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  • Wedding Traditions in Different Cultures

    Your wedding day is likely to be the best day of your life, and it’s also going to be a very memorable occasion for the friends and family members in attendance. In order to make your wedding day very special for everybody, it requires careful planning and tons of inspiration! One way to find inspiration for your wedding day is to look at how weddings are celebrated in different cultures across the world. You can then pick the traditions that you think would work well for your wedding. There are many other websites that you can draw inspiration from for your wedding, including www.dreamwedding.com.

    Weddings in France

    France is known around the world as one of the most romantic countries, and the French certainly have some interesting traditions when it comes to weddings. While it’s definitely commonplace in many countries to throw things at the bride and groom (usually confetti), newlyweds in France can anticipate wheat, rice or coins as they leave the church. The ever-popular French wedding cake, consisting of cream puffs and sugar, is also a big hit in this country, so if you’re looking for something slightly different for your wedding, this might be something to look into!

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    Weddings in Estonia

    Estonia arguably holds some of the most interesting wedding traditions. On the way to the wedding, it is customary for the bride and groom to toss coins on each of the crossroads they pass. After the wedding reception, the food is not cleared, but rather is left over for any ghosts which may come along during the night. A further Estonian tradition states that any guest which has the misfortune of stepping in cow pat during the wedding will be automatically invited to the christening of the first child of the newly wed couple.

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    Weddings in China

    In China, the date of the wedding is set based on star signs and birthdays, which is supposed to bring good luck to the couple. On the wedding day, the bridesmaids have the task of setting tests for the groom to carry out in order to make sure he is worthy of the bride. Guests at outdoor wedding ceremonies are presented with parasols made of paper or silk painted fans in order to shield themselves from the sun. Traditional tea ceremonies are often held, where the bride will serve her parents and new parents-in-law as a sign of respect to them.

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    Weddings in Israel and Jewish Cultures

    Wedding receptions are held separately for the bride and groom in Judaism, giving their individual friends and family members the opportunity to offer blessings and goodwill. A set of conditions is drawn up by the bride, groom and parents which is to be signed by the couple. During this tradition, a plate is broken to symbolise an irreversible act (the couple’s engagement and marriage). Most Jewish weddings take place outdoors, and the bride will traditionally circle her groom seven times.

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    No matter which wedding traditions you choose to include in your ceremony, it is sure to be a fantastic day for all involved.

    Wedding Gifts – Top 5 Unique Ideas for your Wedding List

    Nowadays many couples have already been living together long before they even consider getting married, so the traditional wedding list, designed to help stock an empty house is becoming less and less popular. Married-couples-to-be are looking for ways to direct the generosity of their guests towards things that would be more useful to them in this day and age.

    With that in mind, take a look at our top 5 unique ideas for your wedding list

    1. Dream Honeymoon Fund

    Why not use your gift list to fund your dream honeymoon? With cash gift list services like Zankyou, you can customise your honeymoon fund down to the very smallest details. Your guests will take great pleasure from the fact that their contribution is specifically paying for your romantic meal in Cancún, a visit to Disneyland or snorkelling in the Caribbean.

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    You could even list different stages of a world tour if you and your partner are the adventurous kind. Allow your guests to fund your exploration of Europe or your journey to the Far East of Asia. Where do you want to go? The sky really is your limit!

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     2. Contribution towards your dream car

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    We’ve all witnessed the classic scene, just married and driving into the distance followed by a cluster of cans. What if you could drive away in your dream set of wheels completely funded by the guests who just showered you with rice and confetti? Now it’s so easy to crowd fund whatever you want. Doesn’t that beat a spare toaster and an overly expensive set of ‘his and her’ towels?

    3. Home Improvements

    So you may not need new saucepans or candlesticks, but there is always some type of home improvement that needs doing. Whether it’s getting that summer house that you’ve always wanted or perhaps your couch has seen better days, then a cash contribution from your guests will allow you to shape up your home exactly as you want.

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    4. Saving for the future

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    Whether you’re looking for a little extra money for a deposit on a new home, or perhaps you want to set up a pension plan, or even a college fund for your future children, there are many ways in which people want and need to plan for their futures financially. Perhaps paying off part of your mortgage is a huge weight off your mind? Then a cash gift from your guests can allow you to get one step closer to financial freedom.

    5. Charity Donation

    In this very materialistic world that we live in, it’s easy to get carried away adding items to your gift list that you really don’t need. Maybe you would prefer your guests to donate their contributions to a charity that’s close to your heart. Many people already donate every month to a charity of their choice, so a bulk payment from their guests with wedding favours thanking them for doing so, is a lovely and selfless way of doing it.

    Wedding Jewellery – How to Source an Ethical Engagement Ring

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    Can you really have gold without the guilt? Films such as Blood Diamond have done much to highlight the hidden costs of unethical jewellery. Whether it’s the poor working conditions and low pay of those employed in jewel and gold mining, or the environmental impact of sourcing raw materials, we’re right to be concerned about where our wedding jewellery comes from.

     The good news is that the global jewellery business is doing more than ever before to address these issues. So those of us looking for conflict free wedding jewellery now have a wider range of options. If you’re searching for an ethical engagement ring or wedding band for your partner, here are some thoughts to consider, and some tips to help you shop for beautiful jewellery, guilt-free……

     Diamond traceability

    When you’re looking for a diamond that you can trust, traceability is key. “Today’s jewellery industry is filled with reputable suppliers, however as discrepancies in the ‘Kimberly Process’ and similar schemes have emerged, so has the need for traceable and guaranteed conflict free jewellery,” says Gary Ingram, The Diamond Store’s Managing Director.

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    One way in which this is being addressed is through the emergence of Canadian Diamonds onto the UK jewellery market. All diamonds mined and cut in the Northwest Territories of Canada are laser inscribed with a unique identification number so that retailers can trace them from their very mining spot and assure they are conflict-free stones. Additionally, all Canadian diamond mines are overseen by the Canadian government, which ensures fair pay, safer working practices for miners, and the preservation of surrounding land and aquatic habitats. In short, these diamonds are not only spectacularly beautiful, they’re clean, green, and 100% traceable!

      %Wedding IdeasWedding Jewellery   How to Source an Ethical Engagement Ring The Diamond Store is one of the few UK retailers to sell Canadian Diamonds, and its Managing Director is encouraged by the effects that the rising popularity of Canadian diamonds is having on the industry as a whole. “With the arrival of Canadian Diamonds and fair trade initiatives on the UK jewellery market, we have seen a change in the industry with ethicality and social consciousness at its centre,” Ingram said.

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    Seashells and Surf – Planning the Perfect Beach Wedding

    The perfect day calls for the perfect venue, and for many couples, getting married against the backdrop of the ocean fits the bill. Today we have some advice from wedding photographer Alex Couvreur.  When he’s not covering nuptials, he’s giving his sage advice on them. He likes to post his articles on wedding, lifestyle and family blog sites, so who better to give advicde on plannng a beach wedding. Over to Alex….

    A beach wedding can be romantic and relaxed, making a special day even more unforgettable when you tie the knot amongst the seashells and the surf. Here is a guide to planning the perfect wedding from what to wear through to capturing your special day with some great photos.

    Dressed for a beach wedding

    Having chosen a stunning beach location as your venue for getting married, make sure that you dress for the occasion.

    Many girls dream of getting married in a beautiful flowing wedding dress but a full dress with a long train is hardly practical on the beach. Walking through the sand is never going to be easy so try to think about a much lighter outfit.

    If you really can’t dispense with a traditional style dress then make sure you get one that will flow a bit more easily amongst the sand dunes and not a dress that doesn’t allow you to relax and enjoy the setting that you have opted for.

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    Choose your accessories carefully

    Other practicalities that are worth thinking about for a beach wedding include making sure you ditch the veil. Beach locations often have a at least a breeze or a wind blowing through, which means that a veil will make photos more challenging, so instead go for some flowers or maybe a fascinator.

    Heels and sand don’t mix so choose some flat-sole sandals or a shoe that is not going to sink into the sand. Remember to have the dressed hemmed based on your shoe or shoeless option.

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    Natural setting

    When you get married in a church there is often some dressing up to do with flowers and decorations to make the venue seem colourful as well as special, whereas a beach location provides an amazing ocean backdrop so you shouldn’t need to fuss over flowers.

    A good tip for getting the look and feel that you want for your beach wedding is to select some local suppliers who understand a beach environment and can provide catering that is representative of local produce.

    If you are having a beach wedding then you are already confirming that this is not going to be a conventional wedding, so work with suppliers who not only understand your needs and wishes, but who also have the ability to think outside of the box and won’t turn up with chair covers that are more suited to a more formal ceremony.

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    Guest awareness & comfort

    Make sure that your invited guests are fully aware that your event is actually taking place on the sand and that they know what the dress code you chosen is, so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.

    You might also want to consider organising some welcome gift bags that include a travel-sized bottle of sunscreen, some bottled water to keep everyone hydrated, and possibly even a hand fan to keep cool whilst they enjoy your beach-based nuptials.

    Capture the moment

    An integral part of any wedding ceremony is capturing the moment with some special photos.

    Lighting is particularly important when it comes to taking great beach wedding pictures, so get the best of both worlds and try to arrange the wedding for about one hour before sunset. This time slot gives you the best opportunity to get some striking photos in natural lighting, followed by some dramatic and amazing sunset pictures shortly afterwards.

    Ensure you capture the moment, and if you don’t have any one, find a profession that can. Check out a few wedding gallery’s and contact a few for a quote. Many people have used Squint Photography in the past, so it might be worth a look.

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    Plan B

    Unfortunately you may not always be rewarded with flawless weather conditions for your beach wedding so you really need to have a plan B to make sure that the wedding can still go ahead on the sand.

    Try to ensure that you have a canopy or tent ready or a nearby venue where you can take shelter from the elements and not let the weather get the better of your special day.

    Any wedding takes a lot of planning to get it right on the day, but when you tie the knot against an ocean backdrop with the sun setting behind you, a beach wedding is hard to beat.

    Wedding Stationery – Classic Wedding Invitations

    Sometimes I love to find wedding inspiration from furhter afield. Bringing fresh ideas from around the globe, so today I am excited to present Classic Wedding Invitations new ranges of their laser cut invitations from their photoshoot with renowned Australian photographer Lilli Waters. The new photos beautifully showcase the delicate and unique work of Classic Wedding Invitations.

    Photographer Lilli Waters of I Got You Babe photography has captured the creative style and exceptional craftsmanship of Classic Wedding Invitations through these new stylised images.

    Classic Wedding Invitations prides itself on the intricate detailing and high quality materials that are used to create every invitation. The revolutionary laser cutting technology ensures that each invitation is produced with precision and beauty.

    Owner and designer Linda Vydra said, “We are so happy to be releasing these new photos, as they really show the endless possibilities that Classic Wedding Invitations can provide. They are also launching a digital fabric printing service which allows clients to print custom cushions, aprons and napkins for their wedding.”

    So let’s have a look at the new range and please let me know which is your favourite…..

    The acrylic wedding invitation is an Art deco design that is inspired by the Great Gatsby and the fashion from the 1920’s. It is an elegant invitation that is laser cut onto 3mm acrylic, which creates a unique invite.

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    The baroque lace wedding invitation is a delicate design that uses intricate laser cutting to create the beautiful design. It is a very elegant piece that would be suited to a classical wedding. The stylized photos uses pieces such as the beautiful vintage Lang engagement ring to represent the style.

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