In order to talk about Destination Wedding and Luxury Wedding, today, it is important to know, to learn about different cultures and traditions, because many foreign couples decide to organize their luxury wedding and to get married in Italy. Even though they chose to move in Italy to celebrate their love story and to promise themselves eternal love, they do not renounce at their traditions, at their culture and typical rites. This is way; we all must now (especially us Wedding Planner) about rites and traditions of all over the world, in particular the ones that concern the wedding ceremony.
Every country of the world has its rites, traditions and customs, even for the wedding celebration. Some of these rites are extremely fascinating, peculiar and curious. Beautiful, colorful, deep, interesting, full of meanings and emotional nuptial ceremony.
Starting from our catholic rite, in this article we will see some of the most interesting passages of some different celebrations, in order to know more about exclusive wedding ceremonies of the world.
Important information in order to organize a perfect Destination Wedding and a luxury wedding ceremony.
The tradition of the Catholic rite, celebrated in the Church, wants the groom to wait at the altar with his witnesses for the bride to arrive.
The guests of the groom sit to the right and the ones of the brides to the left.
The bride arrives with her father (or with the closest male parent) and goes towards the altar were she is left to her future husband.
The bride, usually, is dressed in white with a veil that covers her face and that the future husband has to take off her once she arrives to the altar.
Once they arrive at the altar, the father will ideally leave her daughter to his future son in law, shaking his hand and he will sit in the front row, to the left.
The ritual takes place within the celebration of Mass, with four key moments:
- Renewal of baptismal promises
- Liturgy of marriage
- Blessing and delivery of the rings
- Blessing of the groom and the bride
The bride, at the moment of the rings exchange, will be the first one to give her hand.
Once they became and declared husband and wife, the guests can exit the Church and wait for them to throw rice and flowers petals.
On the Indian wedding day, where the ceremony will take place, a fire is lit under a large gazebo decorated with flowers. The groom arrives with his family and closest friends and is welcomed from the bride’s family.
The bride is usually dressed in red (auspicious color) or in green (fertility symbol).
During the ceremony, the bride and the grooms exchange flower wreaths, yogurt and honey, coconut, flowers petals and clarified butter.
The father of the bride, then, entrusts her daughter to the groom after the promise to assist the girl in the realization of the three sacred marriage purposes: moral duty, economic duty, and sexual and loving duty.
The couple, after having exchanged the rings, perform together seven steps around the sacred fire or along a path marked by seven mounds of rice, flowers and other symbols of prosperity and, at every step, they recite invocations and promises for their future married life .
At the end of this ritual, the groom and the bride are officially husband and wife and the groom puts a red powder on the bride’s forehead to symbolize her new status as a married woman.
One of the main characteristics of the Persian wedding ceremony is the wedding banquet, a very low and laid table whose preparation is particularly accurate, since it is believed to be a good omen for the couple’s life.
Generally the “banquet” is set up where the ceremony is held, facing east, where the sun is born. On the sofreh (banquet), covered with a traditional white cloth, there are:
- A large mirror in the center of the table to bring light and brightness to the future. When the bride arrives and takes of her veil, the first thing that the groom must see in the mirror is his future wife.
- Two candelabra on the sides of the mirror, representing fire and energy.
- A tray of spices, in particular 7 types of spices to protect from the evil eye.
- Bread like focaccia and feta cheese.
- Decorated eggs, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts that symbolize fertility.
- Pomegranates and apples for a joyful future.
- Rose water to perfume the air.
- Crystallized sugar, to sweeten the life of the bride.
- Gold coins: symbol of wealth and prosperity.
- A cup of honey consumed immediately after the ceremony to ensure sweetness in life. The bride and groom dip a finger in the cup of honey and feed each other.
- The Koran or other Holy Scriptures according to faith.
Moreover, during the ritual, there are two sugar and candied cones that are crumbled, during the ceremony, on the silk cloth held over the heads of the spouses by an unmarried female relative while a happily married relative grates sugar as a wish of a life full of sweetness. In a Persian wedding ceremony, music and the song that traditionally is played when the couple enters the room cannot be missing.
The Jewish rite is rich in symbolism, its function is engaging and rich in customs.
The bride’s dress is strictly white, the groom wears the typical kittel or a tallìt.
The officiant is a Rabbi and the ceremony will take place below the chuppah, a canopy consisting of a cloth and four poles, the cloth can be white or red with gold borders and also adorned with some element of the flower bouquet of bride.
The canopy symbolizes the future home of the couple. The first ones to arrive under the chuppàh are the rabbi, the groom, the male relatives and, in the end, the bride. The rabbi blesses a goblet of wine and pronounces a sermon to make the bride and groom drink from that same cup.
The exchange of the rings is not a Jewish use, but, before the reading, the groom will hand over, to the Rabbi, the ring he has purchased for the bride. A simple ring in yellow gold, characteristic of the beauty of a balanced marriage, which symbolizes the bond of eternal love that unites the couple and the protection that the bride will receive from her husband.
After the reading of the Rabbi, the spouses drink from the glass, which the groom places on the ground and brakes it by pounding it. This gesture recalls that no ceremony can be consider completely happy after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and the removal of the Jewish people from the Holy Land.