Cultural Colour

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In the global melting pot of today, there are lots of amazing traditions from many cultures. Ethnic inspired weddings are known for their glamour and glitz. For example, Indian style weddings incorporate jewels, bright colors and exotic fabrics. These accents are found in everything from the traditional bridal sari to the decor. There is no greater event in Indian culture than a wedding, and the extravagance of their celebration illustrates this. Indian couples that tie the knot in Canada usually adopt some Western traditions for their affair, for example, the wedding cake adapted from Western culture can now be found at many Indian celebrations. Indian fashion boasts an enormous selection of gorgeous accessories. If you’re having a Western wedding, 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 have wedding cake earrings, a custom that started in Venice. Handmade Italian glass beads use aventurine glass which contains copper filings to produce a sparking effect. Little flowers and icing swirls duplicate the appearance of the bride’s wedding cake.

Chinese weddings have numerous traditions to follow before, during and after the wedding. Hanging a red cloth over the bride and grooms front doors symbolizes a happy ceremony is happening in their family. The groom showers the brides’ family with gifts such as cakes, money and food. A Chinese tradition not done as often now is to place two coconuts and sprinkling white nuts called –œlin chi– over the couples’ new bed to symbolize good fortune.

Spanish brides like to have a flamenco flower in their hair, daring in colour to bring in a major focal point. The top tier of an Irish wedding cake should be an Irish whisky cake. During a traditional French wedding, the husband and wife drink to their toast from a specially engraved, double-handled goblet, which is usually passed down from generation to generation. At a German wedding, as the newlyweds leave the chapel they throw coins to the children watching. 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.

Why not let other cultures inspire you and add to the excitement of your day?