Just like there are blogs -like ours- that share wedding ideas, hoping to inspire new brides to create and enjoy their dream wedding, there are also those that hate on every wedding trend that has every existed. Like every one. Sure, trends change. Some can be “overdone” and other’s end up not being functional and need to change.
Weddings are full of tradition, but where do these traditions come from? Are they the same everywhere you go? Really, weddings look as different on one side of the world than the other as they do from one time period than another. This is important to keep in mind when you are planning your wedding. Following tradition is great, but there are so many different traditions out there, that if you wanted to pull a bit from each you would end up with a non-traditional traditional wedding!
Let’s take a look at some different and somewhat strange wedding traditions across the world and throughout history:
1) In parts of Africa the parents of the bride and groom bring fire from each of their hearths to light the hearth of the newlyweds. What a neat way to show a blessing on a marriage and the continuation of their families!
2) The tradition to have tiered cakes came from a game where a bride and groom tried to kiss over their cake (some tried to make it really challenging!) without knocking it over. This seems like a tradition that needs to be brought back!
3) Speaking of wedding cakes, they started way back when in ancient Rome when Romans would break a loaf of bread over the brides head to ensure fertility!
4) The month of June is a popular month for weddings. Heck there are even movies about it! But do you know why? It all stemmed from the goddess Juno because she is the ruler over marriage, home, and childbirth!
5) In Denmark it was tradition for the bride and groom to cross dress as a way of confusing evil spirits. Quite a different image than the little girl one day dreaming of her wedding dress!
6) Unlike many western brides who work to shed weight to look their “best” on their wedding days, Mauritania brides are actually sent to “fat farms” to ensure that they have stomach rolls, stretch marks, and touching thighs. It is supposed to represent that their new husband is wealthy enough to keep her luxuriously fed.
7) In India, women who are born as Mangliks (something to do with the location of Mars and Saturn) are thought to be cursed. The curse would cause an early death for her husband. So, to break the curse she must first be married to a tree that is then cut down.
Which strange wedding traditions would you try and which do you find the most strange?
Whether you believe in these wedding superstitions or not, it really can’t hurt to put as much of the good in your corner as a new couple. Plus, playing along with some of this traditions from cultures across the world can be kind of fun!
Wedding Superstitions and Traditions
- When it rains on your wedding day it is considered good luck for your marriage according to Hindu Traditions. So maybe scheduling that April showers wedding day isn’t such a bad idea?
- Swedish brides put a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to make sure she’ll never be without the necessities.
- In Ancient Rome, people studied pig entrails to figure out the best time to get married. This one is a little gross and probably not okay to try at home. Maybe buy some bacon and study the bacon. Or just eat the bacon and enjoy a home filled with the smell of bacon why you pick your wedding date.
- Found a spider in your wedding dress? Bad luck? Not according to the English! In England, you should squeal with joy if you find a spider in your dress because it is considered good luck! Maybe don’t tell the groom this or you might end up with him planting a spider in your dress!
- Another interesting wedding tradition most people know of is the tradition to carry a bride across their threshold, but did you know that it is a superstitious act? In fact, it is done to protect her from the evil spirits lurking beneath.
- Have you ever taken a milk bath? Apparently Moroccan women the a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding day. I’d be curious to find out if the men do anything for the same purpose.
- In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the couple’s home to signify luck and fertility.
A wedding photo booth is perfect for your fun and flirty wedding! Photo booths are a great way to encourage your guests to document their memories for you on your special day. Many brides and grooms will even use a photo booth in lieu of a guestbook!
How it works:
A photographer with a Polaroid camera snaps a picture of your guests as they come in or throughout the night in front of your backdrop. Then, your guests sign their picture and slip it in a photo album or hang it on a clothes line display!
Include Your Pet on Your Wedding Day
If you consider yourself a “mama of fur babies”, then you’ve probably thought about incorporating your pets into your wedding day… more than once. It’s okay! We don’t judge. In fact, we encourage it! Pets add such a unique element to your wedding day, even if it’s just a pose for a quick photo. It’s a memory you’ll get to cherish forever. Below, we’ve included a few ways to make your pet a special part of your day.
Puppy Bow Tie
Your can include your pet on your wedding day in many ways – start by dressing them up for the occasion! This blue plaid doggy bowtie collar will make your pet feel like part of your day. Sizing options are available in small to extra large for every size pet and includes side release buckles for easy on and off. Outside of the wedding day, it can be reused for family photos, birthdays, and other special occasions that you can’t imagine without your puppy love.
Dog Ring Pillow
The easiest way to include your pet on your wedding day is by having them be your ring bearer! This satin pillow features ribbons that allow you to tie the pillow around your dogs back. It can also attach to the leash if you’d like someone to accompany them down the aisle. Also, it is adorned with fake wedding rings so you don’t have to fret about the dog losing the real ones – we’ve got you covered.
Dog Satin Bow
If your puppy is planning to be a ring bearer, this Best Pet Doggy Bow is another great way to include your pet on your wedding day. Available in black or white, the bow tie attaches to the dogs normal collar for an easy addition. It’s definitely a conversation piece, so be prepared for your guests to comment on that handsome puppy as he trots down the aisle.
Cat Tie Collar
When you include your pet on your wedding day, it isn’t just limited to dogs – we’ve got outfits for your cat as well! This adorable cat wedding tie is available in multiple sizes and comes with an elastic band for ease. While they may not be able to walk down the aisle or hang out at the reception like a dog might, they can still be included in photos and the tie will still be a fun accessory for upcoming special occasions post wedding.
Flower Dog Collar
Maybe the doggy bowtie above was too masculine for your fur baby princess? We’ve included this adorable flower dog collar just for her! The collar is pink crocheted and adorned with a white flower and rhinestones for the pretty lady. Like the other products, it is adjustable for various neck sizes and can be used many more times after the wedding.
There are so many other ways you can include your pet on your wedding day – for more outfit ideas, visit our pet pages here for dogs and cats. The best ideas are the ones that best fit you and your day, and we are happy to help any way we can! Feel free to call us for more information or for help finding your perfect product.
Many couples love the idea of getting married on Halloween. It is the opportunity not only to have fun and let your inner child come out but also to show off your creativity and ability to scare all your guest through original and creepy decoration and details. From pumpkins, witches and ghosts to terrifying scenarios, there is a lot of material for a really scary and unique Halloween themed wedding.Boyka: Undisputed IV movie
If you are going to celebrate your wedding on Halloween, you will need a lot of great ideas to make it the spooky wedding of the year, we will gladly help you with that, so take note on the below ideas and plan a spectacular Halloween wedding.
- Castles have always been surrounded by mystery and horror; therefore, they become the perfect scenario for your Halloween wedding. Do your homework and search for the scariest. If you have the resources, you can even look for a castle abroad.
- Pumpkins are definitely the main characters when we talk about Halloween, so you cannot miss them on your wedding. There are many ways in which you can incorporate them: as centerpieces, as lamps to light the corridor where you will walk to the altar or in the floor, as decoration and of course as part of the menu!
- Your Halloween party must of course include terrifying elements. Thus, why not decorating every corner of the venue with them. Use skeletons, witches, zombies, insects, heads and much more to make the place as scary as possible. You can decorate the ceiling, the tables, chairs, walls and a lot more with them. You can even do a photo booth with the creepiest figures!
- Your dress may become the protagonist! Not by wearing a black dress or one that looks like a costume but, instead, you can prepare it to look awesome by adding any details you wish. It may be spider web, insects, wearing a creepy veil or even adding a vampire-like coat.
- People love disguises, so you should take advantage of the holiday and ask your guests to wear costumes to your party. To make sure it goes as planned, include instructions in the invitation to make sure everybody wears a cool disguise. If you want to make it even more interesting, you can offer a prize for the best costume.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but you could definitely come up with more and have the best Halloween-themed wedding ever!
Continuing with our series about Weddings from the World, this week we have chosen to talk about Armenian marriages. Armenian weddings are full of personality thanks to its wide variety of traditions, customs, dances and music which makes them exceptionally different to what we are accustomed to.
Before the wedding, the future husband’s family will house the future wife and ask her father for permission to let the relationship continue. Once they get permission, the future groom gives the future bride the engagement ring. To celebrate, they toast with Armenian cognac and they even hold an engagement party hosted by the girl’s parents.
Unlike other cultures, in Armenian, the family of the groom are the ones in charge of paying the wedding costs. The celebration will start will a lot of rituals the evening before the religious wedding, let’s go through them:
- Late at night, the groom, family and friends will go to the bride’s house to deliver the veil she will wear during the wedding. They will play music, dance and bring gifts. While they are celebrating, they steal the shoes that the bride will wear on the wedding ceremony which symbolizes how the girl will be taken away from her family. To recover the shoes, the best man and maid of honor must pay a ransom.
- The day of the wedding, the groom and his family will take the wedding dress to the bride and will ask the father permission for her to wear it.
- The brother or the closest male to the bride, will put her shoes on and place money inside to wish her luck and fortune.
- Before putting her veil on, the bride will pass it over the bridesmaids head to wish them luck in finding good husbands. Then, a happily married woman will put her the veil on to have good luck.
- Since the bridesmaids are single, the wedding day they will write their names on the right sole of the bride’s shoe. Once the party is over, the bride will check her sole and that name which can still be read, will be the next to get married.
- Green and red ribbons are placed by his mom on the groom’s jacket to symbolize happiness, promises, health and wellness.
The Religious Wedding
During the ceremony, the priest will bless the rings and then put the hands of the couple together to represent their union. The couples make their vows and promise to support and commit to each other. The best man will lift a cross over their heads to legitimize their union. After that, the priest puts their forehands together to represent that even if they might have different opinions, they must agree based on trust, love and solidarity. Also, the couple gets crowned to symbolize their power and authority while taking the lead in their home. Finally, the priest will pray, they drink a glass of blessed wine and commit to live their lives as one.
- When they leave the church, two doves are released to wish the, happiness and love. In the meantime, guests will throw flowers and petals to the couple.
- Before celebrating, the couple will break decorated plates at the entrance of the venue. This ward off evil spirits as well as negative energies. They also do it before they enter their new home.
- When they enter, the go under an arch made of flowers which symbolizes happiness and prosperity.
- To welcome the couple, the guests will have colored scarves (usually red and green as the groom’s ribbons) and they will wave them while dancing.
- Finally, we have the shabash which consist on throwing money and coins to the couple to wish them fortune, wealth and good luck.
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.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
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.
Every day, our country becomes more diverse and full of new cultures. Therefore, more and more couples are looking to display their ethnicity through their wedding decoration. If you want your wedding to be traditional or ethnic, you must be careful to preserve the native and cultural style of your ethnicity All the wedding deco, even the colors, must be in harmony with the couple’s traditions. Ethnic wedding are commonly held in the place where the couple or one of them is from. However, if you are not lucky to be at your place of origin, ensure you make yourself and your invitees feel as if they were. A vital part of the decoration that you cannot miss, are the cake toppers. We have pulled together a list of our top seven ethnic cake toppers, check it out!!
African American Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper
This cake topper is perfect if both of you are African America. It is a very traditional but beautiful cake topper that you will want to have in your wedding. Check more African American cake topers here.
Cute Asian Couple in Traditional Wedding Attire
This adorable cake topper shows an Asian couple wearing a traditional wedding attire! Imagine how cute it would look if you are also wearing a matching attire. Check more Asian toppers here.
Latin Dancer & Mariachi Player Cake Topper Figurine
This is so cute!! If you have Mexican heritage, why not depicting it through your cake toppers? You may find other cake toppers here if you are Latin American.
Contemporary Indian Bride and Groom Mix & Match Cake Toppers
This is a must cake topper if you are looking forward mixing traditional and modern. A bride with henna and bindi details and wearing a sari plus a black suited groom. Check our complete Indian colection here. Groom in Kilt Figurine and Fashionable Bride Mix & Match Cake Toppers
If you want to embrace your Scottish heritage, you should consider this beautiful cake topper showing the groom wearing a Scottish attire while the bride wears an elegant dress. Find more Irish and Celtic toppers here.
Dutch Cake Topper
This cute Dutch cake topper with the bride wearing a Volendam hat, black dress and blue jacket while the groom wears an black fisherman cap and a red jacket with black breeches is perfect to show your Dutch heritage. Find more scandinavian cake toppers here.
Chic Interracial Wedding Cake Topper – Caucasian Bride / African American Groom
What if both are from different ethnicities? Nothing to worry. You can always find interracial cake toppers to suit your needs. Here you have a caucasian bride with an african american groom. But you may find more combinations here.
Do you see how wide the cake topper world is now? Just make the arrangements and certainly you will find the perfect one to suit your needs.
If you have already thought of decorating every single space in your wedding such as the banquets, tables, chairs, roof, and so on. One more pace you should take into account is the aisle… the way to the altar. Walk to the man of your dreams through a magical passage.
When people think about decorating, they usually forget about the floor, or, they use a red carpet for the aisle; however, more and more couples are now choosing to decorate the floor with cute, original and unique ideas perfect for any bride. Some ideas would suit especially well if the ceremony is outdoors, some others to decorate the church hall and others are versatile. Let’s check them out!
The safest choice for the aisle is the traditional red carpet, but why not risking and getting away from the conventional by being bold and using other colors. What about white, green, pink, blue… the color you want to use will be just perfect. Analyze the decoration of your wedding and the theme so the color matches. If you want something even more innovative, you may print your names or initials in the carpet or you could build a road with using carpet for the path to the altar, choose to print the names or initials of the couple in it or you could even build a road with different kilim rugs if you are holding a boho wedding.
Petals and more Petals
Embellishing the aisle using petals is the trendiest option these years. There are so many different options in which you can decorate the way to the altar by using petals and create a magical atmosphere that you will be awed by the results. You can choose to scatter petals without a specific order. Try a monochromatic style or combine different colors as well as types of flowers.
Now, if you prefer a more organized style, fill the hall with petals of the same color or create a drawing if you want a slightly more orderly style, chooses to completely fill the hall with petals of a single color or create a degraded drawing with them. Petals are super flexible for decoration because they allow you to create beautiful figures and make your way to the altar a fairylike experience.
The Edges of the Hall
If you are not attracted to the idea of walking on petals, you can also use them for the roadside or play with different types of floral arrangements and place them on the floor. If what you want is to light the road, use beautiful lamps or candles inside cages and place them on the sides of the aisle. This idea will be super cute if you are getting married at night.
The edges could also be decorated in accordance to your wedding’s theme. Use straw or bales for a rustic theme; palms and exotic flowers for a beach team or incredible floral arrangements for an elegant and chic wedding.
There are so many options to decorate the aisle, choose the one you like the most so you feel in heaven when you give the expected “I do.”