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Alternative Wedding Traditions from Around the World

We all know the traditional white wedding; the cake, the crying mother, the flurry of confetti as couples leave for a romantic getaway. Yet, there are many wedding traditions from around the world which may surprise and intrigue the most seasoned of wedding-goers. Here are some wedding traditions to humble, inspire and fascinate. Samburu TribeMany African wedding traditions are male dominated. Men will often barter a price with the father of his wife-to-be with cattle and sellable goods. For ...

8 Ways To Create The Perfect Floral Wedding

We don’t really know if this is a new trend (although when it comes to weddings, most themes tend to be reoccurring) but there are an increasing amount of flower power designs entering into play. Of course, flowers are strongly associated with weddings but in terms of how we display them, we are becoming much more adventurous. So as we are now well into wedding season, the Bride Heaven HQ have gathered some of the top floral ideas to create the wedding of your dreams. We have just select ...

Celebrity Wedding Proposals: How the Stars Did It

The holiday seasons are always a popular time to pop the question, and with Valentine’s Day just gone,  it had us pondering about how the starts are doing it. From the extravagant 14,00ft glacier proposal we saw from Seal, to the casual ring-less proposal from Will Smith - we just love a good tale. So without further ado, here are our top 5 celebrity wedding proposals of all time:Kate Middleton and Prince William In the summer of 2011, the nation witnessed one of the most precious an ...

6 Wedding Don’ts to Avoid

A recent wedding ceremony has really got me thinking about wedding don’ts and how a few incidents can put a dampener on the big day. From an uncomfortable silence during the best man’s speech to last minute cancellations and a dodgy DJ, no amount of planning can predict what your guests may do. Here are 10 wedding don’ts to avoid on your big day to help you navigate through the wedding minefield. Don’t put all your eggs in one basketNo, I’m not talking about the groom! Although hi ...

Wedding Secrets – 5 Ways to Making the Most of Your Budget

Here are five top secret tips to financially surviving your wedding day Choose an Unusual Day 99% of brides would tell you that the venue is going to be the most expensive part of your wedding and they would not be wrong. However, there is a clever way to still have the venue of your dreams but at a much more affordable price. By simply picking an unusual day, like a Sunday or a Tuesday, you can often save up to half of the venue costs. To stretch it even further, surveys have shown ...

8 Wedding Superstitions and Traditions

Thousands of women plan their wedding down to a T, with every single detail addressed to perfection. So much so, they go to extreme lengths to avoid those superstitions to ensure absolutely nothing spoils their special day, and quite rightly too. When it comes to weddings everyone is allowed to be a little superstitious so for the very superstitious out there, here are eight top wedding traditions and superstitions you might want to avoid…1. The most common traditional superstition is the ...

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for 2013

Choosing where to go on honeymoon can often be a tough decision, especially whilst planning the big day, the honeymoon can often be forgotten about. There are so many beautiful places to visit in the world; you want to choose the most memorable place to celebrate your new marriage. A honeymoon should of course be romantic, but also suited to the interests of you and your marital partner. If you love exotic islands, hot weather and a fascinating surrounding then Thailand is a popular ch ...

Why not add the colours of Spring to your wedding?

Spring has sprung and as the season begins; flowers are starting to bloom, new life is springing afresh and the country seems to wake from its wintery slumber. With the land emerging from the washed out wintery weather to the gloriously colourful bursts of spring, it can be a real boost to mood and make you feel as fresh as a daisy! Spring can be a beautifully bright time and there are many brides who will be getting ready to tie the knot with the love of their lives. Why not add a spl ...

Greek Wedding Traditions

Greek culture has developed into many different sides, split by religion, history and geography. It is because of this you will find many different types of Greek wedding traditions – Greek Orthodox weddings, Greek Cypriot weddings, Ancient Greek weddings and several more. In this section you can find out the main Greek wedding traditions and their meanings and roots.   Greek Wedding Traditions – Proposal and Engagement In line with most European wedding traditions, the proposal i ...

A Guide to Beautiful Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are an integral part of a wedding's theme and the "mood" you want to set for your ceremony. After all, if the purpose were to solely inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an email or postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couple's love. Like the wedding ceremony itself, it must be beautiful and personal.Selecting the Wedding Invitation's DesignThere are thousands o ...

Why you need a wedding insurance

Don’t forget wedding insurance when you’re planning your wedding. The average cost of a wedding is now over £17,000*, so it really does make sense to get your wedding insurance as soon as you set a date, make bookings, and start paying deposits. Of course, you don’t have to spend that much to have a fantastic wedding. But even if you don’t, you’re still likely to buy the most expensive dress, outfits, or meal you’ll ever buy. So no matter what venu ...

Nigeria wedding dresses and traditions

Today the old traditional weddings are changing and are becoming more like the Western-style church weddings. This has more or less become norm in Nigeria today. Eventhough you are born and raised in Nigeria it is still likely to have a Western-style wedding when you are getting married. And the wedding is usually with a church ceremony with a white bride and a reception after the ceremony. The reason behind this can be the Nigerian Church and the missionaries who influenced the Church and the ...

Italian Wedding Traditions and Toast

An Overview of How Italians Celebrate Their Weddings Spreading a terrain not too much larger than UK, Italy comprises as numerous a culture and tradition as Mediterranean and European one can imagine, weddings included. So when we talk about Italian weddings, in today's cases they will be a sort of mix of prevailing traditions within the country. If we imagine being on a journey to Italy's regions and provinces, we will see and hear such richness in their wedding customs and may begin to deve ...

Italian Wedding Reception

The heart of any Italian wedding—north or south, east or west, and inland or island—is the reception. It is during a wedding reception Italians act their roots of relishing all meals served, which may amount up to 14 courses, loudly wishing the couple and homely socialising and talking about finer points of life such as which team will win the next weekend's football match, who are courting certain glitterati, and who will get a promotion at work. It's also a hardened custom for gues ...

Irish Wedding Traditions and toasts

An Overview of How Irish Celebrate Their Weddings Irish weddings are full of heritage some of which have become modern-day practices taken for granted. Some other are so distinctly Irish you can't mistake them for other traditions. Filled with superstitious beliefs, an Irish wedding will invoke high spirits among the participants. So let's get high...   Pre-wedding In the old days, after marriage proposal had been accepted, the bride's family would invite the groom to their house shortl ...

Irish Wedding Reception

The wedding organisers may opt for an old Irish custom of hiring a piper to accompany guests on their way to the reception hall. Ideally, the piper picks up the last tune played at the church and goes and changes the songs along the way to the reception venue; this way, the guests will be entertained with smooth melody from the ceremony to the reception. To make the piper's sound even smoother, there have been suggestions to use one of the traditional Irish Uilleann pipes instead of the more pop ...

BestTraditional Wedding Songs

Musically, your wedding is divided into at least four sections. The wedding music begins with the Prelude. During this time, guests are arriving and being ushered into their seats. When the Processional music begins, this bridal party will make their entrance. Ceremony music is played as the bride and groom are married. The Recessional music is played as the newlyweds are departing the wedding site. Hopefully these lists help you plan the perfect play list for you perfect wedding day. Tradition ...

Scottish Wedding Traditions and Toasts

An Overview of How Scottish Celebrate Their WeddingsA dig on Scottish and Celtic wedding traditions uncovers a continuum of customs and practical ceremonies dating as far back as the 13th century, and maybe earlier. Connecting medieval practices to present day celebrations is almost like putting together pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, or following a Scotland Yard detective story where revelation after revelation comes to picture. So, alert your eyes and ears, and let's pry centuries old wedding myst ...

Can I get married in England

Over half of all weddings in the UK are currently non-religious but it's totally up to you and your fiance and whether you have any religious convictions. Sit down with him and decide which type of ceremony is right for you. If you have any doubts, make appointments with the local registrar and your local minister and chat through the options.The legalities To be legally married in the UK you need to comply with the following:You and your fiance must be at least 16 years old (in England and ...

Religious ceremonies useful contact list

There was a time when a religious marriage ceremony was the automatic choice for just about every couple, but not any more. Think hard about whether the commitments involved in a religious ceremony are meaningful to you, or would you be doing it just for your parents? If you do have doubts, talk them through with your family, explaining that you feel that the marriage ceremony must reflect your own beliefs, whatever they may be. Get advice from your vicar or priest, who may be able to make thing ...

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