Most wedding cards we see have basic and contain an all-the-same-look appeal on them. Wedding cards are an integral part of a wedding ceremony. Keep in mind that they serve as a representation of your wedding. A distinct and unique wedding card design will create a more positive impression to your wedding and will make it more memorable. Since this event happens only once in a lifetime, you have to make the most of it.
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What Really Is a Wedding?
A wedding is one of the most momentous events in a person’s life. It is a mark of a life’s new chapter, a chapter where you already have someone to have and to hold through thick and thin. It is an event where we tend to get a bit more emotional. Witnessing other people’s weddings will lead us to tons of what ifs. Apart from being a sacred and heartwarming ceremony, let us get to know more about weddings. And why it is important for couples to get married.
Different Wedding Traditions from around the World
A wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, rings, symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.
Here we discuss the different wedding traditions across cultures.
Ethiopian Wedding Culture
The wedding ceremony starts with the groom’s side sending elders (shimagle) who then request a union between the both parties. The elders talk a dowry and clarify that the intended bride and groom are not relatives by checking their lineage a minimum of seven generations. After a dowry is agreed upon and it has been determined that there is no relationship between the intended bride and groom, the wedding is announced and the families begin preparations for a church/mosque ceremony and a mels/melsi ceremony. On the wedding day, the groom and groomsmen get ready at the groom’s house early in the morning and proceed to the bride’s parents house to begin the wedding ceremonies.
The Wedding Culture in the West
The Western custom of a bride wearing a white wedding dress came to symbolize purity, not virginity, in the Victorian era. Within the “white wedding” tradition, a white dress and veil are not considered appropriate for the second or subsequent wedding of a widow or divorcee. The specific conventions of Western weddings, largely from a Protestant and Catholic perspective, are discussed at a “white wedding.”
A wedding is often followed or accompanied by a wedding reception, which in some areas may be known as the wedding breakfast, at which an elaborate wedding cake is served. Western traditions include toasting the couple, the newlyweds having the first dance, and cutting the cake. A bride may throw her bouquet to the assembled group of all unmarried women in attendance, with folklore suggesting the person who catches it will be the next to wed. An equivalent event for men where the groom will throw the bride’s garter to the assembled unmarried men; the man who catches it is supposedly the next to wed.
German Wedding Culture
Mostly, it is the good friends who kidnap the bride. Here, the kidnappers go with her from bar to bar, and the best man of the bride (or her father) or the groom has to pay the bill every time. The kidnappers go to a certain place, such as a public building, and leave a few key points or clues to help for searching. The exemption may be associated with a task for the groom—for example, an artistic performance or wash the dishes for the next few weeks.
In Austria and Bavaria (preferably at country weddings), it is now customary to sing a cheeky song before the freeing of the bride. In Lower Austria, it is traditional for the masked men and the bride to go to the nearest coffee bar or pub to drink, sing, and to wait for the groom to come. In most areas of Austria, it is the best man—sometimes the groom or the bride’s father—who pays the price of the kidnappers.
Russian Wedding Culture
A traditional Russian wedding lasts for at least two days, and some weddings last for a week. All throughout the celebration, there is dancing, singing, long toasts, and food and drinks. The best man and maid of honor are called witnesses, or svideteli in Russian. The ceremony and the ring exchange takes place on the first day of the wedding.
Throughout the years, Russian weddings have adopted many western customs, including bridesmaids and flower girls. During the wedding feast, any of the guests can start chanting Gor’ko (“bitter”), which usually is supported by the rest of the guests. In this case, the bride and groom should kiss each other, and the kiss should last for as long as the chanting continues.
These are just some of the famous wedding customs globally. As you now know, each has their own respective wedding style or custom; nonetheless, it will all come down to one conclusion, and that is for the couples to live together forever despite future struggles or shortcomings.
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Peculiar Wedding Traditions across the Globe
You now have some idea as to what a wedding ceremony is like to other countries, but did you know that apart from different wedding styles or the usual and generic traditions—throwing bouquets, the couple’s first dance—there are also different, strange wedding customs that you might find bizarre and weird. Yes, you heard it right, strange wedding traditions worldwide.
Here are some of them:
- Weird and semi-grotesque gift. In Fiji, men have to find a really strange gift before they can ask for a woman’s hand in marriage, one best example is, presenting a whale’s tooth to a father-in-law before asking the hand of his beloved.
- An extreme and ultimate test! In Scotland, there is a particularly nasty prewedding tradition that involves the bride and groom being pelted with food rubbish, including rotten eggs and fish. The Scots believe that if a couple can withstand this, their marriage can endure anything.
- My fluffy Mauritanian wife-to-be. In Mauritania, a large, full-bodied wife is said to symbolize good luck and prosperity in a marriage. Unfortunately, Mauritian women are often being forced to eat to become fatter for their wedding, sometimes causing them endless illnesses and health problems down the line.
- What a unique way to marry a tree . . . yes, a tree! In some parts of India, it is believed that girls born during a certain astrological period are cursed and will cause an early death for their husband. The only way to break the curse is for the woman to first marry a tree and then have the tree cut down.
- A spoon of “hunger-no-more.” In Wales, it’s very common tradition for a man to gift his new lover with a carved wooden spoon, symbolizing that he will never allow her to go hungry.
- Need to go to a bathroom? You better think twice. In Borneo, one tribe does not allow newlyweds to leave their homes during their wedding day, not even to go to the bathroom. Like most odd traditions, it is said to bring the couple good luck.
- Talk about a liter of tears. For China’s Tujia people, the bride-to-be is actually required to begin crying for one hour a day for one month before a wedding. In fact, many of the women in the bride’s family are encouraged to cry as well.
- A doll bride for you. In Puerto Rico, a doll dressed as the bride is placed at the head of the table during the wedding reception, surrounded by charms and gifts. At the end of the reception, the guests receive these trinkets as a show of appreciation.
- The wife-carrying clash. Each year in Sonkarjävi, Finland, competitors come from all over the world to participate in a wife-carrying competition. Basically, it’s like a huge obstacle course that must be conquered with your spouse, girlfriend, or partner on your back. This competition brings new meaning to “carrying the load in the relationship.”
- Couples gone MIA. Don’t wait until the reception’s end to chat up a Venezuelan bride and groom—they could be long gone. It’s good luck for the newlyweds to sneak away before the party’s over without getting caught; it’s also good luck for whichever guests catches on that they’re gone.
Funny that some of these practices seem obviously weird, and surely, they are not the usual ones we see in certain weddings. These wedding presentations or customs are already part of their culture. It may be funny or unusual, but to them, it shows great devotion to a sacred wedding ceremony and showing true love to your significant other.
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Simple Wedding Invitation Card Steps
One of the very important and should-not-be-missed thing when planning a wedding is an invitation card. Though some prefer the easy way (templated ones!), there are still who prefer to make their own. If you opt for this path, you can follow the steps below for a simple DIY wedding invitation:
- Before anything else, arrange all needed materials and tools before starting. Make a large area enough for you to start working for your wedding invitations.
- Keep in mind that setting enough time in creating your invitations is a must. This will ensure the quality of the cards and this will also give you a chance of finishing it faster while you are still in the mood and in full energy.
- Make sure that you’ve selected the appropriate size for the card. This will also assure uniformity for the rest of the invitations you will be making.
- Create a rectangular template, or if you opt for a different size such as a circle or a square, you may do so. Use a very thick kind of cardboard when making the card. The purpose of it is that it can be drawn around again and again. Once done, cutting will be the next process.
- Create a drawing on the template size and use the heavy card as your canvas. After, make invitations as many as you can or as many as you need. You may also need to add extras, in case you need some for emergency purpose. Use scissors or precision cutting machine for a neat card cutting. Do the same for the feature piece.
- Create a design for the background. Before you start putting text and images to your invitation, you must first choose a background. If your invitation text is formal, consider having a general or standard layout. Informal text can match well with whimsical, fun background patterns or images.
- Fold the heavy card into two parts. It is to make a card into the desired shape.
- Select the image of your choice, make sure that it should match with your invitation’s theme. If you want to include pictures or images for your invitation, brainstorm a couple options. If you find it hard, or not so sure how to do it, seek help from an artistic/creative close friend or family member for their help and idea.
- Fold the heavy card in two sides to create a card shape.
- Paste the feature piece over the card. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Before proceeding with the next step, you may need to pencil in the exact placement of the feature piece in order to guarantee that it remains even on each card. The more cards that you produce, however, the more instinctive this will become.
- Allow the glue to dry completely on each card.
- Take the ribbon and cut a length enough for creating a small bow.
- Paste each bow onto the base of the feature piece of the card, in the middle position. This will be the front of your card. Allow them to dry.
- You can also consider putting other add-ons. Invitations these days can be amazingly detailed and have many additional pieces and stylistic elements outside of the invitation itself. Consider embellishing it, adding colorful ribbons or bows, using other cute and artistic decorative. If you want, you can also add glitters for a more stunning effect.
- Add the invitation text inside each card. It is also ideal to use a calligraphy pen (in case you have one), this will create a more sophisticated look to your invitation. Another way that you can do is to prepare a printed image and attach it to the inner side of each card. This is faster and you do not have to worry about making mistakes or keeping it straight.
Once done, you now have your very own invitation card, though it may seem like a hassle, this will allow you to showcase your creativity. But on the contrary, if you want an easier way, let the templates do the job for you. No need to look for one since we got them all right here. There are a lot of choices for you to select. All of them are download ready. Designs are catchy and outstanding. Check out these vintage wedding designs and chalkboard wedding layouts. Make your wedding more memorable, and download these wedding templates now.