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CULTURAL COLOUR

In the global melting pot of today, there are many amazing cultural traditions to explore. Ethnically inspired weddings are known for their glamour and glitz. For example, Indian-style weddings incorporate jewels, bright colours and exotic fabrics. These accents are found in everything – from the traditional bridal sari to the décor.

There is no greater event in Indian culture than a wedding and the extravagance of their celebrations illustrates this. Indian couples that tie the knot in Canada usually adopt some Western traditions for their celebration. For example, the wedding cake, a wedding essential in Western culture, can now be found at many Indian celebrations. Indian fashion boasts an enormous selection of gorgeous accessories. Even if you’re having a traditional Western wedding, Indian inspired accessories will add flare to your bridesmaid’s dresses, and finish off each ensemble with an exotic and unique edge. Fashions with bright oranges and turquoise offer the beauty of the traditional Indian look with a stylized Western edge.

Italians wear wedding cake earrings. This is a custom that started in Venice. The earrings are made from handmade Italian adventurine glass beads, which contain copper filings to produce a sparking effect, and feature little flowers and icing swirls to duplicate the appearance of the bride’s wedding cake.

Chinese weddings require that specific traditions be followed before, during and after the wedding. One of these traditions is hanging a red cloth over the bride and groom’s front doors to symbolize that a happy ceremony is happening in their family. The groom showers the brides’ family with gifts such as cakes, money and food. Another, less common Chinese tradition is to place two coconuts and white nuts called “lin chi” over the couples’ new bed to symbolize good fortune.

 

OTHER TRADITIONS:

  • Spanish brides like to wear a flamenco style flower in their It is usually daring in colour, and works as a major focal point.
  • Irish wedding cakes are topped off with a layer of whisky cake.
  • During a traditional French wedding, the husband and wife toast from a specially engraved, double-handled goblet, which is usually passed down from generation.
  • At a German wedding, the newlyweds throw coins to the children who are watching as they leave the chapel.
  • Portuguese couples still pass around the bride’s shoe during the reception and stuff it with money to help the young couple with their honeymoon.

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