Category Archives: cultural weddings
By Eden Gallery
I’ve written about Southern Wedding traditions before like the cake pull. However, there’s one very fun custom I haven’t shared with you yet. The Second Line! The jazzy song for this dance goes something like this:
The history of this event is linked with the Jazz Funeral which is a celebration of a person’s life and is the most fun anyone can have at a somber occasion. This tradition somehow evolved into a dance that is performed at more festive occasions such as weddings.
Usually near the end of the wedding the second line song begins. Then, the bride and the groom grab a particularly festive set of umbrellas. They begin their dance around the reception area and one by one the wedding guests join in. Usually guests are offered white handkerchiefs to swing in time to the music. Personalized or monogrammed cotton handkerchiefs make a great wedding favor. My friends Katy and Nick have let me borrow some of their wedding pictures so we can show you how it’s done down here!
The dance continues until the song ends. Apparently, if you perform the dance correctly you’ll be pregnant within the year! Just kidding! That is how it worked out for my friends though. Many thanks to Katy, Nick and their new addition Christine for sharing their New Orleans wedding with us!
Below I’ve created a small collection of items to help you in your search if you would like to incorporate this very fun custom into your own wedding!
Although the ethereal grace of white weddings in the West has always been a favorite adopted by many, it does not quite equal the passion & romance of marrying in red!
In ancient Rome, the first bridal veils were worn, and were usually an intense red flame-like color which shrouded their entire bodies, called a Flammeum. This early veil would also vary in fiery shades of yellow & orange among the ancient Greeks, but all were intended to protect the bride and the union from evil spirits. Here is an early Roman bride wearing her Flammeum veil:
Perhaps the most opulent of Red Weddings has to be those in both China & in India, who prize the color and believe it attracts happiness, luck & good fortune. In fact, the Indian bride traditionally wears a red dress & veil, but will also have red henna designs with hidden romantic messages or auspicious symbols for her husband to read during their wedding night painted all over her body. Instead of being carried over the threshold, the bride will partake in a ritual in which she dips her feet in red colored water and then walks barefoot through her new home – a custom symbolizing her new role as a married woman.
The Chinese bride will change three times into one red dress for the Tea Ceremony, another red dress for the actual Wedding Ceremony, and finally a third red dress for the Wedding
Reception. Some even have changes of gowns during the reception just for fun.
Inspired by these traditions here are some Red Hot creations by the Wed Eclectic team to set your wedding day ablaze!
“Adored” Veiled Headpiece by MataHari’sDaughter
Masquerade Masks for Two by Artisan Maskers
Personalized Monograms for Wedding invitations by WeddingMonograms
Red Feather Headdress with Roses & Silver Pheasant Feathers by LaCocoRouge
Paper Flower Bridal Bouquets by TheLittleRedButton
Red Sunflower Fascinator by MySmittenBoutique
Hand-painted Wine Glasses by PureBeautyArt
By MoonshineBaby of WedEclectic
By Isla Wong
(aka Kitty Kanzashi)
We often think veils as being the wedding headdress worn by the brides but it made me wonder, what do other countries and cultures (past and present) wear for their weddings?
Hindu Wedding – Mang Tikka
The mang tikka is the piece of jewellery that hangs on the forehead of a hindu bride. I can imagine some of these mang tikka can get very heavy but what a way to wear something as pretty as a mang tikka.
Vietnam – Khan Dong
Khan Dong is a coil of very stiff brocade fabric that is worn by the bride. It is worn just like a crown with your hairstyle poking through the middle so perfect for brides who are planning to wear a fancy hairbun. If you feel the men are left out, don’t worry, there is a version for them as well but it is not as big and fancy as the brides.
Japan – Wataboshi
The wataboshi can be a hood or a strip of white cloth which is supposed to hide the “horns of jealousy” until the couple is married. What these horns can be, I do not know but like the veil, it is very simple and chic.
Korean – Jokduri/Hwagwan (more elaborate jokduri) below is an example
Korean brides if they are wearing a traditional hanbok wedding dress will wear a Jokduri or Hwagwan. This is a crown that sits at the front of the head, I think the crown is held on by strings that are tied at the base of the head.
From what I have read the jokduri and hwagwan are very similar in shape except the hwagwan is decorated more heavily like the picture below.
Russian – Kokoshnik
This is something from the past and I wish it came back in wedding fashion. This headdress was once worn part of everywear for Russian women and of course weddings as well.
Tradition states that if you were a girl or unmarried lady you would wear one showing off your hair but once you were married, you would then wear a veil with it.
Chinese – Crown
I remember my mother telling me that when my great grandmother got married she wore a bridal crown but of course we don’t have any pictures of this and it was a long time ago.
Nowadays, most Chinese brides will only wear these at wedding photoshoots rather then at their actual weddings. However there has been a hanfu movement and some couples are wearing them for their wedding.
African – Gele
This one I would love to try my hands on because I am fascinated by how the fabric seems to defy gravity! And it is not just the bride who wears ones, this headdress is worn by all females and I think the rule is the bigger the better.
Every lady has their own way of styling their gele and if you hop onto YouTube, there are a lot of videos on how to tie a gele.
Do you have any other wedding headdress you would like to share with us?
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As a designer, to hear that your work has been featured somewhere; well, it’s the icing on the cake. Whether it’s traditional or non, exotic or more familiar, it doesn’t even matter; it’s simply delicious. And I love to share, so feast your eyes on this……
Maharani Weddings: Southern California Wedding Ceremony by Grand Design Photography
Rajeev and Shavreen
Her jewelry was made with stunning diamonds and rubies.
There are so many special touches for this wedding; every detail is custom and personalized.
And for my contribution…..
The memorial charm that dangles from her bouquet, in honor of her father, whom she lost 7 years ago.