032398/

Photography: Jose Villa
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Since fall starts this month, we will be sharing some tips with you related to weddings held in this beautiful season of the year. Our objective is to give you inspiration to have the best fall wedding ever!

Today, we will be discussing the color of the year according to Pantone—the authority on color—, the Marsala. This red wine family color is warm, vital, sensual and romantic, perfect for a Glam wedding. Therefore, it has been an inspiration for many brides worldwide and it is projected that it will be the best color for autumn weddings in 2015.

If you are not sure how this color would fit your wedding, you just need to visit Pinterest and write “marsala” and you will get a huge load of images to get inspiration and decorate your wedding using all shades of this cousin of wine.

Photogrphy: The hearts haven  http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/marsala/134832/bohemian-desert-wedding-portrait

Photography: The hearts haven
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Marsala is perfect for decorating in the autumn, not only because it is within the ocher hues, but also because it is within the palette of colors exhibited by nature during this colorful season. It combines perfectly with subtle and neutral colors, therefore, you can highlight it essence without undermining other colors.

The best colors to combine it with are gold, light pink, olive green beige and cooper. You can use them in your flowers, centerpieces, candles, menu, invitations, and why not, the cake, it looks simply stunning!

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography  http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/marsala/131402/marsala-and-floral-wedding-cake

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography
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If you want to include it in your bride’s apparel, you can use marsala shoes with your white wedding dress, lipstick, nails, earrings. Also you can have your bridesmaids wear marsala dresses. Use it in your bouquet and for the boldest brides, wear a marsala wedding dress! The outcome is fabulous.

Give marsala a shot, we bet you will not be dissapointed!

Photography: Jose VIlla  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/873/picture/1032436/

Photography: Jose VIlla
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Weddings from the World: Muslim Weddings

Photographer: Marisa Holmes  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2008/07/11/real-wedding-12/

Photographer: Marisa Holmes
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If you have been invited to a Muslim wedding and you are not sure what to expect, keep reading this comprehensive guide to avoid any surprise. Find below the most important facts:

  • Muslim weddings are held in a Mosque and before the Imam (religious and sometimes political leader). The tradition dictates that all preparations related to the bride’s wedding day, such as clothing or accessories, should not be seen by the groom before the wedding ceremony or it will be bad luck.
  • Islam allows men to marry Christian or Jewish women because those religions have a holy book, however, Muslim women are not allowed to marry a man who is not Muslim.
  • The marriage contract has to be certified by the groom and his tutor—known as Wali—and at the ceremony, the Wali dedicates some words to the couple.
  • The provisions and laws are contained in their holy book called the Koran which is read during the ceremony.
  • The traditional dowry is not what most people believe. It is a gift from the future husband to his wife-to-be; for instance, an engagement ring, earrings, among others.
  • The couple must appear before the “sheikh” (a kind of Islamic magistrate) with three witnesses to perform the marriage contract.
  • According to Islamic law, after the ceremony, the couple is legally and spiritually bound; nevertheless, the bride returns home to plan the wedding celebration which happens one or two weeks after.
  • A Muslim wedding usually lasts from three days to a week.
  • The first night’s celebration is exclusive for women. The bride wears a kaftan and has henna marks on her hands and feet to keep the evil spirits away. Each symbol drawn has a meaning. The bride also enjoys a Hamman which is a relaxing steam bath that purifies her. That night, she is escorted by other women with candles, incense, chants and dances that allude to her beauty and to the process she is about to experience.
  • The mother of the groom, hands a tray with keys, bread and milk. The key represents the welcoming to the new family and the food represents abundance.
  • From the second night and on, there is a festival for all family and friends. The celebration depicts all the Muslim tradition and folklore.
  • Unlike other religions, in Muslim weddings, women open the dance!

 

 

 

8 Alternatives to the Wedding Dance

 

western-florida-beach-wedding-84You don’t know how to dance or you don’t are too into the wedding dance? Don’t worry! Even if most weddings have a wedding first dance, there are some grooms and brides who prefer to replace that with other activities. Here you have some ideas so you can use them as an alternative or as ideas to come up with your own one.

1) The first idea is that you choose love songs that you like a lot or that have a special meaning for you. Then, you can organize a karaoke. But not a regular one. It would be a sort of competition of the guests against the bride and groom. You can have little gifts as rewards.

2) Something else you can do is to show a video of how you two met, images of your childhood, your best moments together, etc. You can even tape a video thanking your guests for being there.

3) The third proposal is the shoe game. The couple will sit in a chair giving their back to the each other. Each will have a bride and a groom shoe in each hand. A volunteer will ask you questions and depending on the question, each of you will raise the shoe of the person who is best suited for the answer. This will show how much you agree in your answers and how much you happen to know each other.

Here are some questions that you can use:

  • Who wears the pants in the relationship?
  • Who cooks better?
  • Who drives better?
  • Who is more romantic?
  • Who is the best kisser?
  • Whose feet smell worse?
  • Which of the two says “I love you” more often?
  • Who spends more money?
  • Who spends more time on Facebook?
  • Who is the most conceited?

4) You can also do a monologue about marriage. Prepare yourself and you can choose the funniest friend you have to memorize and recite the monologue. Or, it if is possible, you can pay a professional that creates a special monologue for you.

5) A great game that will keep your guests wide awake throughout the wedding is “I spy.”  Put disposable cameras at each table for guests to capture moments in photos. Then, you will keep the photos as souvenirs for the couple.

6) You can also put a photo booth which is becoming very popular- To make it even better, you may give a small prize to the table that makes the funniest picture.

7) Another original idea and popular idea for the nightfall is to release balloons with LED lights or lanterns.

8) You can also play the musical chairs game. Choose one or two guests from each table and try to make it barefoot so no accidents happen.

Which idea do you like better? Did you come up with your own? Have fun at your wedding!!

 

 

 

Navy, Gold, and Silver: An Elegant Wedding Theme

Wedding ColorsHave you been dreaming of your wedding since you were just a little kid? Have you pictured chandeliers, fresh flowers, a full course meal, and pulling out all the wedding traditions? If this is you, then you deserve and should strive for an elegant traditional wedding. Navy, gold, and silver on their own push a wedding in a more decadent direction, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

What is more, is that you can manipulate this color scheme for any wedding season. Navy is a dark color, but that doesn’t mean it has to be avoided in the spring and summer. As demonstrated in the picture above with the peacock feather, you can add splashes of other bright colors and light colors to switch up the tone. This allows you some wiggle room, but keeps you in the classy zone.

Gold and silver work great together as traditional colors, but as you mix and match metals and tones, you can really create a contemporary style.  And remember, contemporary doesn’t always mean casual. You can even put an elegant twist on the fun emerging trends like photo booths with backgrounds like the one in the above collage (upper right!). Furthermore, you can keep in classy, while adding things that are unique to you and your groom, like accessorizing your canine with a navy scarf to join your bridal party. The key is the small touches.

Truly, this color scheme cannot go wrong. It can be manipulated into creating a wide range of atmospheres, while still keeping its elegant core.

Be sure to not only check out the wedding accessories in this color theme collage, but also our other unique wedding accessories here at weddingcollectibles.com!!

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

toasting glasses
One of the more intimate wedding traditions are the wedding toasts, whether it be the maid of honor sharing sweet memories, the best man telling inappropriate stories, or the father of the bride tearing up. These unique bride and groom (and whoever else you would like to have them) are a perfect addition to your wedding. There are so many styles, there is no doubt that you will find one that fits your wedding tone.

If you are having a particularly small wedding, it may be a good idea to get these unique toasting glasses for each of your guests – minus the bride and groom etchings. Or, they would also work great at an engagement party and some even at a bridal shower. Whatever the event, you have some superb options.

1) Mr. & Mrs. Stemless Champagne Toasting Flutes
stemless wedding flutes These stemless champagne flutes are a summer wedding favorite. They offer a unique and more casual style without sacrificing the elegance of the moment.

2) Contemporary Champagne Flutes
Mr and Mr toast glassesThese more contemporary toasting glasses are great for any modern or contemporary wedding. We love their sleek and crisp design!

3) Contemporary Double-walled Champagne Flutes
wedding champagne flutesTimelessness mixed with modern, these champagne flutes offer a one of a kind feel. They even look somewhat like an hour glass and can easily be mixed with both modern and vintage wedding styles.
4) Dangling Jewel Toasting Glasses
heart toasting fluteThese curvy sweetheart champagne flutes are beautiful. They serve as being a more traditional option with some added bling.
5) Firelight Platinum Signature Crystal Flutes – Lenox
toasting glassThis simple set is high quality, sophisticated, and meant to be a part of a high class wedding.

6) Bird of Paradise Etched Champagne Flute Set

etched toasting fluteThere are a few different etched glass options when it comes to toasting glasses. This bird of paradise design is great for summer and beach wedding themes. It is a symbol of relaxation of fun.

8) Elegant Calligraphy Champ Glasses
bride and groom glass

These toasting glasses offer a different tone than the traditional champagne flute that is both lighthearted and sweet.

9) Monogram Cream Sash Toasting Glasses
Monogram Toasting GlassMonograms are a great thing for weddings. The bride and groom are joining together to make their new family and their wedding monogram is a symbol of that. That is only a small part of what makes this long stemmed flute a great option and a part of our top 10.

10) Lusterware Stein
wedding bear mug  If you want something spunky, look no farther. These are great for casual weddings or even just bachelor parties.

How to Develop a Wedding Theme or Style

How to Develop a Wedding Theme or Style

It may seem kind of self serving to say, but wedding accessories are very important when it comes to fully developing your wedding theme or style. If all of your accessories are a mish-mash of what you borrowed from other people, your wedding may begin to look a little mish-mashed. Of course, if you are looking to create a more eclectic style, then by all means, go for it; it is a great way to save money. Otherwise, you are going to want your wedding accessories to be hand picked, just for you and your wedding dream.  When developing your wedding theme and style, there are four areas of your wedding that your accessories are essential: The bride, the ceremony, the table centerpieces, and the cake. Whether you are on a budget or not, these or the four sections of your wedding that you want to pay extra attention to.

  1. The Bride 
    1920s Inspired Knoxville Wedding

    Ruffled Blog: 1920s Inspired Knoxville Wedding

    Let’s face it. When people go to a wedding the first thing they want to look at is the bride. Not to objectify her, but she is the center-stone to the whole event. The bride and her dress. Your choice of wedding dress will heavily influence the tone of the wedding. For example, if you choose to wear a ballroom gown, but are having a bohemian theme, the two styles will clash. Then, you have to decide on how to do your hair and what bridal accessories to wear. These accessories will make or break your wedding look. Continue reading