Wacky World Of Wedding Traditions

Traditions, inspirations, ideas, and links from around the world

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Colorful Kente I Do's: I Do Ghana!

Kente cloth has its origin with the Ashanti Kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans.  Read more here

I Do Ghana! Amma Mama
I stumbled onto this great post, I Do Ghana! Couples in Ghana use Kente cloth in great abundance for their wedding day.  The patterns and colors of the cloth have a wide range of choices for each couple to choose from.  The result is that each wedding has a dynamic, colorful, result.  See more from this post here.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jewish Prayer Shawl Wedding Cake Topper

Jewish Prayer Shawl Wedding Cake Topper
The Tallit is an important spiritual cloth to the Jews.  Each stripe, fringe, and knot has a meaning.  For example [source: The Tallet: Spiritual Significance], The numerical value of the word tzitzit (fringes) is 600. Each of the fringes contains 8 threads and 5 knots, making a total of 613. This number corresponds to the 613 commandments contained in the TorahRead more..
In some traditional Jewish weddings, a couple is wrapped in a Prayer Shawl called a Tallit, when the Rabbi has blessed them.  The Tallit represents 613 commandments (WOW, people have a hard time remembering 10).  The Tallit symbolically protects the couple in spiritual strength of Judaism.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beautiful Fabric, But How Do You Clean It

Heavy Antique Vintage Saree, Indian Craft Shop Etsy

A Sari is a garment consisting of a (6 - 8 yards or more) length of cotton or silk elaborately draped around the body, traditionally worn by women from South Asia.  Which is why many brides from other cultures seek this beautiful fabric for their weddings.  After the design is chosen, the garment is made, worn on the big day......now how do you get that elaborately beaded, silk, garment cleaned.

New York Times writer, Vijai Singh, has found a cleaners in New Jersey, who will take on the job.....and it is a job.  Dry Clean World (856-232-7550) Samir Petal, owner faced with the job one too many times, made it his business to study and investigate how to take care of these delicate fabrics.  See more about Dry Clean World, A Cleaning Conundrum.

Dry Clean World
2 Shoppers Lane
Turnersville, NJ 08012

Monday, May 05, 2014

Shanghai Love Market

Parent always want the best spouse for their children and in Shanghai Peoples Park you can make a perfect match.  

Filmmaker Craig Rosenthal was living in Shanghai and wandered through the park.  Thinking it was some sort of job fair.....Read More about the making of Shanghai Love Market.

About a year later, Mr. Rosenthal, made a movie short with a karmic twist. 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day

Veterans are the men and woman who have served in armed service.  It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)  Hence the reason Veterans Day is celebrated November 11.
I knew I would find a slew of Military wedding videos (while searching on Vimeo).  I didn't expect to find this.  "A Soldiers Vow" (an Indonesian Special Armed Forces) begins with just that, a vow that an officer is telling his bride, what she should expect from him, aaaaaand she should expect a lot of heart ache.  Curious, but he also reveals he will be breaking his own heart too.  This is beautiful video not only documents this family's dedication to their traditions, but it also highlights their commitment to the Indonesian Armed Service.  The video is the work of AXIOO.  

"Paulus and Ella were joined as one, in an elaborate traditional Batak wedding ceremony. Aside from the rich cultural traditions, the best part of this military wedding is the customary "Pedang Pora". It is a symbol of respect from the lower rank officers of the corp to their Captain and the military way of saying congratulations and of releasing their superior into new journey in married life, and welcoming his bride into their family. The family of the Indonesian Special Armed Forces." 
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