Pakistan avaIn some countries, traditions are stronger than in others, including wedding traditions. So, even in the 21st century, many couples choose to have a traditional wedding ceremony and follow centuries-old rules and customs. And that’s great because a traditional wedding can be truly spectacular and beautiful, and wedding photos are marvelous. But still, we’re living in the 2020s, so a lot of people have a dilemma – to have a traditional or modern Western-style wedding? How to combine old traditions and a contemporary lifestyle? Or how to combine traditions of two different cultures if the bride and groom are of different origins?

Native American avaIndigenous Native American tribes have a very spiritual and rich traditional culture. There is a number of customs and rituals used in various situations. If to talk about the traditional Native American wedding, a few rituals are the most common and favored by the locals. Of course, different tribes that lived in different conditions and on different territories had their own wedding traditions and ceremonies, but these two wedding rituals – the wedding vessel ritual and the wedding blanket ritual – occur in many indigenous Native American communities even today.

wedding videography avaPractically all married couples have at least one wedding photo. We’re all used to the fact that a wedding photographer is a must if you want to save your memories about the wedding. But what about a wedding videographer? This is a comparatively new trend and not everybody can figure out if they need to pay a few extra thousands for a wedding video when they are already going to have the photos. Let’s see what a wedding videographer can give you and whether you need one for your ceremony.

bridal crown avaWe’ve already published posts about Swedish and Norwegian traditional bridal crowns. Most often, they were gold, silver, or gold-plated and very intricately made. But what if a woman couldn’t afford such an expensive ceremonial jewelry item? Did she just go down the aisle without a crown? You would be surprised about how inventive and skilled were Swedish brides and what materials they used to create wedding crowns for their bridal attire. Glass, thread, metal, birch root, and even straw. And such bridal crowns were almost as elaborate as gold ones.

wedding guests avaMost couples care about their wedding guests and want to make the wedding day as comfortable to the guests as possible. Because we invite our most beloved and important people to share this happy day with them. So, what can you do to make your wedding day easier and comfier for your guests? Of course, you and your honey are the heroes of the wedding, but people who come to support you and celebrate with you also matter a lot. Here are a few significant things you can do for them, because happy guests create the best wedding atmosphere.

Ethiopian couple avaIn Ethiopia, there are some rather strict rules regarding marriage, and they are followed even these days. For example, a bride should be a virgin and the couple has to consummate their marriage within three days after the wedding. Ethiopians take marriage very seriously. They pay special attention to avoiding incest – specific research is made as far as 5 generations back to make sure the potential bride and groom have no blood relation. Not many countries take so serious measures to protect the healthiness of future generations.

19century wedding dress avaWedding dresses changed a lot throughout our history, let alone cultural differences between the traditional wedding outfits around the world. Even classic Western-style bridal gowns sometimes amaze us with their design and functionality. Today, we’d like to show you a wonderful wedding ensemble from the late 19th century. This is a great example of how you could alter your wedding attire in the 1800s with accessories and outerwear to get 3 slightly different looks created for day wear and evening wear. Modern brides also do similar things with their wedding dress instead of buying a few ensembles.

Stress avaAn average American couple hires about 13 vendors for their wedding. And sometimes, it’s a real problem to understand which vendor you can trust and which should be crossed out of the list long before booking them. There are certain tips and tricks that will help you to find out if a vendor is worth working with them. If you see one correspondence with your situation, just look closely at the vendor and analyze their behavior, but if there are several red flags, forget about this vendor altogether. By the way, even if you’ve already booked them and have problems working with them, it’s ok to fire a vendor – you deserve a perfect, stress-free wedding, you pay a lot for it, and you always have a choice.

Bride avaWe’ve already published a post about ceremonial towels being used as the bride’s belt at Ukrainian traditional weddings. This custom was rather popular in certain areas of several Slavic countries. A long and ornate traditional towel looks much more eye-catching than the usual belt. To prove that, we have another museum exhibit – Ukrainian bride’s folk costume that sports a hand-woven ceremonial towel instead of a belt. Note also the amount of jewelry on the bride’s neck – we can’t even count how many rows of necklaces there are!

Beautiful wedding avaPlanning your wedding can be harsh, especially if you know absolutely nothing about it and have no experience in organizing weddings. But we all want our wedding to be perfect, don’t we? So, either you do very, very serious research and spend a ton of time and effort to plan your wedding, or you can hire a professional wedding planner. Both options are fine, you just have to decide which of them suits your situation better. But if you choose to hire a wedding planner, he or she better be good and worth the money, which means you need to choose a professional planner very carefully. This material will help you make the right choice.