“Syncharitíria” – Congratulations

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If you are attending a Greek wedding this bridal season, take a look at some traditions to expect below. 

Koumbara and Koumbaro: The koumbara (for a woman) and koumbaro (for a man) are similar to the maid of honor and best man, but more specifically, they’re sponsors of the wedding. There might be only one sponsor, and whomever that is, has highly symbolic responsibilities during the marriage ceremony. Traditionally, this person is also selected as the godparent for the couple’s first child.

Ring Exchange: The priest will bless the wedding rings during the ceremony, but before wearing them, the koumbara or koumbaro will pass the rings back and forth between the couple three times before placing them on their fingers, which is meant to symbolize their everlasting bond.

Stefana: The stefana is the focal point of the ceremony, symbolizing that the couple is now the king and queen of their castle. It also represents the official union of marriage. Similarly to the ring exchange, the stefana, or wedding crowns, are blessed by the priest and passed between the almost-newlyweds three times before being placed on their heads.

Jump ‘n Jive: The bride leads a raucous dance known as the kalamatiano, where the entire bridal party joins hands and skips in a circle (think Jewish weddings…without the chair). Guests also love the acrobatic tsamiko, where skilled dancers leap into the air, and the rowdy zebekiko, where dancers sequentially take shots of ouzo (a very potent Greek liquor) off of the floor.

Koufetta: Depending on how traditional a couple is, koufetta—fresh almonds with a sugar coating—will be present for some part of the wedding. They might be tossed onto the marital bed the day before the ceremony (along with money or other candies), eaten by the bridal party while they’re getting ready for the wedding or handed out as favors (aka bomboniere). The bittersweetness symbolizes the good and bad parts of any marriage, but the sugar coating is meant to balance it with happiness.

Money Gifting: There are several wedding activities that have been known to shower the couple with money. During the newlywed’s first dance, family members might pin money to their clothes or throw it onto the dance floor, or the groom can cut his tie at the end of the wedding and auction off the pieces. This tradition pops up every once in awhile, but these days it’s more common to give gifts from a registry or a card with money inside.

Cake: Classic Greek cakes are made up of thin layers of sponge cake with a sweet cream filling. But modern couples are opting for a flourless almond cake. Another customary treat is sourdough wedding bread, which is decorated with beads and blossoms.

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“Comhghairdeas ar do bhainis” – Congratulations on your wedding

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If you are attending an Irish wedding this bridal season, take a look at some Irish traditions below. 

The Claddagh Ring: Named after Claddagh, a fishing village in Galway (in Western Ireland), the Claddagh ring is handed down from mother to daughter and is used both as the betrothal and wedding ring. It is worn with the crowns facing inward, toward the wrist, on betrothal, and outward, toward the nail, upon marriage. Today, it is still used as a wedding ring and it is considered improper for a person to buy one for him or herself; it must be given as a gift.

Irish Wedding Superstitions: In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Irish believed that if the sun shone on the bride, it would bring good luck to the couple. It was also lucky to hear a cuckoo on the wedding morning or to see three magpies. After the wedding ceremony, it was important that a man and not a woman be the first to wish joy to the new bride.

Irish Wedding Toast: The wedding party gathers around the bride and groom. All fill their glasses with mead and the newly wedded couple recites an Irish toast: “Friends and relatives, so fond and dear, ’tis our greatest pleasure to have you here. When many years this day has passed, fondest memories will always last. So we drink a cup of Irish mead and ask God’s blessing in your hour of need.” The guests respond: “On this special day, our wish to you, the goodness of the old, the best of the new. God bless you both who drink this mead, may it always fill your every need.”

Irish Lace: While bridal fashions in Ireland resemble the rest of the Western world, one distinctly Irish touch is Irish lace. Try to incorporate this beautiful fabric into a gown or veil. If that’s too expensive, consider carrying a lace handkerchief in your bridal bag or hand them out as attendant gifts. Color scheme? Follow Irish heritage, of course, and go for green, white, and gold.

Bagpipes and Kilts: Lots of big Irish families have family members who are in pipe bands. So it’s not unusual for them to hook up at a wedding and pipe the couple into the mass or at dinner. Popular tunes are the “Highland Fling” and the “Stack of Barley,” as well as jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Not only do they sound good, they look good too. Most pipers wear Celtic kilts — plaid skirts that their ancestors wore in medieval times. The Irish weren’t allowed to wear them during British rule, so now it seems they slip them on for practically every special occasion, maybe in an effort to make up for lost time and to reclaim their stake in what is often regarded as a Scottish fashion statement.

Lord of the Dance: Show off on the dance floor with a ceilidh, a traditional Irish set dance. Consider signing up for pre-wedding lessons — for just you and your sweetie or for the whole bridal party. Keep in mind that some ceilidh dances are named for locations in Ireland such as the Kerry Set, the Seige of Ennis, while some waltz tunes include names such as “Galway Shawl”, or “Home to Mayo” — choose a song or dance to reflect your family’s heritage or ancestral home. Be sure to share the special significance of your dance with your guests.

An Irish Feast: The traditional Irish menu — Irish soda bread, corned beef, and cabbage — is perhaps not something you’d typically crave, but when cooked right and served up at a big wedding fete, it’s positively delicious (not to mention that it all gets washed down with plenty of whiskey and Guinness Stout). And don’t forget the traditional Irish wedding cake, a fruitcake filled with almonds, raisins, cherries, and spice and laced with brandy or bourbon.

Modern Swing on Things: You can incorporate these Irish wedding traditions into your wedding with just a few simple modifications. Instead of hiring a complete band of pipers, get one to play at certain points during the wedding — maybe outside the ceremony as people enter and leave. Instead of mead, drink your favorite champagne but recite an Irish toast. Use Claddagh rings for wedding bands, and be sure to take a look at some of the modern interpretations of the Claddagh. Also, don’t forget that one way to celebrate your love of all things Irish is to honeymoon in Ireland — it’s gorgeous, and oh-so-romantic.

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“Gratulationes ad sponsi et sponsae” – Congratulations to the bride and groom

We love mixing the art of culture with the love of weddings to create a beautiful one of a kind wedding day for you! Pure Platinum Party is proud to offer award winning entertainment, photography, videography and flower services for your wedding day.

If you are attending a Latin wedding this bridal season, take a look at some traditions to expect below. 

Venezuela: Often the bride and groom disappear during their wedding reception — good luck comes to whoever notices first, and good luck comes to the bride and groom if they don’t get caught.

Guatemala: After the ceremony, a reception is held at the groom’s home. The mother of the groom greets the couple as they enter and breaks a white bell filled with flour, rice, and grains to represent prosperity and abundance.

Chile: It is common for couples to wear their wedding rings before the wedding, but on their right hands. The rings are switched to the left hand during the ceremony.

Panama: The groom gives the bride 13 gold coins that have been blessed by a priest before the wedding. These represent Christ and his 12 apostles.

Costa Rica: The night before the wedding, the groom usually serenades his bride-to-be to show everyone in her neighborhood how he feels about her.

Mexico: Sometimes the bride carries two bouquets — one for herself, and one as an offering to the Virgin Mary in hopes that she will bless the marriage.

El Salvador: In El Salvador, Seven white cars escort the bride and her family to the church.

Colombia: Bachelors place their shoes under the bride’s dress at the wedding, then the groom chooses one from beneath the gown. Whoever’s shoe gets chosen is said to be the next person to get married.

Puerto Rico: A unique Puerto Rican tradition is the bridal doll. This doll is fashioned to look like the bride and is dressed similarly. Charms from the doll are taken off and given to the guests, who will often pin dollars onto the doll in exchange.

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“Evviva gli sposi!” – Long live the bride and groom!

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If you are attending an Italian wedding this bridal season, take a look at some of our favorite congratulations below. I am sure the newlyweds will be blown away by your amazing Italian words!

“Tanti auguri per una vita felice insieme!” – Many wishes for a happy life together!

“Evviva gli sposi!” – Long live the bride and groom!/General congrats!

“Tanta felicità” – Tons of happiness for your future!

“Ormai la frittata è fatta!” – No going back now! A playful congratulations used among friends/family

If you are interested in learning more about weddings in the Italian culture, view some traditions below!

Merry Maxims: It’s traditional to express best wishes to the bride and groom on their wedding day. Common Italian sayings include, “Evviva gli sposi,” meaning “Long live the bride and groom.” To express joy at the event, you might say, “Matrimonie vescovati sono destinati dal cielo,” meaning, “Marriages are made in heaven.” A similar sentiment, “Matrimoni e viscuvati, di lu celu su mannati,” translates to “Marriages and bishops are heaven sent.”

Wise Words:As in other parts of the world, it’s part of the Italian custom to wax philosophical at weddings. One piece of advice you may hear is, “Tra moglie e marito non mettere il dito,” meaning, “Don’t put a finger (meddle) between wife and husband.” To calm a sulky bride-to-be if her special day comes with raindrops, Italian parents will likely repeat the proverb, “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” — “Wet bride, happy bride.”

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Wedding Photography Ideas & Tips

Having a First Look: A lot of today’s couples choose to have a first look prior to their wedding ceremony so that they can see each other before walking down the aisle. Having a first look also allows for more time to capture your wedding formals so that you can make it into your cocktail hour to mingle with friends and family.

Having a Second Photographer: if you are looking to capture the action (bride walking down the aisle) and the reaction (groom seeing his bride walking down the aisle) a second photographer would be a great idea! Another time a second photographer is relevant is to capture the toasts and the guests expression to the toasts. If your bridal party is on the larger side (over 5 bridal party members a side) it will help with the flower of your formals. Lastly, if you are having more than 150 guests at your wedding we would highly recommend a second photographer.

Hair & Makeup: Make sure your hair and makeup is almost complete once your photographer arrived. Please let your hair/makeup professionals know your photographers start time so that they can schedule your hair/makeup time accordingly. We recommend having your hair/makeup started at least 45 minutes prior to the time your photographer will start.

Pre Ceremony Pictures: Make sure all bridal party members are aware of your photography start time so that they are not running late and miss out on pre ceremony formals. Also, make sure all family members you want to include in your pre ceremony pictures are at your pre ceremony location.

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