Native Indians of Paraguay had a direct way of settling marital disputes. When two women had their eye on the same man with a mind to wed, they had to don gloves made of tapir skin and duke it out.
Gives new meaning to the phrase, with this ring.
Meanwhile in the Pacific Solomon Islands, any young woman who was promised to a chieftain could be kept in a cage for considerable periods until the big day.
Traditions are not always uncomfortable for the women. On the island of Borkum, on the River Ems in Germany, a man who was proving somewhat reluctant to commit to a relationship was trapped in his home by the young men of the village. They then blocked his chimney until the house was filled with smoke. They would then ask the man if he was engaged and if he spluttered a negative he was dragged three times round the village pond at the end of a rope.
Rice throwing, later confetti, supposedly came from an old Greek tradition of throwing sweets at the couple, somehow helping them to prosper. The ancient Romans used wheat. But in Indonesia’s Celebes Islands, if the groom was not pelted with rice, his soul would take wings at the end of the ceremony and never return.
In Glasgow this was banned after tinned rice was used.
Newly-weds fed each other uncooked rice in Malay weddings. No one knows if they swallowed a wet mobile phone beforehand.
The Lambadis people, at one time a nomadic people of northern India, don’t see marriage as a time of total celebration. The day after the wedding, the woman would stand on the back of a bullock weeping because she was leaving her family behind.
The bullock wasn’t bothered either way.
Meanwhile in the French Languedoc region, friends were prone to bursting into the bride and groom’s room on their wedding night and offer them soup – from a chamber pot.
Apparently, this would make them more – ahem – vigorous in their bridal duties and they would soon be blessed with healthy children.
Let’s hope they cleaned the pot out first.
But in Brittany, newly weds had to wait three nights – dedicated in turn to God, St Joseph and then the groom’s personal saint - before they could sleep together. On the fourth night all hell broke loose.
social media is everywhere — whether you’re tweeting about your weekend plans, Instagramming your lunch or Snapchatting your night out, it’s almost guaranteed that the majority of us use social media at least once a day. This being the case, wedding planning website UKbride.co.uk has put together a list of tips for being social media savvy on your wedding day — to ensure that both you and your guests can enjoy the celebrations without having to worry.
Set the Rules: It’s crucial that you’re clear on the social media rules for your big day from the get-go. If you want to instigate a no social media policy, let people know in advance and make sure you outline exactly what this means. Some brides might want a total ban on social media (so no sneakily glancing at your Facebook feed during the ‘I do’s’) whilst others will ask guests not to share any posts relating to the wedding. This might be because they’re having an intimate gathering or it could be so that they can unveil their wedding photos when they’re ready, without any being shared on social media beforehand.
Use a Hashtag: If you are happy to embrace social media on your wedding day, a great way to do so is to ask guests to use a certain hashtag that is personal to your wedding day. This works in the same way placing disposable cameras on the tables would – but instead you can see the pictures instantly, by following the hashtag. You could make a sign outlining what hashtag to use so that all of your guests are aware — or even let them know on your invitation! Hannah Vickers, Editor of UKbride.co.uk says: “Jumping on board the hashtag trend with your own personal wedding hashtag is a great way to create your own digital photo album with memories from the day, and it’s something more and more brides are implementing.”
Don’t Over-share: Even if you live and breathe all things social media, make sure you don’t over-share when it comes to the big day. Too many pictures or updates will spoil the element of surprise for those friends and family who failed to make it, and it will also make things like getting your photos back from the photographer a little less exciting. It’s great incorporating social media into your day, but make sure you keep things balanced.
Check the Wifi: It’s probably the last thing you want to think about when it comes to wedding planning, but if social media is important to you, it’s worth checking your venue offers free wifi or there is a good signal for 3G in the area. The last thing you want is to add the hashtag to your wedding invitations and signs only to find there is no Internet access when you’re having your wedding.
Don’t Be Glued to Your Phone: Nobody wants to be the bride who spent her wedding day constantly on her phone. Whilst you might want to upload the odd selfie, remember that you only get this day once and ultimately, the day is about you and your partner committing to each other.www.ukbride.co.uk
There are many traditions in relation to weddings
There’s the ring, of course – that simple band of gold (one ring to bind them, if you’re of a Tolkienesque frame of mind).
It was the Egyptians who first used a finger ornament as a love token. Originally made of leather or reeds twisted and melded into a ring, they symbolised eternity. Unfortunately, the materials used didn’t really live up to the symbolism, so artisans turned to longer lasting ivory and bone.
They say it was the Romans who gave us the notion of placing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand. They believed that a vein in that finger, the Vena Amoris (Vein of Love), led directly to the heart.
Christian marriages adopted that custom around the 9th Century but it may be because the priest would intone the word, ‘In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost’ as he tapped the thumb, forefinger and middle finger. When ‘Amen’ was said, the ring was placed on the third finger.
However, that finger is not the universal choice, as some countries place the ring on the right hand, or even the index finger.
The old–fashioned idea of the trousseau, which could mean the bride’s clothes and other possessions she needs for the big day and married life in general, has its roots in the old French trousse, which wasa small bundle filled with valuables given to the husband in the form of a dowry.
In the Balkans, there was a tradition that the trousseau would also include underwear for the groom which had been made by the bride.
The rest of the world thought that idea was a load of pants.
The Romans, and ancient Greeks, developed the idea of the wedding veil as a means of protecting the bride from having the evil eye cast on her by a jilted lover.
The Romans also gave us the tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold of her new home. The explanation of the practise stemmed from the practical (to ensure she didn’t on an unfamiliar entrance way) to the superstitious (to ensure she didn’t enter left foot first and incur the wrath of the gods).
Either way, osteopaths have thanked them ever since.
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Whatever your approach to your big day, rustic and romantic,festival themed, winter time there is a bridal accessory to match.
The right bridal hair accessories should make you feel special.
Don't be afraid to use colour and materials,for instance, beautiful crystals and gems can bring your bridal ensemble together.
A touch of gold from floral embellished hair combs to feathered gold headbands are perfect for the bride who wants to add that eye catching pop of colour to her bridal style. Make a statement, pick accessories to express your personality ,perhaps the embroided fabrics with beautiful intricate details.