Cultural Wedding Traditions Revealed!

Jumping the broom, breaking of the glass, throwing rice!  You have seen and heard about them all but do you really know what they mean and where they derived from?  Throughout my ten years of wedding planning experience, I have pretty much seen it all.  Always my favorite part of a wedding, cultural and religious rituals intrigue me.  So, I’m sharing the most common wedding traditions both culturally and religiously so you can stop guessing.

Enjoy and happy planning!

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Breaking the glass in the Jewish faith symbolizes “the fragility of our relationship and reminds us that we must treat our relationship with special care. This custom was also incorporated into the ceremony to remind everyone that even at the height of personal joy, we must, nevertheless, remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. On a lighter note, thought by some to be the last time the groom ever gets to put his foot down.”  – courtesy of www.interfaithfamily.com

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 The Chinese lantern release symbolizes good luck and prosperity!

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This African American tradition symbolizes jumping into your new life together.  Sometimes described as sweeping away the old and welcoming the new!

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In Ireland, Add a sprig of English lavender; it symbolizes love and devotion. And herbs stand for the bride’s fidelity to her new husband. Another one of the most popular wedding flowers in Ireland is the Bells of Ireland. – courtesy of www.bridalguide.com

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An American tradition meant to bring prosperity and fertility by showering the couple with rice!

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The Hindu tradition of the bride wearing a sari for all or part of the wedding day is one of my favorites!  So beautiful and did you know that each region of India has a distinctive style of sari?

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The Chinese tea ceremony is traditionally held the morning of the wedding at the groom’s home.  This is meant to give the two families the opportunity to get to know one another!

Glitter and Glam!!

Move over fairies because glitter isn’t just for dusting anymore!  For years now, the wedding world has been surrounded by rustic, vintage and shabby chic.  Now, I love these particular trends so no complaining here but I am in love with the current obsession with glitter and glamour!  What I dig even more is the fusion of glitz and glam with rustic elements.  The trick is to execute this balance to perfection!  Start with traditional must haves slowly and strategically adding pops of unexpected color and sentimental components.  Finishing it all off with bits of sparkle and glam is a sure fire way to wow your guests and create the perfect back drop for your wedding day memories!

Here are some of my favorite picks!

Happy Planning!

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To Beard or Not To Beard?!

All this rain is causing me to go mad! I’m entering uncharted territory and discussing the sensitive topic of wedding day facial hair. Weather you know it or not, we are smack dab in the middle of the “lumbersexual” era. That was a weird word to type! Sort of an urban mountain man or a hipster with a perfectly groomed overgrown beard! Now, I have to admit that I am a little biased on this subject because my husband has quite the beard and while I was not impressed for a long time, it is starting to grow on me and I prefer it now! Facial hair has always been a no-no with brides as an option for their grooms to sport on wedding day. Well, lucky for those grooms that refuse to lose the manly beard, they don’t have to anymore!

Is facial hair appropriate for the wedding day especially bushy beards and mustaches? I say absolutely!! And I don’t say yes because I think that it is hot hot hot! I am a firm believer in letting your man be himself on your wedding day. It is no different than the advice that we give brides to look your best normal self as possible on wedding day. Meaning, if you usually wear your hair down, don’t opt for a tight updo. Rather, go for a full, wavy curl with maybe a beautiful hair clip or flower. Same goes for your groom. If he has had a beard or light facial hair since you have been dating, don’t make him shave his face bald for the big day. If I have learned anything in my eight years of marriage, it is that my husband’s personal style and facial hair is his manhood and the only thing he has full control over!

So, to beard or not to beard? That is the question…

Enjoy ladies and you’re welcome!

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Happy Planning!