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Friday, June 09, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Various Customs

There are many wedding customs that certain ethnic or religious groups follow. Even though some folks are not part of that culture or religion many still follow these wedding traditions. I find the traditions interesting so I went out on a search to see what I could find.

I found the following information at

Have fun and enjoy!

Many wedding traditions from around the world can be integrated into any wedding, whether or not the couple is of that culture or religion.


Catholic brides and grooms take marriage preparatory courses at their church.

A traditional wedding takes place during a full mass.

The priest blesses the Catholic couple's wedding rings.

Often the bride places her flowers in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary.

The Catholic wedding allows for a large extended wedding party in the form of readers, altar boys, deacons, and ministers of the Eucharist.


For a time before the wedding day, the bride spends time in seclusion with her friends. She does not see her family or her fiancee during this time.

A new bed was always installed in the couple's home on the day before the wedding. Children were invited into the room to provide an omen of fertility. The bed was scattered with fruit, which the children could take.

The "Hair Dressing Ritual" was a very important part of the wedding day preparation. The bride would take a pumelo (grapefruit) scented bath and wear new underclothes, before her hair was dressed in the style of a married woman by a woman who was considered to be lucky.

The bride traditionally wears red shoes and a red veil over her face.

In some regions, the groom eats dinner with the bride's family. He is often served hard- or soft-boiled eggs. He breaks the yolk, to symbolize the breaking of the bride's ties with her family.

The female attendants were chosen with care being taken that their horoscope animals in the Chinese Zodiac were compatible with the groom's.

The bride and groom drink wine from the same goblet and eat sugar molded in the form of a rooster.

Contemporary Chinese weddings are held on dates which are determined using a variety of factors. Fortune tellers use the birth dates of the bride and groom to determine the best date for the wedding. Many almanacs can be found which also can provide this information.


The groom and his parents meet with the bride's parents to formally ask permission for the engaged couple to marry.

Filipino couples visit important people (usually elders) to announce their engagement. This is considered a sign of respect. They may hand-deliver an invitation at this time.

Rain is considered lucky if it falls on the wedding day.

Filipina brides carry a rosary with their bouquet to honor their Catholic heritage.

Many Filipina brides offer their bouquet to the Virgin Mary rather than tossing it.

The most popular month for being married in the Philippines is December.

Filipino grooms walk down the aisle, alone or with their parents. Filipino wedding invitations contain an insert with the names of the entire wedding party.

Filipino newlyweds release doves during the reception. This bodes well for a peaceful relationship. Anyone that catches a dove can take it home!


Greek couples become engaged in the presence of their families. This is as binding as the wedding itself.

Weddings in Greece take place on Sunday.

Greek grooms send wine with their wedding invitations to his friends and relatives. The bride sends sweets with hers.

Greek brides wear yellow or red veils, which symbolize fire and were thought to protect the bride from evil spirits in ancient times.

A Greek bride carries a lump of sugar with her to ensure that her life is sweet.

In Greek weddings dishes are smashed on the floor during the huge wedding celebration, for good luck. The party can last all night!

A Greek bride may throw a pomegranate instead of the traditional bouquet. The seeds of the pomegranate symbolize fertility.


Wedding bands are made of gold, because gold lasts forever. The ring is placed on the fourth finger, because it is believed the vein from this finger runs directly to the heart. The groom wears his on his right hand and the bride on his left, to symbolize a complete heart.

A Mendhi ceremony is usually held in the late afternoon. Generally this is only attended by the ladies. The bride's hands and feet are painted with a henna paste. The paste is allowed to dry and washed off, leaving behind a stain on the skin. The darker the stain the stronger the love. This stain will last for several days.

The traditional Hindu wedding includes a Sangeet Party at which guests eat, drink, and dance to professional singers.

The sisters and female relatives and friends of the groom visit the bride-to-be and bring her small gifts. This allows the bride to get to know these important people in the groom's life.

The most important ceremony performed on the day before the wedding is the Ghari Puja. The priest comes to the couple's new home and performs a blessing. The bride grinds wheat and the groom offers the priest a handful of the ground wheat to symbolize that, though his life is changing, he will always remain charitable and help those less fortunate than himself. The bride and groom wear old clothing, which is torn off by their friends to symbolize the end of their old life.

In the Hathialo ceremony, the bride's dress is tied to a scarf worn by the groom. Then their hands are bound by a thread that has been blessed. This symbolizes their unity and their new life together.


The traditional Irish wedding ring features a Claddagh. The heart held by two hands, with a crown, means love, faith, and honor.

The traditional Irish couple walks to the church and down the aisle together.

Irish brides mix English lavender into their bouquets.

In Ireland, the honeymoon lasts for an entire month! This began because many couples eloped and wanted to hide for a while.

Irish lore states "Marry in May and rue the day. Marry in April if you can; joy for maiden and for man."

Honey mead is served at Irish weddings to protect the bride from faeries who may come to kidnap her.

Irish brides carry a horseshoe for good luck.

The top tier of the Irish wedding cake should be an Irish whiskey cake.

Good Luck:
A fine day
Marrying during harvest
Taking the long road

Bad Luck:
Marrying on Saturday
Meeting a funeral
Breaking a glass or cup


The bride and groom sign a "Ketubah", a Jewish marriage contract. The document will be framed and displayed in the couple's home.

The groom studies the bride's face underneath her veil. This is because in the Biblical story of Jacob, he accidentally married the wrong woman after she covered her face with a veil.

Jewish wedding bands are simple, with no decorations. This symbolizes that there is no beginning, and no end, in the union.

The men should all wear yamulkes.

Jewish parents escort their children down the aisle.

The wedding is performed under a canopy called a huppah. This canopy symbolizes God's protection.

There are seven wedding blessings in a Jewish ceremony.

The tradition of the groom stepping on a wine glass symbolizes the fragility of human happiness.

Jewish brides and grooms are given a short time alone immediately following the ceremony, prior to the reception. In the past, this was when the marriage was consummated, however now it is a time for the bride and groom to be alone and reflect on their wedding.


Traditional Korean weddings are held in the bride's home. The groom travels to the bride's home in a procession.

The couple shares three spoonfuls of rice, which represents the meals they will share for the rest of their lives. They pour a Korean liquor made of rice into two cups which have been made from the same gourd. This symbolizes the union of their souls.

Ducks and geese are very important in the Korean wedding ceremony and may be incorporated in. Ducks and geese mate for life, symbolizing faithfulness.

The bride wears a chogori, which is a short, long-sleeved jacket and a chima, which is a full length, wrap-around skirt. She may wear a white sash decorated with flowers or symbols of significance to the bride, as well as a crown or headpiece.


In a Polish wedding, bread, wine and salt are very important. Bread represents never being hungry. Salt is a reminder that times may be difficult, but they will cope with whatever may happen. Wine represents good health and good spirits.

The unveiling of the bride represents the bride's transformation from girl to woman. The single women circle the bride and the maid of honor removes her veil. A married woman pins a cap to her head. When this happens, the bride is officially considered married. Often the bride tosses the veil, rather than her bouquet, to the unmarried female guests.


Russian weddings last for two days!

A loaf of bread, symbolizing health, long life and prosperity, is bitten into during the ceremony by both the bride and the groom. Whoever takes the biggest bite wears the pants in the family!

Russian wedding parties ride around their city in decorated cars, leaving flowers at historical sites.

If a Russian groom takes his eyes off his bride, she can be "kidnapped" and the groom must pay a ransom.

Russians wear their wedding rings on their right hand. The bands are traditionally three interwoven bands of gold or tri-gold.


Before a Scottish wedding, a shower is held so that the bride can open the wedding gifts surrounded by everyone who has sent a gift. At this shower, the bride is dressed up in a "veil" (made from anything you have - shower curtain, sheet, or anything you can think of!). She is given a plastic baby doll and a plastic toilet or container. The party walks through town singing songs. The bride can exchange kisses for money, which is placed into the toilet or container.

The groom also has a special night out with his friends. He is often dressed up as a pregnant woman and paraded around town. His friends play a lot of practical jokes on him and the evening often ends up with the groom tied up in front of his home - with or without his clothes!

The Scots begin the wedding the night before the ceremony...drinking, singing, and dancing accompanies a festive party.

Scottish grooms wear a kilt featuring their clan tartan. The bride can wear a brooch fastened with a piece of this tartan, as well, to symbolize her being welcomed into her new family.

Scottish priests bless the newlyweds, their home, and their bed.

South African

South African weddings are followed by a large feast known as the Karamu.

The bride's family lights a fire in the hearth of the new couple, using fire from their own hearth.

The traditional South African wedding involves a unity candle ceremony. A large candle remains unlit during the ceremony, flanked by two lit smaller candles. The bride and groom each take one small candle and light the large candle, symbolizing their union. A nice way to add to this is to have each of the small candles lit by the parents of the bride and groom prior to the wedding.

The Twelve Symbols of Life are administered during the ceremony.
Each of these is very symbolic to the family:

1 Bible or Koran
2 Bitter Herbs
3 Broom
4 Honey
5 Pepper
6 Pot & Spoon
7 Salt
8 Shield
9 Spear
10 Water
11 Wheat
12 Wine

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Wedding Scrapbook

I have to admit that I have not successfully ventured into the creative world of scrapbooking. I did give it a try but didn't seem to be to successful at it. I know that as a scrapbooker you are supposed to trim unnecessary obejects or backgrounds from the photo but I just couldn't do it! I can't make myself cut a picture! But my co-worker has started scrapbooking and she loves it. That's all she wants to do when she gets off from work.

She was talking about some ideas to consider when making a wedding scrapbook.

Wedding scrapbook tips:

Tip #1: On the first two pages you may want to consider using paper that matches the colors in your wedding. Also, on these pages place one of your wedding invitations, decorative napkin from your reception, etc.

Tip #2: If you cover the honeymoon in your scrapbook be sure to include your plane tickets, or any other tickets that you may have used. Example: Did you go see a broadway show on your honeymoon? Be sure to save the ticket stub so that you can place that in your scrapbook.

Tip #3: When journaling write about your favorite part of your wedding day. Was it when your Dad saw his baby girl in her beautiful dress? Maybe it was when Mom was helping you get dressed. Whatever was your favorite part of the day be sure to journal that in your scrapbook.

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Monday, May 29, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Smorgasboard of Wedding Tips

First, I would like to acknowledge that today is Memorial Day and I gratefully appreciate the men and women who have died so that our country can be free. I also want to recognize those men and women who are currently serving in our military. A BIG thank you to all!

The following is a list that I have compiled of tips that you will want to remember as you plan your special wedding day:

1. Inform Guests - When including a traditional custom in your wedding (such as "jumping the broom") give your guests an explanation of the significance of the custom so that they too can appreciate its meaning. By the way, "jumping the broom" is an African tradition that was later used by slaves in the United States to symbolize marriage.

2. Prepare for Traffic - If you are getting married in a big city like Los Angeles or Chicago, provide your guests (especially the out of town guests) with maps on how to get to your wedding. Also, include any traffic trouble spots.

3. Allow Guests to Meet - If your family is from Texas and his family is from Missouri then chances are EXTREMELY high that the two families do not know each other. Consider hosting an event before your wedding for guests to get acquainted with on another. For instance, consider having the men go play golf while the ladies catch a movie. Do something so that everyone has a chance to meet.

I hope these tips prove to be valuable for you as you prepare for your wedding.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

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Wedding Decor and More! - Who Pays For What?

In a time when weddings easily run into the thousands of dollars there is much frustration when trying to determine what the bride's family should pay for and what the groom's family should pay for.

This can be a really touchy subject for most families. As a bride you don't want to offend your future in-laws by telling them they should pay for this and that when you don't have an idea of what is expected of them. Hopefully, with the following list that gives an idea of the financial responsibilities expected from all parties you will become more comfortable in approaching your parents and in-laws with any financial situations.

This is some of the items the bride is responsible for:

Gifts for the bridesmaids
Lodging for the bridesmaids
Couple's stationery and thank-you notes
Wedding programs and/or guestbook

This is some of the items the groom is responsible for:

Bride's engagement ring
Marriage license
Officiant's fee
Rental or purchase of his formalwear
Lodging for groomsmen
Gifts for the groom's attendants

What the Bride and Groom are both responsible for:

The wedding bands
The honeymoon

This is an Idea of What the Bride's Parents are Responsible For:

Engagement and wedding pictures
Wedding invitations
Wedding consultant
Bridal ensemble
Ceremony fees
decorating items
Bridesmaids' luncheon
Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception

Here's what the Groom's Parents are responsible for:

Rehearsal dinner or any other expense they choose

And the Bridesmaids should pay for:

Bridal shower
Bridesmaid dress and shoes
NOTE: The flower girl and ringbearer outfit is paid for by the child's parents
Any traveling expenses
Bachelorette party

The Ushers are responsible for:

Rental of formalwear
Bachelor party

Guests pay for:

Traveling and lodging expenses (even if the guests are traveling a good distance to your wedding because you've decided to have it in Jamaica or something)

There are several items above that can be divided between the bride's family and the groom's family if you are looking for more equal financial division. If you are wanting to divide the costs more between the bride, her family, the groom, and his family then consider the following:

These are some additional responsibilities pertaining to the Groom's Family:

All beverage and liquor service
Music for the reception
Photography and/or videography

Some additional costs for Bride and/or Groom:

Bride's ensemble
Wedding flowers
All wedding stationery, including invitations, announcements, and thank-you notes

When planning your wedding it is important that everyone within the wedding party, your parents, and the future in-laws are informed about what is financially expected of them. They don't want any surprises and you don't want any mishaps.

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Wedding Decor and More! - How To Not Be A Bridezilla!

You want to get things done. You've got bridesmaid dresses to choose from, the caterer needs to be booked, you need to decide on the flowers, not to mention that you need to decide on a wedding dress! You realize that you can't do everything on your own and finally decide to ask for help. But remember, you want to be a bride not a bridezilla!

When needing help during difficult or stressful situations sometimes one ends up demanding help rather than asking for help. This will get you nowhere. You will alienate those around you and they will play "Here Comes The Bridezilla From Hades" as you walk down the aisle.

Here are a few tips to help you ASK for favors rather than DEMAND help.

1. Asking For Favors is an Earned Privilege - When asking for favors don't run asking help from those people you rarely speak to. They will feel like you only call on them when you need something.

2. Don't Make Them Feel Obligated - If you ask for help and they want to help you then they will. If you can, send them an email or leave a message asking them the favor. This will give them time to think it over without feeling pressured. Don't wait until 15 minutes before the florist closes to ask your friend to run by the florist to pick up flowers. Plan ahead.

3. Imagine You Were Them - Before asking the favor of someone ask yourself if you would be aggravated if someone asked you to do the same thing. For instance, wouldn't you be a bit frustrated if a friend asked you to drive 2 hours to pick up a wedding favor sample?

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Wedding Decor and More! - Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Wedding

One of the best colors to include in a Spring wedding is yellow. You may be asking "Why yellow?" Yellow is the color often found in nature.

Think about it. The first flowers to bloom in Spring season are daffodils, tulips and forsythia. So by including yellow in your wedding colors scheme you could be symbolizing the start of your life together. Also, keep in mind that yellow is a cheerful hue and could be included in a summer wedding. The fall season is also a great time to place yellow among your wedding colors by using gold or mustard hues.

If you don't want yellow to be a main color then include small amounts of yellow and accent the yellow with whites and ivories.

When choosing colors for your wedding you may want to apply some research to the process and choose colors that are not only appealing but have a special meaning.

Brandi also has blogs on Going To The Hospital,Looking At Cooking, Easy Kid's Craft Ideas, Craft Ideas,Father's Day Craft Ideas, 4th of July Craft Ideas

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Wedding Decor and More!

Thanks for visiting today. If you are visiting then you likely planning your wedding or know someone who is. Well, hopefully you will gain some helpful wedding tips and ideas and be sure to treat yourself to today's "honeymoon specials" which are sure to be great gifts to take with you on your honeymoon.

I attended a friend's wedding about 2 years ago. It was a very simple wedding ceremony and a simple wedding reception but the ideas were rather creative.

Instead of the bridesmaids walking down the aisle with floral bouquets they carried small glass bowls that were filled with water and contained a floating candle. The lights in the church were turned off but there was enough sunshine pouring through the church windows that it provided a warming glow throughout the sanctuary. Plus with the lit floating candles it added to the elegance.

Also, the bridesmaids were barefoot! Hey, it saved them from having to spend money on shoes they may never wear again! But surprisingly it looked very nice.

Then, at the wedding reception, on the tables she had goldfish bowls with various fish in them. Then after the reception guests were able to take the fish home!

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Wedding Decor and More! - Welcome

We will be discussing current wedding trends, colors, wedding cakes, and more! Feel free to comment on anything wedding related!

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