Dueling Piano Blog: Unique Wedding Traditions Around The World
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.
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?
Start your wedding registry today using these tips!
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1) Keep it Balanced:
Some couples look at a wedding registry and think of it as an opportunity to get everything high end and others feel bad about asking their friends and family to spend money on them and register for the cheapest versions of everything they need. The goal is to keep it balanced. Decide on what items you want to last and choose the better and more expensive version. Then, items that don’t need to cost $50, like a toothbrush holder, maybe pick what is practical.
When a Bride and Groom set up their registry, they have an idea in their head of what they want as wedding gifts. Sometimes those must haves turn into dust collectors, never leaving the box. Other times, well meaning loved ones skip the registry. They go with something sweet and sentimental in mind or something really last minute and again, the gift is pushed to the back shelf until the couple finally decides to toss it.
If a bride and groom in either of these situations have the receipts to do returns and figure out that they want to return it early enough, then they may be able to salvage the bad gift before it ends up in the trash. Unfortunately, it is pretty typical for that gift receipt to not be included.
You may think it’s harsh to say your must have may turn into a waste or if your a wedding guest that your well meaning gift could end up in the trash? But, think about all the things you have purchased and used once. Then think about putting another person’s opinions and tastes into the equation. It’s not a far fetched prophecy!
Raise your hand if you have a wedding invitation posted on your fridge and need to find the perfect wedding gift! Take a look at these top three wedding gifts that every newlywed couple wishes they had!
1) Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer
The Kitchen Aid standing mixer is the premier standing mixer for households from beginning to more professional levels of cooking and baking. What makes this product great is that it really is high quality and the couple won’t have to replace it any time soon. Furthermore, it is really customizable to the couple’s wants and needs; this customization includes the color, style, and size, as well as the many different attachments. This makes the Kitchen Aid standing mixer a top choice for a wedding gift.
2) High Quality Pots and Pans
Pots and pans are one of the number one household items that are taken for granted and that can make all the difference in a couples family dinner game. It may be a good idea to either go off the couples registry or ask if they prefer copper, stainless steal, or ceramic, etc. This may not be the most important decision they make in life, but it is a pretty big one.
3) Gift Cards
A lot of people think that gift cards are not personal enough for a wedding gift. However, as many newlyweds will tell you, pulling out that $100 gift card when they need it most is a pretty spectacular gift. One bride even said that she had forgotten about a gift card and found it about three months after the wedding. “It was so awesome! I thought it was a $5 gift card that I got in a promotional purchase, but it turned out to have over $100 on it and covered everything we needed and still had some left over. BEST. GIFT. EVER!”