Bridal traditions from around the world

Marriage is special no matter the country. However, different cultures have their own unique ways of preparing for and celebrating the happy couple’s nuptials. QUIZ, retailers of occasion dresses, tell us a few weird and wonderful wedding traditions from around the world.

Bridal traditions from around the world

Germany

Germany has a wealth of wedding traditions, with many of them starting before the big day even begins. For example, before a future bride-to-be is even engaged, she saves away pennies, which will then be used to purchase her wedding shoes. This tradition is said to help the happy couple get off on the right foot.

While other countries will simply pop their wedding invites in the post, it’s very different for couples in Germany. They send out a Hochzeitslader, a gentleman dressed in formal, fancy wear complete with ribbons and flowers, to hand-deliver their invitations. Guests accept the invitations by pinning a ribbon from the Hochzeitslader’s outfit onto his hat, before inviting him into their home for a drink. Depending on the guest list, this can take quite some time!

German couples must have a civil ceremony in their town registry office. Then, in the days following, a church ceremony can be held, although this isn’t required. Generally, few guests will attend the civil ceremony and the bride and groom will dress relatively simply.

If a church ceremony is to take place, it’s traditional for a Polterabend to take place a few days after the civil ceremony. Believing that negative spirits are attracted to brides, Polterabend takes place to scare them aware. On the night before the church ceremony, the bride and groom gather with their friends and family where they smash china and porcelain. The noise made is said to scare away the spirits, while illustrating that their marriage will never break. Glass is never broken, as this is believed to be bad luck.

Following the church service, some German newlyweds may saw logs. A log is set up on a sawhorses and the bride and groom must work together to saw through it, illustrating their teamwork. Instead of confetti, wedding guests throw grains of rice over the bride and groom, with legend being that each grain of rice that lands in the bride’s hair symbolises a future child!

At the reception, the bride’s veil is held up and the bride and groom dance underneath it. When the music stops, single women will tear pieces off the veil. The lady left with the biggest piece is said to be the next to marry. Alternatively, instead of ripping the veil, guests simply throw money into it while it is held up.

Spain

In a traditional Spanish wedding, things are done a little differently to the UK. For example, they don’t include bridesmaids, groomsmen, a maid of honour or best man, and the mother of the groom walks her son down the aisle. Likewise, there are no speeches and wedding rings are worn on the ring finger of the right hand.

Traditionally, the wedding dress and veil was actually made from black lace! However, modern times have seen more brides wearing a white lace dress and mantilla, a type of lace headdress. The mantilla is traditionally given by the mother of the bride, who will have it embroidered especially. The mantilla is worn with a peineta — a high comb.

Usually, traditional Spanish weddings will begin in the early evening and continue into the early hours. Often, the groom will present his bride with 13 gold coins, each blessed by a priest. This act is said to bring the couple good fortune and symbolise the groom’s commitment to support his bride.

Flowers are important to traditional weddings in Spain, with many choosing the orange blossom to symbolise purity. The bride will give a small flower corsage to her girlfriends. If a lady is single, she must wear her corsage upside down and if she loses it during the night, it’s believed that she will be next to be married!

China

The size of China as a country means traditions can vary from region to region, yet each has their own special meaning.

Tujia brides must cry for an hour a day every day for a month in the run-up to their wedding. After the first ten days, the bride’s mother joins her in crying daily before being joined by her grandmother. As the other women join in, it’s seen as an expression of their joy.

Brides from the country’s Yugar culture will be shot by their grooms with a bow and arrow (thankfully, the arrows are free from their arrowheads!). After shooting their bride three times, the arrows are broken, showing that the couple will always love each other.

When the bride is getting ready on the day of the wedding, a ‘good luck woman’ will help the bride do her hair. This woman is considered lucky if she has living parents, a spouse and children, and it is hoped she will pass on some of this good fortune to the bride.

The groom will collect the bride from her home, where he is greeted by the bride’s friends, who block his entry into the home (it’s all in good spirits). The groom is required to prove his love for his future wife through answering a series of questions about her or even by offering money in red envelopes to buy his way into the house.

Brides in northern China will traditionally wear a red dress or Qi Pao, embroidered with gold and silver detailing. In southern China, brides wear a two-piece outfit — a Qun Gua, Kwa or Cheongsam — featuring a gold phoenix or dragon detailing.

On the wedding night, the bride is given a half-cooked dumpling. This is a signifier of family prosperity, as the word raw is linked to child birth.

India

Indian weddings differ depending on the region that they’re taking place, therefore bridal traditions are different too. It’s not uncommon for Indian weddings to take place over several days — different to the couple’s one special day in other countries. 

Ahead of the wedding day, the bride partakes in a Mehendi ceremony. This is where family and friends gather to apply the beautifully intricate henna. Tradition says that the deepness of the colour of the henna determines the bond between husband and wife and how well the bride will get along with her mother-in-law. Hidden within the henna are the names of the happy couple and it’s often painted on the palms, hands, forearms and legs.

When it comes to the outfit of the big day, it again depends on where the bride was born. In some regions, the women will wear a saree (long drape) for her wedding and in others she wears a lehenga (a long skirt). It’s common for the bride to be dressed in red or another bright colour and her clothing is stitched with an outstanding design.

A key element in an Indian wedding is the walk around the fire. The marriage becomes official when the bride and groom walk around the fire four times as verses are chanted, and the couple is tied together. The husband and wife then race back to their seats, as the one who sits first is said to be the most dominant.

From Chinese brides getting shot by a bow and arrow, to being painted in delicate patterns, bridal traditions are very different depending on where you live. But, they’re all a celebration of love and happiness and are special in their own ways. Will you take any inspiration from these traditions for your special day?

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Finding our forever home

So we have done it, we have finally put an offer in on a house and it’s been accepted. I cannot begin to tell you how happy we are.

The house is in the village that we spend a lot of time in, the children go to school there and my Hubby spent a lot of time there as a children staying at it Grandparents house. It is his Grandparents house that we are buying from the family. Unfortunately we lost my Hubby’s beloved Grandmother at Christmas, and we miss her so much.

finding our forever home

The family knew that we wanted to move to the village, so they gave us the opportunity to buy the house from them before putting it on the market with an estate agent. It’s not always easy to negotiate with family, we had to make sure it was within our buying budget but also that they get a fair price for it.

In the end we settled on a fee and we are so happy to be moving forward with buying the house. We have dreamed about living in the village for a long time, and now it’s our time to live the village life dream.

Saving up the deposit

We saved up the 10% deposit that most mortgage lenders want, although there is a few out there now that will accept a 5% deposit. The different in monthly payments from having 5% – 10% really is quite a lot. When I was first looking it was around £250 per month, which is a lot of money to any family. Our main priority over the last few months has been saving up enough money to have that 10% deposit.

I then started to look at the costs of conveyancing, I thought it would be around £500 plus stamp duty costs, however I was fairly shocked to see it comes to nearer £1000 with all of the little costs for searching, bankruptcy checks and various other little bits and the VAT. Then the stamp duty is on top of that. Which means we need to find just over £2000 to cover the conveyancing and stamp duty costs. Luckily we have been saving hard so we have everything we need.

We have spoken to an online mortgage consultant, from a company called London and Country. I actually found them one Saturday afternoon while I was wondering who it was best to use for our Mortgage, and how much we could borrow. It was so easy you just pop all of your details in, wages, out goings, information about the children. Lots of different things so they can access your suitability for a mortgage and how much someone will lend you. I popped all of the details in and then I was rang back by a lovely lady called Sophie who went through some of the details with me and we discussed fixed mortgage options.

Choosing a mortgage

To start with we thought it might be an idea to go with a 3 year fixed mortgage, however after some discussion and the fact that we are looking to stay in the house forever. We have decided to go with a 5 year fixed mortgage, plus with Brexit looming we don’t know what is going to happen with interest rates and the housing market. So why not.

Sophie gave us a couple of different mortgage options, one with a slightly lower interest rate, however it came with a £999 fee, which was just not worth it. As over the 5 years we wouldn’t save that amount of money, and the monthly go outgoings were not that much different.

The HSBC mortgage is at 2.35% fixed over 5 years with a 10% deposit. Sophie explained the rest of the process. When we are ready to go ahead and make the application, we would only be waiting for 13 days to have an answer back from HSBC which lasts for 6 months. Plus it included the basic survey for the house, which is great as I think some mortgage companies charge for this as well.

Within 7 days we had our mortgage offer arrive, with no issues, no concerns on the property and no conditions on the mortgage. We couldn’t be happier that now we are now just a few weeks away to moving into our forever home.

Now to start planning the interior and to celebrate.

Outfit styling with Fashion World

I love clothes and shoes and bags and jewellery and just about everything else you can buy in online fashion stores. I do like to clothes shop on the high street, but sometimes I just do not have the time to go to the nearest city which is about 50 minutes away from home. So I turn to online fashion retailers.

I generally shop online when I need something for an occasion, it’s not often I have a browse through and buy lots of new things. As much as I would love to do this, I just do not have the time to spend hours looking for new clothes.

Fashion World on-line got in contact and challenged me to put together an outfit with only got in contact and challenged me to put together an outfit with only £100. I’m always up for a challenge and I love to shop so I thought why not.

My outfits from Fashion World

It took me hours to select items that I loved, that would then go with something else. I kept on adding trousers, jackets, t-shirt, dresses, boots, bags and jewellery to my shopping bag. Then removing them, then finding something else.

In the end I was able to put together two out fits for the £100 budget. I chose a two different dresses, pair of boots, a handbag and a belt.

I love dresses, it’s not often you will see me wearing jeans or trousers, in fact I don’t think I have one pair of trousers that are not jeans. I find that you can dress most of them up and down depending on what you are wearing them for.

The first dresses I picked was the Vero Moda Ally midi dress (on the left) is more and everyday dress, that I can wear in with flat shoes, one of my large tote bags and a scarf. Or I can dress it up with the heeled boots, the belt and the quilted bag, which I think would look lovely for a meal out with my Hubby or friends. I wore this dress out for lunch with my Hubby and his Aunty and Uncle yesterday, I had a few people comment about how pretty it is. One of my school Mum friends even asked for the link for it. 

All Images from Fashion World

The second dress Scarf Print Midi (Below) dress Is to me more of a evening out with friends style, I can see it in the cocktail bar while out with my girly friends drinking one to many cocktails. It will go perfectly with the belt, bag and boots. I love the pattern of this fabric, it also feels lovely to wear, if I didn’t want to wear it with the boots I have chosen, I could easily add a pair of heels.

Fashion World have a fabulous selection of different clothes to choose from, and the other thing I love is that they come in a wide range of sizes. The footwear is also available in a range of width fittings as well, which is perfect for me as I have wide feet.

I will be going back to Fashion World when I’m next shopping around for something nice to wear.

What do you think to my outfits?

 

*thank you Fashion World for sending me these items in exchange for this post.*