Ah, marriage. The eternal bond between two lowers who have decided, their body and soul, to devote their lives to making each other happy and raising a family together. There are few things in the world that can mess with the sanctity of pure love’s embrace, and getting married truly is that final stepping stone towards a lifetime of happiness.
So how should you go on about planning the day of your lives? Are there certain customs and traditions you should follow so as not to offend family, god, or Gea? Here are some of the most interesting traditions from different cultures that might spark imagination in your heart.
Rich choice of food
Just stick to chicken, right, because everyone likes it and there’s less chance of someone having an allergic reaction? That’s one way to go about it. A proper wedding should have a multitude of choices to appeal to a wide range of taste palates and allow everyone to have a wonderful time.
First thing first, In Egypt it is customary for the bride’s family to cook for a whole week in order to let the couple relax in the days leading up to the ceremony, which is not a bad idea at all, especially considering that you will be doing the final taste tests at that time. So give yourself a break from cooking and let the family take care of it.
As for the ceremony itself, there are numerous cake choices and ideas you can borrow from other cultures. For instance, the centrepiece of a French wedding is a tower of puff pastry filled with cream called “croquembouche” made to look something like a pyramid covered in caramelised sugar.
Just across the la Manche, a British wedding would have you serve the world-renowned fruitcake as your main sweet of the day, or if you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, then a peculiar Vietnamese dessert called Banh Xu Xe might more suitable. Mind you, this is one is truly unique, as it is made from tapioca and mung beans, wrapped in a green banana leaf, and it is quite delicious, characterised by the mixture of sweet and salty nuances.
Picking the right venue
Nations across the world celebrate wedding days in different ways. For instance, the south of the US would prefer it if you had a big open-door ceremony in your backyard which you have decorated specifically for that purpose, while the more traditional European cultures would want you to have the ceremony in your local place of worship, depending on your religion.
Then there are, of course, the proper wedding venues that are specifically designed and decorated to serve as the perfect place to celebrate one of the life’s most joyous occasions. Australians are especially keen on celebrating the turn of the page in the book of life by finding a wonderful wedding venue in Sydney.
Finding a dedicated wedding venue is one of the best ways to organise a stress-free wedding easily, as these types of venues offer catering services along with numerous other advantages as well.
You might feel tempted to simply book a nice lounge jazz trio for your wedding and spend the day in style, and while that is always a good idea, you can also introduce some fun and variety into the ceremonial mix.
In Egyptian, Hindu and even Celtic weddings, the bride’s and groom’s hands are tied together to symbolise commitment, devotion and their sacred bond. The ceremonial dance is a must in any culture, whether you dance around in a circle, squeeze your beloved tight in an intimate slow dance or dance with everyone in the room for a few seconds each.
No matter how different or peculiar they may seem, all wedding ceremonies symbolise the joining of two hearts into a unity of love and happiness, and whatever your choice of food, song and dance or venue may be, this is bound to be the happiest day of your life. Until the baby comes, that is.