Doesn’t the bride above look amazing? I found the image via the fantastic photographers Lukas and Suzy.
It’s always been fun to look into all the different cultural world wedding traditions.
I am always impressed by the fashions of Native American tribes. The colours and materials are so inspiring.
Here are some traditional native wedding customs and fashions.
The Blanket Ceremony is one of the oldest and most endearing wedding traditions among some Native American tribes. This ritual entails using two blue blankets to represent the couple’s past lives. The couple are wrapped in blue blankets and led to a sacred circle of fire. The officiant or spiritual leader blesses the union and the couple shed the blue blankets and enveloped by relatives in a single white blanket which represents their new life. Under the white blanket, it’s customary that the couples embrace and kiss. The white blanket is usually kept and displayed in the couple’s home.
The Native American bride may wear a white dress or a beautiful long leather dress with beading and traditional colors woven into the fabric. The traditional colors of Native Americans include White for east, Blue for south, Yellow for west, and Black for north. These four colors represent the four points of the earth. Native American brides may also wear moccasins and a wreath made of maize which symbolizes fertility.
Moccasins for a wedding? YES, please, I think they would make super comfy and cool wedding shoes.
I love the low smart shoes in the picture above who are by Le Temps De Cerise and are the cutest I have seen this season.
image via vitality-centre.com
I haven’t done a world wedding traditions post in a while.
While looking something up on a yoga website I came across some traditional love herbs and I found the following fact:
Rosemary – Represents love and faithfulness. Many cultures have used this herb as an aphrodisiac and to keep love strong.
In days of yore, women carried Rosemary for their bridal bouquet in lieu of flowers!
I didn’t know that. I love rosemary on potatoes and roasts.
But as bouquet? Not quite sure.
It would look great for sure together with flowers.
Keep your love strong- with rosemary ; )
Photo by Chris Craymer
An old-fashioned wedding ritual does still take place in THAILAND today.
Don’t be alarmed if you are led to the honeymoon suite to find
an old couple sitting on your bed waiting to greet you! The idea is that an old couple are evidence of a long and successful marriage. Their knowledge and good luck is then imparted to the newlyweds in a number of different ways. They may say how ‘lucky the bed feels’ hinting that the newly married couple will have children. Bags of rice and coins may be placed on the bed along with a number of other items all acting as symbols of prosperity and fertility. Tradition states that the newlyweds share their bed with these objects for the next 3 nights.
You may be relieved to hear that the old couple don’t also stay in the bed for 3 nights!
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For their wedding ceremony Cori & Z of hat & feathers created a wonderful version of an old tradition:
“We put a bottle of wine, two glasses, & a set of love letters (written in secret & unshared) into a wooden crate and then sealed it with nails (each nail was hammered by a family member to show their commitment to supporting our marriage & then finally by us). The crate is meant as an act of reassurance, a romantic gesture–if ever our relationship is in peril, we are to open the crate, drink the wine, & read the letters before we make any decisions about our future.”
Oh yeah, I love it!
image via wikipedia
The Irish are well known for their rich tradtions.
One of their really nice wedding customs is the Claddagh ring.
The Claddagh Ring has remained very popular as an engagement and/or wedding ring. The symbolism is quite lovely. The heart in the design symbolizes love longed to be shared with one’s true love. The crown symbolizes undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together.
“With my two hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my loyalty” and
“Let love and friendship reign forever” can be both found as meanings for the symbols together in this ring.
There are many legends about the origin of the Claddagh ring and true or not, the Claddagh has become an everlasting symbol of love and marriage.
Liv likes this story:
It starts with the likes of a fisherman who was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery before he could marry his true love that remained behind in the Irish village of Claddagh. The fisherman ended up indentured to a goldsmith who taught him his trade. Thinking every day of the true love he left behind in the village of Claddagh, he decided to make a special ring for her should they ever be united again. He crafted a ring with two hands holding a heart, which had a crown above it. It was meant to represent love and friendship.
Eventually, the fisherman (now goldsmith) was released and he returned to his village. To his great joy, he found that his true love had waited for him to return and then he presented her with the ring, which became the betrothal ring. The ring then became synonymous with faithfulness too, as they both remained faithful to each other even when separated by adversity and distance.
awww! …and they lived happy ever after… Liv loves happy endings.
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Greek brides wore traditional wedding veils of yellow or red, which represented fire. These brightly colored veils were supposed to protect the bride from evil spirits and demons.
Now thats a good reson to wear red headpieces!
The engagement rings, which also serve as the wedding rings, are traditionally blessed twice. When the couple becomes officially engaged, the priest blesses the rings and the couple will wear the rings on their left hand until the wedding. At the wedding ceremony, the priest once again blesses the rings at which time the bride and groom switches the rings to the right hand. This is really practical and nice since both of you will have an engagement ring.
A Greek bride may carry a lump of sugar on her wedding day to ensure she has a sweet life,or she might carry ivy, as a symbol of endless love. Speaking of candy: The guest are also offered sweet stuff: Candied almonds are considered a favorite at some wedding receptions. However, at a Greek wedding, candied almonds are given to guests immediately following the ceremony. The almonds are usually distributed in a cloth or tulle covering and guests can expect to receive an odd number of the edible delicacies.
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We can be heroes, just for one day!
Thats probably how the Georgians roll: They’re wearing jeweled crowns.
And another wedding custom is sharing wine from a silver cup (piala).
Vows are spoken and the couple circles the sanctuary three times.
When I asked a Georgian friend of mine about their customs he told me that the traditonal dances, are still a very important part of the ceremony too.
Even today they perform a traditional dance like this.
I would need a lot training though to get my feet moving that fast.
Oh my god, they look like so much fun!
Liv would love to wear a wedding crown, maybe not the traditional one,
but a feather one would do.
So lets be king and queen, just for one day!
It really was time to do another world wedding tradition post!
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Liv has never been to Lavs home country Australia so far, but would love
to check it out one day. Mainly because of the SUN and BEACHES.
So here is a little research on Australian Weddings.
Most Australian wedding traditions have been borrowed from England, but many ceremonies are also flavored with Aboriginal customs.
So what is a traditional Aboriginal Wedding?
Ceremonies are preferably outside, or in a ceremonial lodge or under an arbor.
The bridal couple has four sponsors. Sponsors are older, well respected people within the community, chosen by the bride and groom. The sponsors are to give spiritual and marital guidance to the couple throughout their lifetime.
Their commitment is to the Creator, to God. There is no breaking that commitment, and no divorce.
If the couple separates and goes their separate ways, in the eyes of the Creator, they are still husband and wife. Each person makes a declaration in front of the Pipe Carrier that they choose to be known as husband and wife. Then they smoke from the pipe. Tobacco is offered and accepted by the officiant.
One thing is for sure: Australia would be a great place for a beach wedding.
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…is celebrated by the Dutch.
They are known worldwide for their tulips, as well as their great art and design schools. Their wedding traditions are also based on flowers as well as innovative and rebellious thinking.
After a Dutch wedding, newlyweds in Holland might plant lilies-of-the-valley around their house. This tradition symbolizes
THE RETURN OF THE HAPPINESS and the couple can then celebrate and renew their love with each blooming season.
The roots of the customary bridal shower originated in Holland. If a Dutch bride was unfortunate enough to have her father disapprove of her choice in husband, he would not offer a dowry. Her friends would then “shower” her with gifts so she could still be married to her groom, without the help of her father. Ha, so a bridal shower is an emancipated tradition, very nice!
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Still dreaming about sunshine and beaches Liv did a little reserch on
Caribbean wedding traditions and found something delicious.
An Island wedding cake is unique to all the world.
Tradition calls for a BLACK CAKE, with the recipe handed down from mother to daughter and improved upon by each succeeding generation.
Isn’t this great? I am totally into this kind of traditions that includes the magic of a secret, even if its just a cake recipe!
The basic ingredients of an Island wedding cake include a pound of flour, a pound of brown sugar, a pound of butter, and a pound of glazed cherries, raisins, prunes, currants, and a dozen fresh eggs.
The cake is traditionally served with a HARD RUM SAUCE and all of the dried fruits are soaked in rum in a crock pot for anywhere from two weeks to one year.
That sounds delicoius.
I am addicted to many black food & drinks like coffee, licorice and cola light (yeah I know its discusting!)
After the reception the new couple often spend a week in seclusion in a home provided by the groom, or they may travel to a nearby island and spend a glorious week together before returning to their home to start their new life together.
Island weddings are known as very up-beat celebrations. Who can listen to the melodious and haunting sound of the steel drum without the romance of the tropics washing over their soul?
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Indians celebrate colorful. The groom might arrive on a white horse
and the bride is decorated with tradtional henna painting.
Traditional Indian brides wear pink and red saris on their wedding day, adorning themselves extravagantly with as much jewelry as possible. VERY GOOD IDEA. Liv loves jewelry.
Henna staining, a customary art form, is still practiced by Indian brides to be. On the eve of her wedding vows, following a traditional ceremonial cleansing, the bride-to-be will have her hands and feet painted with henna, in beautiful paisley or medallion patterns. LOVE THE HENNA ON THE FEET, maybe my next tatoo inspiration!?
Instead of a ring a special wedding gift is given to the bride, a necklace signifying her married status.
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I know that these are not ducks, but at least lovebirds
and the picture is wonderful.
In China, every new couple needs to go to a park to have a video made
before the evening party starts. If two couples meet in a park,
they should exchange a new handkerchief and wish each other good luck.
It has to be red and have a picture of mandarin ducks.
Because ducks stay together forever. Red is central to the wedding theme of China: It signifies love, joy and prosperity.
This custom is about sharing happiness and congratulating each other.
Traditionally, the more happiness you share, the more good luck you get.
Right!!! Lets share happiness….
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For cooler approach you can exchange rockin handkerchiefs from the Brooklyn based brand The Hill-Side its a brand-new neckwear Label which is inspired by an old fashioned working class mens aesthetic. Their Website shows that their styles also look great on girls and hey,even dogs.
I love their photos and can imagine a reall great grooms outfit with their ties…
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Might be time to tell you some customs about my home country: Germany.
This is about breaking dishes, kidnapping and drinking champagne. That’s how we roll ; )
A few days before the wedding, friends and relatives bring old porcelain and kitchenware to throw onto the ground in front of the bride and groom. This is supposed to grant them a happy, lucky life; that’s why this evening event is called POLTERABEND–the evening with lots of broken porcelain. It’s good luck for guests to bring old dishes to break.
The newlyweds then sweep up the broken pieces together, symbolizing that nothing will ever be broken in their house again. The Polterabend often develops into an informal and casual party.
It is customary for the ‘best man’ to steal the bride from the reception and take her to a local pub, where they drink champagne until the groom finds them. Then the groom has to pay for all that they drank. Later, friends of the couple block all the reception site exits with ribbons and garlands. When the couple is ready to leave for their honeymoon, the groom must pay a toll to exit, usually the promise of another party!
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I noticed last week that there are quite a few of you reading this from sunny Brazil! This got me thinking and after a little
research I found this SWEET BRAZILIAN WEDDING CUSTOM:
Bem Casodos or Well-Marrieds!
Its the most traditional sought-after dessert at weddings in Brazil.
Each Bem Casado is artfully made and is light, soft, airy and filled with smooth, home-made caramel bathed in a special sweet sauce.
I can’t wait to attend an brazilian (inspired) wedding, sounds delicious!
The packaging is also incredible.
They come in all colors and materials you can imagine:
Little baskests,napkins, paperboxes, wrapped in lace and beautiful fabircs, with bows, little cards or flowers. Many shops offer them custom-made to the theme or colorscheme of the wedding. Some are kitschy some very very nice.
Each treat represents two united parts sealed by sweet love, support and mutual respect.
According to legend, everyone who tastes them will be blessed with the happiness of newlyweds, Abraços!
so make a wish before you take a bite.
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…then you picked the wrong place to stay!
this is a quote from another favorite musician of Liv:
Stuck between London and Berlin the weather could be definitely better.
I have been freezing for one week now and its constantly raining.
Its so very cold in bed without Lav. (4more cold sleeps!)
I really like it hot! But you know what?
The English consider rain on a wedding day a sign of good fortune! Smart people the British.
It was in England that many of our most enduring Western European wedding traditions got their beginning.
Most of us know the ancient nursery rhyme about something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It became an important part of most Western European weddings, even though many brides and grooms no longer know the significance of the rhyme:
Something old is symbolic of continuity. The old item was often a piece of lace or a grandmother’s scarf or an old piece of jewelry. Something new signifies hope for the future, and can be anything from a piece of clothing to the wedding band itself. Something borrowed is symbolic of future happiness and is often provided by a happily married friend of the bride. And finally, something blue. In ancient times blue was the color of purity and often both the bride and the groom wore a band of blue cloth around the bottom of their wedding attire.
If you are still worried about the weather just leave for a six month honeymoon to sunny countries!
Oh damn! I really feel like traveling… or listening to the great northamerican dance-punk of lcd soundsystem-
Life is too short to worry about the weather!
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