Bridesmaids do a lot for their bride, and sometimes even end up spending a lot of money. They are often responsible for planning and throwing bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and depending on their bride will pay for their own no-negotiations bridesmaid dress. Even though wedding planning is stressful, it is important to remember that a little thank you can go a long way in making your ladies feel appreciated. That’s where Wedding Collectibles comes in!
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?
What is the Big Fake Wedding event?
Looking for a fun way to explore wedding vendors and get a taste of what you want your wedding to not only look like in pieces, but together as a whole? Try attending a Big Fake Wedding event! It is exactly what it sounds like – a fake wedding put together with real vendors. It is attended by brides and designed to connect you to exactly what it is that you want. Right from the horses mouth, The Big Fake Wedding is a “a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites, and a dance-party reception”. Doesn’t that sound so fun?
Before attending the event, you can look at their inspiration board. This will help to get a feel of if it is a style you would be interested in. What’s more is tickets to attend the events are only $25. So, you don’t have to spend a lot to get connected to vendors your love!
A great thing about these events is you can find them in most states. Click here to see a list of upcoming Big Fake Weddings near you.
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Four Things to Consider for your Ruby Wedding
Center of Attention or Background?
Ruby, as a gemstone and as a wedding color, is most definitely the center of attention. This means that any other colors you have aside the Ruby should be chosen to enhance its beauty and meaning. Being bold should not mean you can’t play it up. For example, you may choose it to be a pop of color – steal drawing attention – like in the bouquet of our inspiration collage. Or, it can be dramatically center stage like in the sequin bridesmaid dresses. Ruby has a warmth to it that undercuts the hardness or loudness that can sometime accompany red. This means you really can have Ruby sequin dress with it looking romantic and luxurious and not Vegas show girl.
As a gemstone, Rubies are known to evoke passion and romance. According to crystalvaults.com “ruby has always been associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment and closeness” and were in fact once thought to be the perfect wedding stone. Really, the only thing a young couple wants more than to live happily ever after is to live passionately ever after.
Food for thought: Have you ever heard of the joke tradition to put a marble in a jar every time.. eh hem…in your first year of marriage and to take a marble out every time *cough* in the years after and even 50 years later you’ll still not have emptied the jar? So, maybe using a Ruby as the center stone of your wedding and maybe even your wedding ring will prevent that from being you!
Wedding Themes Connected to Ruby
- Love/ Sweethearts
Complementing Colors for your Ruby Wedding
- Rose Gold
- Jewel Tones ( as in you use several different jewel tones as your color scheme)
Check Out our Emerald Wedding Inspiration Board Here.
The Wedding Dress: White or not to White
It is traditional in many cultures to wear a white wedding dress. Surprise! Okay, so that isn’t a big shocker. For the most part it has to do with representing purity or in some cultures, virginity. Either way when someone says wedding dress, people think white. Wedding dresses have grown in styles, but the traditional white is still the most dominant and breaking the trend of the white wedding dress is often the most statement making veer from tradition. So if you run in a more traditional crowed – grandpa will have a heart attack if you walk down the aisle in a gorgeous ruby gown – be prepared for possible back lash. However, for those wanting a unique wedding dress, this can be one of the funnest wedding traditions to break
Really this could be any bold color, but jeweled tones are one hundred percent on trend this year. A jewel toned wedding dress would be keeping with top trends, but also be a huge step out of tradition! The key to still keeping the bridal look will be in all the styling. Imagine this unique wedding dress with an emerald lace veil and a bouquet of all white flowers. Can you say show stopper? Continue reading
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.
Fall Wedding Pros List
The change in colors during the fall season is a perfect opportunity for matching warm and vibrant wedding colors. There is something about fall colors that just seems so cozy and romantic.
Picking a wedding date can be stressful and even a sore spot, but it doesn’t need to be. Sit down with your groom, take out a calendar and go through these five steps in brainstorming.
Step One: Think about the season.
Some brides have a set season in mind when they dream about their wedding day. There have even been movies based on this with brides competing for the day. If your dreaming of a June wedding and you get engaged in July, your automatically looking at at least a year before your getting married. Every season has it’s own perfect romantic vibe, so you just need to decide which one you like the best!
Step Two: Big Whoopla or Small Shin-dig
Now you need to think about how big or small your wedding is going to be. Bigger and more extravagant weddings tend to need a little more time to put together. There is nothing wrong with this, but it will help you gauge how far off you need to set that wedding date.
Step Three: Decide whose planning the wedding.
If you are planning the wedding on your own, then you may want to give yourself a little more time. This is especially important if you are planning on that big wedding that will have a lot more to coordinate. Chances are you and your SO have jobs and won’t be able to devote every waking minute to wedding planning. So, if you are wanting a big wedding, save yourself the stress and don’t set that wedding date for two months out!
Step Four: Venue availability
Now you need to think about where you want to get married. Some venues have wait lists and are booked a year or more in advance. If your wedding venue of choice is one of these places and the your not feeling flexible on the where, you will need to be flexible with the when. To determine this, call up the venue you want and check for availability in the season on time frame you have decided on from steps one, two and three.
Step Five: When do you WANT your wedding date to be?
Last consideration, which is really the first consideration: How long are you willing to wait? Some couples are fine with waiting two years in order to put together the wedding of their dreams. Others are willing to trim down their plans in order to get married faster. If your timeline of when you can pull together your dream wedding is farther out than you are comfortable with, then maybe it isn’t really your dream?
Fall wedding themes call for a cozy kind of romance that these top five wedding themes make come to life! Which theme is the wedding of your dreams?
Fall festivals include caramel apples, pumpkin picking, pies, hay rides, twinkling lights, music, starlight and the kind of romance that cuddles under a blanket drinking coco. I can’t really think of a better setting for a wedding. And by using the festival theme it will open your wedding up to whimsy as you can include bobby for apples and other festival games at your reception! Not to mention the food! Apple pie, kettle corn, churros…need I say more?