Wednesday, May 6, 2009

cultural wedding traditions

As wedding designers/consultants/planners, our role is to guide a couple through the wedding planning process, whether it be to assist with selecting colors, obtaining a marriage license, or even helping couples communicate with family. But it is also important that we stay tuned to the traditions, trends, and wedding forecasts. One area that many planners have to be cognizant about is "cultural wedding traditions." I found this useful link on -- though it's pretty simplified, I thought it was pretty neat to see 70+ countries listed and their wedding customs! Take a peek and see if you'd like to incorporate some cultural traditions into your wedding! Click HERE to preview.

Did you know:

  • In Spain, Spanish brides often wear orange blossoms in their hair, although the custom varies from region to region. In Castille, a bride wears white flowers in her bosom, and in Andalusia, a wreath of pink and red roses is worn on her head. The groom gives his bride 13 coins, the monedas or arras, symbolizing his ability to care for her, which she might carry during the ceremony in a special purse. The sequidillas manchegas is the traditional dance, and each guest who dances with the bride presents her with a gift of money. When the bride and groom make their getaway, it is usually to an arbor of flowers on a terrace or rooftop.* It is also a tradition to wear a black lace or silk gown!**

    Above: Couple in Spain; Photo Credit: Crash Taylor Photography

    Above: (Victorian Era) women wearing orange blossom wreath

    Above: Stephanie Madesh "Black Beauty Bustle Gown"

  • In Fiji, after receiving permission from a girl's father to marry, the Fiji groom-to-be personally prepares food and sends it to her family in a ritual called warming. When the bride-to-be leaves her home, friends and family gather for a farewell ritual. Before marrying, the bride is usually tattooed, and sometimes painted with turmeric and oil. Traditionally, she might wear a necklace of ivory points, which is removed by the groom during the ceremony, an act signifying her new married status. A celebratory feast follows the wedding ceremony.
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