It’s really quite amazing and wonderful to see a return to people getting married again after a downslide over the past 30-40 years. It just goes to show that something so positive in the human spirit can never be made to go away, and the bringing together of two people to officially make a pledge of honour to stay with and respect each other is only something granted from a higher power. Modern society’s lifestyle with all of its ups and downs will never be able to quench the desire for two people to do what nature intended. And getting married has never been such a great thing to do, so why not do it in style?
And the very same goes for popping the big question beforehand. There are even companies such as The Proposers who can organise a totally unforgettable setting for asking someone’s hand in marriage. How about something like:
- Private romantic rooftop with string quartet
- Flash mob in Covent Garden
- Singing serenade at Tower Bridge
- Private room with romantic decor at The Shard
- Secret Notting Hill gardens
- Private picnic at Hyde Park bandstand
And lots more! Can you imagine the look on your partner’s face as reality kicks in? The very word “memorable” has never meant so much!
Different Wedding Traditions Worldwide
And should you believe that the typical white-dress, big party type of wedding is the standard around the world, you may just be in for a surprise. Wedding traditions can vary greatly from country to country, and what one may consider the norm where you live, can be deemed weird not that far away! Here are some:
Wedding traditions in beautiful Europe include the wearing of the colour green the night before the wedding for good luck in Italy, bachelor and bachelorette partying around town in Scotland, lengthy wedding meals that last until the next-day’s breakfast in Portugal, and elegant garlands and baskets of flowers taken to the bride and groom’s homes days before the ceremony in Holland. Bridal showers also originate from Holland.
And Further Overseas
In China, wedding traditions go back thousands of years and as other parts of Asia have been influenced by European influence, China still maintains a more traditional affair. The proposal there is a big event, and it is sometimes conducted in writing. There is also an old tradition of setting the marriage bed at a certain position the day before the wedding ceremony, preferably by couples who already have children, making it a good omen for the new bride and groom.
In India, wedding traditions are even more closely observed. The couple’s engagement is finalised by the parents and exchange wedding rings as a sign of commitment long before the l wedding occurs. In Morocco, wedding traditions involve partying that lasts for several days, to prepare the couple’s future home, and a henna party where women decorate hands and feet before helping the bride with a purifying bath.
Proposals and weddings have been with us for thousands of years and are here to stay!