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Weddings from the World: Buddhist Weddings

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Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio
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We have been learning about weddings from the world, their different customs, traditions and much more. This time, we will talk about Buddhist weddings.  When we think on a Buddhist wedding, we might imagine the bride with a super colorful wedding dress and a priest that looks like Dalai Lama. However, our perception and believes of other culture weddings are usually based on what we have seen on movies or TV shows and the reality is nothing similar to that.

When discussing marriage in the Buddhist religion, it is important to take into account that they do not have a specific wedding ritual or ceremony because they do not consider marriage a religious event; therefore, when they celebrate a wedding, what they do is the called couple’s blessing. Even if they take different traditions and symbols from other religion weddings, the ceremony is not as stiff as a Muslim or catholic wedding.

Buddhists give a great deal of importance to astrology, that’s why everything related to commitment and weddings is dictated by the monks who, beforehand, prepare and interpret the couple’s astrological chart. Based on those, they determine different aspects such as the time and date of the wedding.

They marry in front of an altar that has the Buddha. It is usually decorated with flowers and other elements chosen by the couple. Friends and family will be behind the couple and the Buddhist monk will usually be standing higher than the rest of the people.

During the wedding ceremony, the couple must be together in a posture known as the Wai, which is gesture of respect, before receiving the Buddhist monk’s blessing. Then, the monks will start the ceremony with a sermon and once he finishes sharing his thoughts, he will lead the vow interchange which is a vital part of a Buddhist wedding.

Once done, to express their gratitude, the couple offers food to the monks and Buddha and the monks will chant the wedding prayer and then will eat. Only after they finish eating, the senior monk will bless the couple and all the guests with holy water.

The celebration after the wedding ceremony is a traditional wedding party with food, music and dancing. The type of food will depend on the country where the couple is from but it usually includes pork, beef, rice and other traditional dishes.

 

A Wedding into the Woods

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We have been writing about fall-inspired weddings these last weeks and today is not the exception. Even if fall is almost done to give room to spring, there are still ideas we can implement if you are getting married in this beautiful and magic season. There is nothing that resembles more a fairy tale than weddings in the woods; therefore, if you have always dreamed with a fairy tale like wedding, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your dreams come true.

The woods are full of magic, leafy trees and bucolic floral nature. You will be delighted by an explosion of intense colors thanks to the beautiful peonies and the most perfect moss rug that give color and softness to the environment and combined with a rustic decoration makes the whole thing look like taken out of a tale.

Autumn is so hard to resist because wedding ceremonies during this amazing time of the year are full of tastes and exquisite colors which makes it a perfect time to celebrate without the heat of summer and allowing you to take advantage of the natural landscapes that bloom during this season.

A perfect way to take advantage of all that nature gives us during autumn is to celebrate your wedding in the woods. These weddings are full of magic and are usually very intimate ceremonies with a reduced number of guests and a really simple decoration because, why would you need a super elaborate decoration when nature in its maximum majesty is the protagonist of the decoration? Just let nature express itself and your wedding will be stunning.

The details of weddings in the woods are usually obtained by using fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season such as grapes, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, berries, lilies, sunflowers and much more. Combine them with decorative elements that match and you will have a dream wedding!

 

 

Weddings from the World: Gypsy Weddings

Wedding FamilyWe have been visiting different cultures for the last weeks so you know more about how wedding traditions are in other places of the world and in case you want to theme your wedding based on a culture. This week, it is the turn of gypsies. Gipsy weddings are unique, full of color, celebration and fun, let’s learn more about them.

First of all, you should know that if the bride is not a virgin, she cannot get married unless she finds a man who is not married and wants to marry her despite that. To determine if the bride is a virgin, she has to pass the “test of the handkerchief” which consists of getting the bride into a private room and extract blood from her hymen. The “ajuntaora” uses a handkerchief and it must show three roses to prove her virginity, otherwise, the girl cannot get married. Once they pass the test, the wedding celebration starts. All guests will break their shirts to show joy. The couple will be raised over shoulders and everyone will throw caramelized almonds while singing.

The wedding dress is actually two dresses. One is pink and goes under representing femininity and the other one, white, represents purity. The dress must always be new and purchased by the bride’s father. The groom wears a conventional suit.

Usually the religious ceremony is Christian; however, some gypsies are married at the Roma rite and by the Catholic or evangelistic church while others are just married by the Roma rite. The bridesmaid and best man are usually the same of baptism and some other times, uncles. The pastor usually invites the “church’s elderly man” who, out loud, recites a mix of prayers and petitions for the couple.

Gypsy weddings usually last for several days and they have a huge feast. This may also vary from the region where the gypsies are settled. The gypsy wedding ceremony is all full with hymns or spiritual songs played by guitars and other instruments. Everybody sings in unison so it is basically a chorus coordinated by a director. They are always sung in groups, preventing them individually. So they enjoy a chorus that will be coordinated by a director.

Looking for the Perfect Wedding Hairstyle

The wedding hairstyle is vital if you want to look the best on your wedding day. To find the perfect one, you must take into account your personality, your dress’ design, make up and of course, rely on a good hair stylist to make you look absolutely gorgeous.

Since your wedding day will be super busy for you, please avoid last minute decisions and make sure everything is carefully planned. The best you can do is to visit the chosen hairstylist several months in advance so you can both plan ahead and even choose the dates for the hairstyle tests.Nocturnal Animals movie streaming

There is a wide variety of styles trending right now in regards to wedding hairstyles. However, keep in mind that if what you want is to look simply beautiful, you do not have to strictly choose a hairstyle sticking to the latest trends, but choose one that suits your personality and the rest of your wedding look. Still let’s talk a little about tendencies.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY STYLE UNVEILED
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Braids are the trendiest of the season. No matter if it as a diadem, herringbone, sideways, or from the neck to the top of the head, they are always a simple and right choice. The best about them is that you could always include nice details such as flowers, spikes and other minimal decoration to match the rest of your wedding look. Twisted hair, which is very similar to a braid, is also a great idea. You can wear a half up or have loose hair while wearing a headband made with your own hair.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY WHEN HE FOUND HER
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If you want a classic style, tied up hair will always be the protagonist. Buns are super elegant in different versions and shapes and they work perfectly in case you want to lengthen your neck and increase the volume at the top of your head.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIDAL MUSINGS /
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If you have long hair, your best shot will be half ups and wearing your hair loose. Nobody says that a bride must as a rule wear her hair up on her wedding day. Actually, it is more common to see brides showing off their beautiful hair on their most special day. Besides, there are beautiful and chic headbands in vogue that you could use to complement your look.  More and more brides are also choosing to het balayage and ombré for their wedding day. Many celebrities are wearing this popular hairstyle because it looks natural, beautiful and romantic.

It may seem complicated to choose the right style, but just remember to take into account:

  • Your face and hair: If you have a round face, wear a simple style but if you have an oval face, you can play more with different styles. If you have short hair, you can always resort to hair extension!
  • The wedding’s time and place: If your wedding is at night or indoors, you can go with a more elegant style. Meanwhile, a day and outdoors wedding allows you wear a more relaxed look
  • The dress and veil: Make sure everything is in harmony and suits together.

Remember that the wedding day is not a time to start experimenting your styles. Choose a hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable and that highlights your natural beauty.

A Fall Inspired Wedding Cake!

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Photographer: Photography By Charise
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A wedding in fall is awesome! Trees and leaves gives such a magical landscape full of color and texture. Beside the weather is perfect for you to use the dress you wish without worrying if it is going to be hot or cold. Most importantly, the season is full of delicious flavors! Pumpkins, apples, nuts, cider and much more culinary pleasures. Therefore, if you are planning to get married in autumn, you will definitely be inspired by a lot of elements when designing your wedding cake. Here we share with you some ideas for you to get motivated!

  • Get inspiration from spiced apples and ask get some thin strips of stretched caramel as decoration. In addition, you can use a nice autumn arrangement with dry branches to resemble a fall background.
  • Offer a real tribute to fall by including colorful autumn dry leaves not only to the decoration of the cake but also of the table where it would be located. You may also add a beautiful fall tree instead of the classic cake toppers.
  • A great floral autumn theme would be recreated by including sunflowers, hypericum berries, min roses in different colors and a few maple leafs. This will definitely make your cake look amazing!!
  • Use calla lilies to really catch everyone’s attention and make your cake elegant and modern. White calla lilies can be used as part of the cake to make it a master architectural piece by inserting them inside the cake.
  • A creative and delicious way to decorate your cake with an autumnal wedding theme is using seasonal fruits. Since fall is a harvest season, you have a lot to choose from. You may use fresh fruit or you can opt to use caramelized or crystallized fruit. This is a great options since it will fill your cake with flavors and colors!
  • Are you a chocolate lover? Then why not including chocolate covered fruit to your wedding cake. Also add melted chocolate to the top of your cake so it then spills over the other layers. You may use chocolate covered strawberries and keep the leaves uncovered to make it look more colorful! You can also use white chocolate for a more elegant cake or if you prefer, use leaves, flowers and fruits made of chocolate. Yummy!

There are many more ways in which you may incorporate autumn into your wedding cake, just let your imagination and creativity fly!

Weddings from the World: Orthodox Weddings

 

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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.watch The Belko Experiment movie online now

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Photography: Jose VIlla
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Weddings from the World: Muslim Weddings

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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!

 

 

 

How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

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Photography by: This Love of Yours
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It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
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Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.
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You may also take into account the new tendencies:streaming Rings film

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.

 

Ideas to Decorate the Aisle

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Photography: Max Wanger
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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!

Carpets

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.”