We are back with guest post #2 from Kate Linde Bridal. Last week Kate talked to us about how to select your dream wedding dress, and this week she will tell us about some gorgeous details that occur in weddings outside of the US ~ and how you could incorporate them into your own wedding!
Global Wedding Touches for the Jet-Setting Bride
Today’s bride has unprecedented access to the world around her, a world that is becoming a smaller place thanks to ease of travel and the internet. The internationally-minded, jet-setting bride, therefore, has unlimited opportunities to incorporate the best of all cultures, be it a gown from a clever Eastern European designer or a recipe from an ancestral home. Here are some global touches that you can incorporate into your nuptials!
When it comes to edible pleasures, brides cast the net far and wide for the best ideas from all lands. Colorful French Macarons are one of the most popular delicacies today. Traditional fruit cake, featured at Will and Kate’s royal wedding, is seeing a comeback. Delicate Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies and towering French Croquembouche complement or even replace wedding cakes, and the Mediterranean tradition of vast cookie displays to which every guest contributes capture the spirit of love and community that are so meaningful on a wedding day.
More brides are incorporating cross-cultural wedding party assemblies today than ever before. For example, in the UK, the wedding party, including the bridesmaids and flower girls, wear white and often there are only children in the wedding party. Greek weddings have given us alternate roles for kids: some now act as Bible, Cross, Crown or Gift Bearers, adding to their significance in the ceremony.
You won’t just hear Canon in D or “Here Comes the Bride” on an organ anymore. Brides may follow traditional bagpipes down the aisle at Scottish-inspired weddings. In Russian weddings, couples may choose a “Gypsy violin” or other traditional instrument to provide musical inspiration.
[image via PW Photography]
Couples are borrowing elements from many cultures to make their own days more meaningful. Henna artists are establishing themselves in and out of the Indian wedding community as they are sought out to decorate the hands and feet of adventurous brides. You don’t have to be Jewish today to have a beautiful wedding contract, or Ketubah, artistically lettered just for you. You might even emulate the Celtic tradition of hand-fasting which originally inspired the phrase “tying the knot” to your own celebration.
And last, but certainly not least, we can’t help but turn our attention to bridal fashion. Consider embracing a bridal gown designer that reflects your heritage or accenting the look with such global touches as a Spanish Mantilla veil or a Fleur de Lis pin tucked into your gown.
When it comes to the jet-setting bride, there are no geographical limits. Examine what will make your wedding meaningful to you, and derive inspiration from all corners of this beautiful world!
Kate Linde Bridal connects Eastern European designers with style savvy American brides, as a wholesale distributor of ready-to-wear wedding gowns. Gowns from each collection are hand- made to order and boast a corset-style design that flatters most shapes and sizes. For more information, please visit http://www.katelinde.com/.