Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Armenian Marriages Traditions


The traditional Armenian wedding, or harsanik begins the night before the wedding and begins with the bridegroom's family and friends bringing over the bride's veil, Armenian cognac, and other gifts. The bride's shoes are traditionally stolen by a member of the wedding party, and the maid of honour and the best man must pay them to get it back. The bridesmaids are not married women, and they all sign the bride shoes before she gets them back. As those women get married, the bride will cross their names off from her shoe.

Her shoes are then placed on her feet by her brother or close male relative, and he places money in them for good luck.

Before the bride places her veil on her head, she will circle it around above the heads of the unmarried bridesmaids to bring them luck in finding a man. Then, a married woman will place the veil on the bride's head, to give her good luck for her marriage.

Traditional bridal wear for an Armenian woman would be a red silk gown and a gorgeous headdress. Often times, the bride and groom would wear gold or silver crowns and carry lit candles as they proceeded to the church on horseback. The bride wears an outer and inner veil, the inner veil is only removed after the ceremony in private with her husband. After the ceremony, two doves are released to symbolize the peace and love of their new relationship.

The godparents will hold a cross over the new couple's heads, and tie their wrists with a thread. Sometimes, the bride's mother would place a flat-bread on the bride's head, to show she is now the bread-maker.

A common Armenian toast for newly wed couples is "May you grow old on one pillow. Also, the couple may step over a flame to show they are purified, or they may break eggs or dishes, before entering their new home. Traditional dishes served at an Armenian wedding would include shish kebabs, rice pilaf, hummus, baba ganoush, or bourek, which is a delectable meat-filled pastry.

Source : videobabylon

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bangladesh Traditional Weddings




Bangladesh weddings are arranged by 'ghotoks', who are friends or family members of the couple. They help make both sides agree on any amount of settlement. There are five parts to a typical Bangladeshi wedding, beginning with the 'Mehendi Shondha', the applying of henna to the bride's body and to the bridesmaids' bodies as well. There is the bride's 'Gaye Holud' which is when the groom's family will come to the bride's home with the bride's dress, turmeric paste, sweets, henna, and two fish dressed as a couple! The guests will then spread the paste on the bride's face and body, to make her skin smooth but it also turns her skin yellow. The women will usually wear orange and seat the bride on a dais, then feed her all of the sweets one by one that were brought by the groom's family. At the groom's Gaye Holud guests will wear green, red, orange and yellow, and the bride's family will bring the groom's outfit, sweets, and turmeric paste. The guests apply the paste to the groom's body and give him sweets, and the bride's family will hold a large feast.

The Bengali wedding ceremony is called 'Beeya', and there are many different traditions to follow, such as playing a prank on the groom like stealing his shoe, and preventing the groom from entering the wedding venue until he pays a fee. The groom and bride are seated apart, and a person authorized by the government to perform the wedding, called a 'Kazi' (authorized person by the govt. to perform the wedding) along with a Wakil (witness) from both sides and the parents ask the bride if she consents to the marriage first, and then they ask the groom. The reception is called the 'Bou-Bhaat' is held by the groom's family. People relax and don't normally wear flashy clothes, it is a comfortable affair where everyone wishes the couple well and eats good food. Fresh fish, boiled rice, thick lentil soups, and delectable curries are among the traditional Bengali cuisine.

Source : videobabylon

Afghan Wedding Traditions



When you enter the marriage area at a traditional Afghan wedding, a line of women will stand on the right, and the men on the left. There are two decorated chairs awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom.

When they do arrive, usually a little later in the celebrations, the couple will stand under a decorated blanket, and the groom will look at his bride's face in a mirror and will read a prayer from the Quran, this is known as Aina Mosaf'. After, the shawl is lifted up and the couple feed each other 'maaledaa', an Afghan dessert. Then a song called the 'Ahesta Boro', which means 'walk slowly', is sung to signify the arrival of the bride and groom.

In Afghan culture, the bride and groom are considered the 'king and queen' of the night. This tradition arose from majesty Amanullah Khan during the wedding of his cousin, when he laid down his sword, knelt on the ground before the bride and groom, and declared that their night was truly respected, and they could make any demand they wanted, as king and queen of the night. The traditional Afghan spread of food is known as the sofrah, or the dastarkhān. It consists of kebab, rice dishes such as Chalow, Qaboli Palao, and Alou Balou Palao, and stuffed grape leaves, along with traditional breads like thick Naan bread or thin lavash bread. As well, for side dishes there would be torshi, which is pickled fruits and vegetables mixed with garlic, and sticky rice.

After the ceremony, and sometimes before also, the national dance of Afghanistan, the Attan, is performed by dancing in a circle. Also, after the meal the couple will walk over to the cake, and the wedding musician will play the traditional Afghan wedding song, 'Baada Baada Elahee Mubarak Baada - Man Dil Ba Tu Dada Am Tawakol Ba Khoda' meaning 'Congratulations I gave you my heart now I leave it to GOD.

Source : videobabylon

Canadian Military Weddings



Canadian military weddings are very dramatic, formal events. Formal military wear is permitted to be worn by both the bride and the groom, and members of the wedding party are allowed to wear swords in the church. After the wedding, it is customary for the serviceperson to walk under an arch of swords, which signifies safe passage for the couple into their new life. This tradition is usually involved for the wedding of a serviceperson, whether or not the wedding party is in uniform. This arch is formed by 3-4 pairs of fellow officers lined up, normally just outside the church, and is commanded by one person. At the command of, Form Arch, the sword is brought to a position known as the recover position, then after a regulation pause, they extend their right arms upward at a 45-degree angle. The wrist is then rotated 270 counter-clockwise, and into the final position with the edge of the blade facing up and the back of the sword facing down. Once the couple has passed under, the command Attention is given, and the movements are repeated in reverse. (The exact instructions can be located in the Canadian Forces Manual of Drill and Ceremonial). The bridesmaids do not follow under the arch, but they leave the church two by two. Navy ceremonies usually use an arch of swords, whil Army ceremonies tend to use sabers.

The groom and bride are permitted to cut the cake with a sword as well. As the bride and groom pass by it is respectable for the wedding party to stand at attention, civilian or not. Outside, it is customary for their to be a gun limber for the bride and groom to ride on from their military wedding, to their reception. Red and white are patriotic Canadian colours, and should be considered when decorating your traditional Canadian military wedding event! Also, consider a camouflage theme as well.

The Military Wedding

35. A military wedding is simply military participation in a religious or civil marriage ceremony. There is no set procedure and the couple must decide upon the degree of military participation they wish. Although permission to
marry is no longer required, it is good etiquette to inform the commanding officer of an impending marriage.

36. Dress. Serving personnel may choose to wear uniforms. For a daytime ceremony, the wedding party usually wears full service dress with or without swords. For evening weddings or receptions, the wedding party may choose to wear either service dress or mess dress. The bride and groom may also choose to have guests wear uniform, in which case the invitation should clearly state the dress.

37 .Swords. Only those who may wear swords as part of their uniform should do so. Swords may be worn throughout the ceremony or only for an arch of swords. Drawn swords are not permitted inside a Christian institution and the traditions for other religions should be determined in advance and respected. An arch of swords is often formed at the church entrance as a special honor at the end of the ceremony. Although the drill manual indicates an edge downward position, it is customary to twist the wrist so the blade is flat with the edge away from the couple. Other military guests may line the church exit and bestow courtesy salutes.

38.Transportation. With the approval of the Commanding Officer, units sometimes provide special transportation for the couple after the ceremony.

Source : videobabylon

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Egyptian Wedding Traditions




Egyptian culture is alive with vibrance and taste far surpassed from many other cultures. They have many ancient traditions and their ancient religion has not been lost on the elaborate planning dedicated to any wedding party. Beautiful sculpture, ancient stories of magic, and amazing designs accompany and y traditional Egyptian wedding. The ancient Egyptians were actually the first people who stated marriage laws in the world! They regarded marriage as a civil, and legal relationship. Marriage in ancient Egypt was considered a religious imposition as well as a romantic endeavour. The ancient Egyptian laws organized the relationship between married couples, as well as indicating all rights and duties for the couples. Many of the ancient marriage contracts have been found, and they were registered and signed by three officers, as was the law in long-ago times. The ancient Egyptian laws gave the right of divorce to women as well as men, making marriage a choice for both patrons, equal to start as well as to finish.

The wife in a traditional Egyptian household was respected greatly, and she had high prestige. Also, the couple had a lot of chances to get to know each other before the engagement; for example, in the temples or at the common feasts. There was a custom in the Egyptian family which allowed the adult daughter to welcome the guests who came to visit her parents. The ancient Egyptians knew of the engagement before getting married, and its customs were similar to the engagement customs known recently in Egypt. The bride, or fiancee wore the engagement dress which was simpler than the wedding dress. Its color was blue or pink. The groom would put on the finger of his fiancee a ring; the ancient Egyptians believed it was a gift to the old world as well as the new,which was a symbol of immortality. In addition, the groom gave his fiancee the valuable jewelry gift they and their families had agreed on before. During the party, the attendants ate and drank many traditional Egyptian wedding foods. When the house of the new family became ready, the two families arranged the appropriate people for the wedding party. The night before wedding day, the relatives, the friends and the neighbors got together to celebrate "the Henna Night". The women went to the bride's house, while the men went to the groom's house.

At the bride's house the women danced and sang all night while the bride wore a pink dress made with silk or cotton fibers, and her hands and feet were bleached with henna. Meanwhile, the men danced and sang all night at the groom's house, and the groom wear an expensive clean suit. The next day, the marriage contract was signed and registered by priest in the temple in the attendance of the couple and most of their families and friends. Following this, the traditional Egyptian wedding ensured that happiness was present on both sides. Both the man and woman had to be happy or the marriage would not work. Planning a traditional Egyptian wedding is hard. That's why Babylon can arrange all the stressful things to be taken care of, even the wedding entertainment can be arranged to be a traditional Egyptian band, or any music you like!

Source : videobabylon

Albanian Wedding Wedding and Traditions



Customarily, the wedding union between a man and his bride in Albania is set by parents, a liaison or matchmaker. The celebrations will often start seven days before the actual ceremony marking a week long event known as jav' e nuses. Often a rite marking the couple's engagement is observered among the members of the bride and groom's families.

At the engagement the bride is handed a gold coin as a sign of the agreement. A party is held at the bride's home and she, that is the bride, is showered with presents and sugar covered almonds known as 'kufeta', which are also eaten and presented to the bride. Drinks are almost always present. Then a second festivity is held by the groom's relatives. True traditionalists will require the groom's family pay a dowry as homage to the bride's parents.

As stated, the wedding arrangements come into full swing a week before the nuptials themselves. Throughout this period, food is prepared - chiefly chickpea bread (buke me qiqra), as relatives, friends and well wishers visit both the groom's and bride's respective homes to congratulate them. The presents that are handed to the groom and the bride's trousseau are exposed in display at their respective homes together with their wedding gear. Relatives from the man's family will then proceed to the home of the bride's parents to request for her presence at the celebrations, carrying along with them wine, blossoms and a platter of ice, sweets, money all topped up with a cake.

The Albanian bride-groom will proceed to request for the presence of the godfather known as 'kumbare' and his best man or 'vellam'. This period of merriment is filled with great feasting and entertainment. Late into the
night, at just about midnight, the couple getting married, together with their relatives and comrades, walks off in reverse bearings to three different water sources to fill two urns. Money in form of coins is tossed into the air at every juncture during the procession.

On the day of the wedding, the bride is fully clad, given a mouthful of wine by her parents with their blessings. The rest of her relatives present her with cash. The best man comes with the bride's shoes, crammed with rice and candied almonds, all enfolded in a silk bandanna in the escort of rejoicing and jubilating women folk. He then slips the shoes onto the bride's feet and gives a token of cash to the person that dressed her. After which he tosses more coins and the people scramble for the money. The family of the groom will then escort the bride to the observance. After the formal procedures a reception is prepared with lots of food and drink.

The next day, the bride is paid a visit by her relatives that come with sweets, this is followed by a visit from friends seven days later known as 'te pare'. After several weeks have elapsed the bride's dowry is put on exhibition and the bride hands over gifts to her relatives on her husband's side. This will mark the end of the formalities once the couple is sent off with blessings to begin their new life together.

Source : videobabylon

Austrian Wedding Customs and Traditions



Proposal

In the past when the marriage proposal was a more formal procedure, the prospective groom sent his friend or members of the family to represent his interests to the prospective bride and her family. If the saw a blind man, a monk or a pregnant woman it was thought that the marriage would be doomed if they continued their journey as these sights were thought to be bad omens.

If, however, they saw goats, pigeons or wolves these were good omens which would bring good fortune to the marriage.

Surnames

It was thought unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers. The sentiment was summarised in the following rhyme:

“To change the name and not the letter, is to change the worst and not the better.”

The bride should not practise writing her new name before the wedding. This is thought to bring bad luck by tempting fate.

Choosing the day

Although most weddings take place on a Saturday it was considered unlucky in the past. Fridays were also considered unlucky particularly Friday the 13th. The famous old rhyme advises a wedding in the first half of the week:

“Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.”

The wedding dress

It is thought unlucky for the bride to make her own wedding dress. It is also unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before until she arrives the ceremony.

The bride should not wear her entire outfit before the wedding day. Some brides leave a final stitch on the dress undone until it is time to leave for the ceremony when the outfit is completed.

The veil

Traditionally, brides have been thought to be particularly vulnerable to evil spirits and many of the customs and traditions associated with weddings are to provide protection.

Flowers

A combination of red and white flowers is avoided by the superstitious because they stand for blood and bandages.

The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also occurs in the bride’s bouquet. This is a vestige of the time when a knight would wear his lady’s colour to display his love.

On the way the wedding

When the bride is ready to leave the hose for the wedding ceremony a last look in the mirror will bring her good luck. However returning to the mirror once she has began her journey will result in bad luck.

Seeing a chimney sweep on the way to a wedding is thought to bring good luck and it is still possible to hire one to attend wedding ceremonies. Other good luck omens when seen on the way to the ceremony include spiders, black cats and rainbows.

Bad weather on the way to the wedding is thought to be an omen of an unhappy marriage, although in some cultures rain is considered a good omen. Cloudy skies and wind are believed to cause stormy marriages, snow on the other hand is associated with fertility and wealth.

Bridesmaid

Bridesmaids were dressed in a similar way to the bride. The bridesmaids were thought to act as decoys to confuse evil spirits and thus protect the bride.

The couple’s first purchase

It is said that the first partner who buys a new item after the wedding will be the dominant one in the relationship. Many brides ensure that they make the first purchase by arranging to buy a small item such as a pin from a bridesmaid immediately after the ceremony.

Source : worldweddingtraditions

German Wedding Traditions




Before the German Wedding Day

According to German wedding tradition, when a baby girl is born in Germany, several trees are planted in honor of her birth. When her wedding date is set, the trees are sold, and the money is used for her dowry.

A unique German pre-wedding custom is the creation of a wedding newspaper by the friends and family of the bride and groom. This newspaper, or booklet, is filled with pictures, articles and stories of the engaged couple. The newspaper is sold at the wedding reception, to assist with the expenses of the honeymoon.

German Marriage Celebrations

A traditional wedding day, in Germany, could actually last three days. First, German couples who are getting married must have a civil ceremony at the city center, which only family and close friends attend.

The next night is the big wedding party. The bride and groom invite all of their friends, neighbors and acquaintances.German wedding tradition says 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.

Religious Marriage Ceremonies in Germany

On the third day, the German religious wedding ceremony takes place. German brides do not have traditional wedding attendants except for flower girls.

Sometime during the vows, when the couple are on their knees, the groom might kneel on his brides wedding dress to show who will be 'wearing the pants' in the relationship. When they stand, the bride might step on her groom's foot to show otherwise.

As the newlyweds leave the wedding chappel, they throw coins to the children watching.

A wedding reception follows the religious service.. 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.

Source : worldweddingtraditions

Monday, March 22, 2010

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Red Prom dress design




Ball gowns and long flowing formal dresses are the hot trend for the winter formal season. The styles for this year's winter formals, balls, pageants, and proms feature long classic formal dresses in solids and prints. Red Prom dress usually a used for holiday party or a bat mitzvah or affordable bridesmaid dresses for your wedding.

Tips for Choosing Wedding Hairstyles


Your wedding is the one day in your life that you will want to look really wonderful. In order to look your best on this special day, it is important for you to choose the right bridal hairstyle. Many brides make this out to be more difficult than it needs to be. One or more of these tips will assist you in finding the perfect wedding hairstyle.

Tips for Choosing Wedding Hairstyles

1. Hair Color: If you want a different hair color for your wedding, it is a good idea to test it a month or more before. This will give you enough time to decide if you like it and, in some cases, find a new hair color to wear on your wedding day.

2. Updo or Down Do? – Be sure to decide if you want an updo or down do first. After you have decided, choose several different options that you may want to consider. It’s a good idea to try them out before the actual wedding day.

3. Stick to Your Hair Type: It is a good idea to stick to your hair type. For example, if you have naturally curly hair, you probably would not want to choose a hairstyle that is meant for people with very straight hair. If you decide to do this, it is always good to have a backup plan on hand. You never know when your hair might not want to work with the stylist.

4. Don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary. Although you will want to stick with something that will work on your hair type, you may want to wear an elegant updo hairstyle on your wedding day if you frequently wear your hair down or vice versa. It is meant to be a special day and you will want to look special on it.

Source : easy-hairstyles
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