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4 Tips for Making Place Cards

4 Tips for Making Place Cards

Contents

– Tip 1: Make place cards to place next to the plate

– Tip 2: Make place cards to put on the plate

– Tip 3: Make place cards to attach to glasses

– Tip 4: Make place cards to attach or place on cutlery

Place cards are a great way to track where each guest is seated for a lunch or dinner party of at least 6-8 people. A simple cardboard box folded in half can be sufficient. However, here are a few ideas to make more unique place cards that your guests may enjoy keeping as a souvenir of a festive or convivial moment.

Tip 1: Make place cards to place next to the plate

Traditionally, place cards are placed next to the plate. It is also the formula that lends itself to a maximum of possible variations.

– Bouquet bookmark:

◦ Attach a tag with the guest’s name to a mini-bouquet of fresh flowers or lavender.

◦ Your tags can adopt a variety of shapes: rectangular, round or free form (star, heart, butterfly, tree…).

– Bookmark bundle:

◦ Tie a small bundle of twigs or cinnamon sticks with a brass wire, and attach a tag.

◦ Or use just 2 twigs or 2 cinnamon sticks; insert the tag between them and hold it together with two glue dots or a bit of brass wire.

– Fruit bookmark:

◦ Glue a tag onto a toothpick.

◦ Prick the whole thing into a red apple or tangerine.

– Pinecone bookmark:

◦ Vertically saw a pine cone about a third of the way up.

◦ Insert a tag into it.

– Bookmark cap:

◦ Cut a slit in a cork; insert a tag.

◦ Cut a cork in half across its height and poke a toothpick into it with a label glued on.

– Easter place card:

◦ Fill an egg cup with foam.

◦ Stick a toothpick in it with a label glued on it.

Tip 2: Make place cards to put on the plate

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You can also place many of the place cards next to the plate on the plate for a change. Here are some other ideas as well:

– Prepare a name tag with the guest’s name. Make two slits above and below the name using a cutter, and slip in a fresh flower stem.

– Prepare a name tag for the guest. With a cutter, make two slits to the right and left of the name and insert a piece of wide ribbon with the ends cut into a pennant.

– With a piece of string, attach a pretty tag to a boxwood branch or fir.

– Open a walnut and hollow it out. Close it with glue dots after having slipped the end of a rectangular tag into it, the tip of which you will have cut into a pennant.

Tip 3: Make place cards to attach to glasses

You can also use glasses to make unusual place cards:

– Cut out a star, heart or simply rectangular label. Cut a slit in the glass to slide the label onto the base of a stemmed glass.

– Cut a star, heart, or cloud tag and tie it with a thin ribbon around the base of a glass.

– Cut a label in the shape of a pennant, a star, a heart… Glue it to a wooden spike and place the spike in the glass.

Tip 4: Make place cards to attach or place on cutlery

– Gather all the cutlery, tie it with a ribbon and attach a place card. Place on the plate.

– Cut out a star, heart, flower, butterfly, etc., tag and slide it between two tines of a fork with the tines pointing skyward.

Have you got some more ideas? Remember to share your thoughts in the section below.

Christian Wedding Music: A Couple’s Guide to the Best Christian Wedding Songs

Christian Wedding Music: A Couple’s Guide to the Best Christian Wedding Songs

I always like to start with something personal, so please bear it with me!

I am a Christian by faith and a Hindu by culture. I was raised in a Christian home and I grew up bonding with fellow members of the church and hearing them speak about Jesus. However, this was not the only reason why I became a follower of Christ.

This goes back to the days when I was going to church every Sunday, praying and singing, but hardly believing. I wasn’t looking for God. I never bothered with the idea of defining myself by this belief, nor did I feel angered by those who did believe in God. However, the one thing I never expected was an actual encounter with God. I still remember when it happened. I couldn’t hear or see anything around me and in that one single moment, all whirling thoughts, doubts and questions came into one big revelation – that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior. That day, the old me was gone and it’s as if I was reborn. I was forever changed and I accepted Christ with all my heart.

Eight years later, I was getting married.

It was a Christian Indian wedding. There were no Indian traditions, rites or rituals but the Indian culture, color, emotions, drama and varieties of food were there. And like the glam and enjoyment quotient of any Indian wedding, mine was also customized with singing and dancing.

From birth to death, music forms part of our life. Through the sickness, gladness and sadness, music can relate to all our happy moods and bad situations. Just like how Indian weddings are usually incomplete without some jhatkas-and-thumkas wala songs, similarly Christian weddings are incomplete without moving the feet on some Christian music.

In this article, I have listed some of the Christian songs I’ve included in my wedding, which can perfectly capture the right emotions involved in a wedding and bless them with God’s abundant grace and love.

When God Made You – NewSong 

When God Made You – NewSong With a career spanning more than 3 decades, NewSong is an American contemporary Christian music band whose origins can be traced back to the Morningside Baptist Church in Georgia.

This beautiful song that’s meant for a wedding was created by Eddie Carswell, one of the founding members of the group, for his eldest daughter Jennifer’s wedding. His daughter gave him all the love letters she and her fiancée had written to each other and Eddie wrote the song, along with Michael O’Brien, based on the words found on these letters.

Playing this charming tune on the day of your wedding will remind you to be grateful to God for the special gift He gave you. You’ll be thankful to Him for what you have or is about to receive in your life.

This song is also about God’s hand in making two hearts come together and for making that love last forever.

Jesus At The Center – Israel Houghton and New Breed

Jesus At The Center – Israel Houghton and New BreedThe previous song praised God’s creation of love and marriage. It made you and your groom/bride flow in the romantic vibe of the song. Now is the time to make God the center of your marriage.

Sung by an American Christian music singer, Jesus At The Center is song that attempts at making your world and your marriage revolve around Jesus. It’s about binding your heart and wedding to Jesus and letting Him take control of everything.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UnitedSung by the famous Australian worship group, this song has captivated the hearts of many, including non-believers. At the 2014 GMA Dove Awards, the song won many categories like, the “Song of the Year,” “Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year” and “Worship Song of the Year.”

Including this worship song in your wedding will make you step into your new married life with faith and trust. It is about making the Lord your rock.

 

 

Algerian Wedding

How to Celebrate an Algerian Wedding

How to Celebrate an Algerian Wedding

Summary

– Algerian wedding: engagement or khotbah

– Traditional preparations of the Algerian marriage

– Meeting of the two spouses during an Algerian wedding

The particularity of the Algerian wedding is that it takes place at the home of both the future husband and the future wife. Unlike in neighbouring countries such as Morocco or Tunisia, the man is not left out most of the time, and he participates in the party as much as his bride.

Also, respecting the purest tradition, the families do not call upon a restaurant or a caterer to prepare the food for the ceremonies during an Algerian wedding. The family and the close relations do all the cooking.

Algerian wedding: engagement or khotbah

The future spouses are first engaged. The future husband must ask his family for the hand of his future wife:

– He can then be accompanied by his parents, older brother, and older sister.

– Once the two families have reached an agreement, the bride-to-be may be given a promise ring, a bracelet, a necklace, or gold earrings.

– Once the engagement is celebrated, her future husband will give her an engagement ring.

Traditional Algerian wedding preparations

An Algerian wedding can differ depending on the region where it is celebrated. Many rites are present and take place according to a precise order. Generally, it is a big party that can last 3 to 4 days or even a week.

Preparation of the meals

If the wedding is celebrated traditionally, the meals are made by hand. The preparation lasts two days and is divided as follows:

– The men of both families sacrifice a sheep or a cow depending on the number of guests.

– The women of both families prepare the side dishes, pastries, and cakes.

The Hammam

The third day is dedicated to relaxation and beauty rituals. The bride goes there accompanied by women and older women who ensure that the tradition is respected.

Religious songs and prayers will accompany the care.

The ceremony of El Khouara

The bride’s mother organizes a party in her home for her friends and relatives.

The bride is paraded in different traditional outfits during this ceremony, and the family distributes sugared almonds, drinks, and pastries.

Good to know: the higher the social level of the family, the more different dresses the bride will have to wear during her parade.

Henna meal or “el taâliq

On the 5th day, the women of the groom’s family take care of the henna decoration of the bride as a sign of welcome.

The bride-to-be wears a dress called “charb ezdaf” and composed of :

– A sleeveless floral dress reaching the ankles, also called “binouar”.

– Embroidery in the form of flowers among the most delicate.

On the same day, the women of the husband’s family give the bride a white suitcase or “jehaz”. This may contain petticoats, underwear, soap, and perfume.

The suitcase contents are kept secret and will only be revealed during the henna application. After that, the guests will have to offer gifts to the bride.

Good to know: the groom’s family can stay with the bride’s family during this night.

Meeting of the two spouses during an Algerian wedding

Meeting with the family-in-law

The bride will finally go to her in-laws after having her hair and make-up done.

It is the groom’s turn to pick up his future wife, accompanied by a procession composed of:

– Cars decorated with flowers and ribbons whose horns will alert the neighbourhood.

– All the girls and women of the groom’s family.

Good to know: the groom will be dressed entirely in white this day.

The bride is then taken to her in-laws’ house, but her parents cannot accompany her according to tradition. Before arriving at her in-laws’ home, the couple will have the opportunity to have a photo session at a place that is close to their hearts.

The bride is welcomed by her mother-in-law with milk and dates, signs of fertility, and good understanding between the couple.

That same evening, a second henna ceremony is held for the groom, who will be given gifts.

Last day of the wedding

A meal is given in honour of the bride’s parents, who have come to see their daughter. Traditionally, the bride does not do any housework or leave her house for the week following the wedding.

Good to know: the couple will then go to an undisclosed location for their honeymoon.

Civil and religious marriage

The religious marriage or “fatha” is celebrated by an imam at the home of the bride’s parents. The ceremony takes place as follows:

– He asks for the bride’s agreement that the union can take place.

– The imam makes a speech about the conditions of marriage and the importance of love.

– The bride and groom recite the first chapter of the Quran.

Once the religious union is official, civil marriage can be celebrated.

Kabyle wedding

How to Celebrate a Kabyle Wedding

How to Celebrate a Kabyle Wedding

Summary

    – Engagement day or “ass lemlak.”

    – Preparations and organization of a Kabyle wedding

    – Kabyle wedding: the day of the wedding

    – The day after the Kabyle wedding

Among the different oriental weddings, the Kabyle wedding is often compared to the Indian wedding because of the similarities in traditions and ceremonies.

Also, as for Tunisian or Algerian weddings, the marital union can take place over several days and include many rituals. Here is a brief overview.

Engagement day or “ass lemlak”

Kabyle wedding

The Kabyle engagement is solemn and commits both families. In tradition, it is up to the man to look for his fiancée.

Several rituals can then be put in place:

    – The young man can ask for a girl’s hand in marriage by sacrificing a sheep or a goat on his doorstep without seeing one of his family members.

    – The fathers of the bride and groom may discuss a dowry in front of witnesses following a meal at the home of the girl’s father.

Good to know: the dowry can be paid in cash or goods. It depends on the social status of the families.

Once the agreement is reached, the ceremony ends with

    – The recitation of the Fatiha;

    By giving presents to the girl such as henna, soap, perfume, clothes or even shoes.

Note: In the tradition of the engagement of two young people from the same village, the two families built together with a new traditional house for the future spouses.

Preparations and organization of a Kabyle wedding

 

traditional Kabyle wedding can last from 2 to 7 days and is a real celebration for the whole village. It includes :

    – numerous lunches and dinners;

    – comings and goings between the two families crowned by a procession;

    – numerous exchanges.

The hands of the future spouses are decorated with henna the day before the wedding. This rite can be accompanied by :

    – a ritual narrative;

    – women’s songs;

    – a poetic joust.

Good to know: from this moment on, the bride takes the name of “tislit,” meaning the bride.

The day before the ceremony is also the moment when all the village women gather in a spirit of solidarity for the traditional rolling of the couscous.

Finally, the future husband and his family go to the young woman’s house to give her his trousseau and a lamb.

Kabyle wedding: the day of the wedding

On D-day, the bride dresses in traditional clothes such as

    – precious oriental dresses ;

    – traditional clothes like the burnous;

    – family jewels or those received during the engagement.

She then joins her fiancé at his home, and the mother of the latter offers her dates and sweets:

    – It is customary that the bride throws them behind her after tasting them.

    – The procession then heads to the bride’s home, where the union will be celebrated.

    – The ceremony will be accompanied by oriental dances, a folkloric orchestra, traditional songs welcoming the new couple.

Afterwards, the bride receives the following gifts

    – money as a gift named “Tizri” ;

    – her husband’s mother and sisters unpack her trousseau.

Good to know: the expenses of a traditional Kabyle wedding are always assumed by the groom’s family.

The wedding night can occur on the same night as the wedding, or it can be slightly shifted in time to allow the future spouses to benefit from a certain intimacy.

The day after the Kabyle wedding

The day after the wedding, a meal is prepared for the bride and her family. The bride will then visit her husband’s family and the people of the village.

From this moment on, the bride’s parents will leave the house and leave the young bride at home.

Finally, during the 7 days following her marriage, the bride :

    – will not do any work;

    – Visit the village protector called “Aassas”;

    – be visited by her mother.

 

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Things to Consider When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Many couples now decide to have a wedding abroad, but there are many things to consider when looking to get married in a foreign country. This article will look at every aspect of the subject so that marrying in another country will be easier for the big ‘I DO’…

Legal Part

Laws will vary in different states and different countries, so it is important to check so that your marriage stays valid in your country.

For example, in France, you will need a minimum of 40 days of residency to marry legally. If the country of your choice does not allow it, you may want to get married in your country then proceed with a little ceremony abroad.

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Things to Consider When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Tailor-made Or One-size-fits-all?

I guess you already have an idea of where you want to go to celebrate your wedding; now you have to choose between a wedding package or a tailor-made wedding. Both are good options, but it all depends on what you have in mind. I know many people are already thinking about their wedding beforehand, so you already have an idea.

There are a lot of travel companies that offer wedding packages that contain the venue, DJ or band, officiant, and sometimes even a photographer and make-up artist (it all depends on the package). Opting for a package may be very advantageous when you have a lot of guests to rest assured everything is under control.

However, many people will prefer a tailor-made wedding, as the package may lack some components they want to have. In this case, you should look for a local wedding planner (make sure to look for a good one).

Wedding Planner

If you decide to hire a wedding planner, you should make sure that you are using all the resources they provide to you. Use their knowledge to be used to that country and know where to get the best things at the best price. There are also a lot of logistics when it comes to your wedding day; do not neglect those too.

Do not forget to negotiate the best price for each and everything; you don’t want to pay twice the price for something you could have paid half the price for.

Weather

When you have chosen your destination, do not forget to look at the best time to go according to the weather. I would not have to say only the weather but also the temperature; many people like to travel in summer, but there are some places where the heat may become unbearable; you do not want to spend your wedding day in sweat, having to retouch your make-up at least 5 times during the ceremony only for the pictures to look decent.

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Things to Consider When Planning a Wedding Abroad

Flight 

As you get married abroad, you will have to take the plane (of course). So, as flights can easily get delayed or any other form of misfortune better to leave at least 2 days between your arrival day and your wedding day. You don’t want to miss the flight and your wedding. This might change everything. Even if there is no legal waiting time, you should fix yourself enough time to prepare yourself. Do not forget you will be getting married and you will be stressed.

Wedding Insurance 

When going abroad, think about having wedding insurance; it will help you cover your wedding dress, rings, and other important things that might get lost or even stolen. So, you better be extra cautious when it gets to these things. Always read everything on the paper (especially the small print).

A wedding is important- you should be able to enjoy this moment while everything is as you want it to be. Some people dream weddings are in their home country, and it is acceptable; think about an exotic trip and sand in toes wedding. Let us know in the comments what is your wedding destination (if you have one, of course)….

Wedding Budget

How to Plan a Wedding Budget

How to Plan a Wedding Budget

Summary

 – What wedding budget should I plan?

 – Example of a budget for a wedding of 100 guests

 – Request a wedding quote

 – Solutions for your budget

Organizing a wedding requires a lot of time and especially a lot of money. Wedding preparations are expensive: ceremony, dress, reception and entertainment… So what is the budget for a wedding?

What is the budget for a wedding?

The average wedding budget in Canada is approximately 13,000. However, the amount is different depending on :

 – the standard of living of each person ;

 – the region or country where the wedding will take place

 – the number of guests.

To reduce the wedding budget, you can do some things yourself. Expenses can also be shared between the parents and the bride and groom or divided on a case-by-case basis.

As a general rule, you should know that you will exceed your budget by at least 15%. So get your calculators and think about getting estimates!

Example of a budget for a wedding of 100 guests

The prices below are practiced by professionals and are an indication for a wedding with 100 guests.

Wedding budget for 100 people

Price ($)

Wedding preparation

Announcements (including envelopes and stamps)

250 to 600

Wedding rings

200 to 1 000

Photographer

800 to 1 200 

Film

700 to 1 200 

Car rental

300 to 1 000 

Wedding Outfit

For her

Wedding outfit

150 to 2,500 (average 500)

Accessories (necklace, bag, shoes, clutch, lingerie)

1 000 

Hairstyle

100 + 100 to 600 for additions or extensions

Make-up (facial, manicure, make-up)

100 to 250

For him

Wedding suit for men

400 to 700

Hat

80 to 250

Shoes

100 to 300

Vest

100 to 200

Reception hall

Room rental

Rustic style (entire domain)

2 000 to 3 000

Prestigious or unusual location (palace lounge, stadium)

5 000  to 20 000

Party room

400  to 1 500

Wedding restaurant

5 000  to 15 000

Wedding castle

3,000 to 5,000 or even 7,000

Wedding tent

Rental (100 people)

1 500

Floor

1 000

Set-up fee

200 to 500

The meal

Caterer

6 000 to 13 000

Wedding cake or other cakes

400 to 1 000

Menu

For a table meal

4 000 to 13 000

For a buffet

2 000 to 8 000

Menu printing

100 to 200 (1 to 2 each)

Decoration

Decoration of the room, the tables, the car

1,000 to 1,500 or even 2,500

Flowers

Bride’s bouquet

50 to 150

Other arrangements

500 to 1 500

Animation

Music

DJ or band

400 to 500

Entertainment package (music and games)

500 to 1 500

Mega show, concert, live performance

1 500  to 6 000

Childcare (baby-sitter, animator)

200  to 350

Gifts

Gift for guests

250 to 500

Dragees

15 to 30  per kg

After the wedding

Guest book

15 to 50

Thank you (including envelopes and stamps)

100 to 250

Honeymoon trip per person

Canada and surrounding countries

1 000 to 2 500

Far away countries

2 500 to 7 000

Paper photo album

30 to 70

Wedding organized abroad depending on the destination

10 000 to 40 000

Average total cost

15,000 to 40,000 approximately, including the honeymoon.

Ask for wedding quotes

Wedding Budget

The best way to estimate your wedding budget is to ask for quotes from wedding professionals. Don’t hesitate to ask for several quotes from different service providers to compare prices and services.

To get a coherent wedding quote, try to specify as much as possible your wishes and expectations. The more precise you are, the more the quotes you receive will correspond to your needs.

Be as attentive as possible to the content of the estimate given by the different wedding professionals. Do not focus only on the price, but consider the services offered. The lowest quote is not necessarily the most interesting! If you do not understand certain elements, do not hesitate to ask for explanations.

Services and products can vary significantly from one company to another, and the most attractive prices are usually only offered for essential services and products. The cost of additional options can then be high.

Once you have selected one or more quotes, don’t hesitate to ask about the providers. You can even contact them by phone or make an appointment to meet them.

Solutions for your budget

Think about the budget of your wedding to:

– Get your wedding sponsored to reduce the cost of your wedding.

– Ask for a credit for your wedding to alleviate the high expenses that burden your budget.

– Call upon a wedding planner, but this one also has a cost.

In any case, the wedding fair, which gathers many professionals specialized in this field, will be to your listening and will be able to help you to organize your wedding.

Tunisian Wedding

How Does a Tunisian Wedding Take Place

How Does a Tunisian Wedding Take Place

Summary

– Tunisian wedding: the engagement

– Preparation of the Tunisian wedding

– Ceremony of a Tunisian wedding

Almost 99% of the Tunisian population is Muslim. Thus, the traditions and customs of marriage are intimately linked to Islamic dogma. The Tunisian wedding is, above all, a civil act. It has the particularity of taking place over 7 days, and the ceremony retains the ancestral customs related to marriage—a small overview in this post.

Tunisian marriage: the engagement

Although each region of Tunisia has its customs and wedding rituals, some remain traditional to a Tunisian wedding:

– The wedding always begins with the engagement. The future husband, accompanied by his parents, goes to the home of his fiancée to officially ask for her hand.

– Once both families accept the union, it will be crowned with a recitation of verses from the Koran, cries of joy, also called “zaghrouda”.

Preparation of the Tunisian wedding

The traditional Tunisian wedding lasts a week, during which the bride is the center of all the attention. In the past, she had to wear up to 7 different ceremonial dresses accompanied by embroidery and jewelry. The process has been modernized, but it retains solid ancestral roots.

Saboun or the first day

This is the starting point of the wedding. The bride-to-be prepares her trousseau with the help of relatives such as her mother, sisters, aunts and cousins.

This trousseau will be composed of all the elements that the family considers important for the future household’s good establishment, such as kitchen utensils, household appliances, furniture, and decorations.

Good to know: the saboun is followed by the second day or “hazzén el farch,” during which the trousseau is unpacked in front of the family, who then helps to tidy it.

Third day: the hammam

Accompanied by her friends and relatives, the bride goes to the hammam, a real ritual of relaxation and beauty. Various treatments can be performed there:

– masks and scrubs;

– hair removal;

– hair and skin moisturizing.

During this new rite, the bride is accompanied by songs and applause while being covered with a safseri, a kind of veil hiding her face.

Laying of the henna

During this 4th day, the bride will wear a traditional red dress. A woman who specializes in henna painting will decorate her hands and feet.

This new step will be repeated for 2 more evenings.

Good to know: the henna ceremony is meant to bring luck to the couple.

Outia ortilla

This party takes place 2 nights before the final wedding party and can last 2 to 3 days.

The bride must then:

– Wear up to 4 different traditional outfits.

– Have an extra layer of henna applied.

– Be given jewelry by her husband, who is allowed to attend the final hours of the party.

This step is significant because of the last application of henna which will take a darker colour and last longer.

Tunisian Wedding Ceremony

After the wedding rituals and especially of the bride come two new rites that will unite the future spouses.

Dokhla

It is a meal gathering the bride and groom, their families and friends.

During this occasion, the bride and groom will wear traditional Tunisian silk costumes whose colours vary depending on the region where they celebrate their union.

Good to know: on this day, the groom offers the bouquet to the bride as a symbol of fertility.

Civil and religious marriage

Tunisian Wedding

 

Before any religious wedding, the civil wedding will be done this way:

– The civil marriage act is performed with two witnesses in the presence of notaries or a Civil Status Officer.

– Finally, the religious ceremony is consecrated by an imam and can take place at the mosque or the home of the bride’s parents.

Indian Wedding

Indian Wedding: Process and Customs

Indian Wedding: Process and Customs

Summary

– Rituals preceding the Hindu wedding

– Indian wedding: the course of the D-day

– Dowry in the Indian wedding

Marriage is one of the rites of passage in Hindu customs. It is the most important of all, and it is most often celebrated with great pomp.

Protocol and customs related to Indian marriage

The family most often chooses spouses according to caste and social level. Girls are married between the ages of 19 and 26, and men are married at an average age of 26.

Rituals preceding the Hindu marriage

Before sealing the union of the newlyweds, they and their families must perform several acts:

– Talks between the father of the bride and the groom are made.

– The bride plants 9 seeds that the D-day must germinate to symbolize fertility in marriage.

– The Tilak ceremony where the male members of the bride’s family go to the groom’s house to offer him gifts and apply a vermilion paste to his forehead. The groom’s family responds by sending gifts to the bride’s family.

– The engagement where the future spouses exchange gold rings. 

– The pitthi and mehndi where the bride and groom are covered with henna tattoos and a paste made of pea flour, turmeric, oil or water to purify them. The families then set a date for the ceremony.

Good to know: according to tradition, the bride can only resume her household activities once her wedding henna has been completely removed.

Indian wedding: the D-day process

Indian Wedding

The D-day is also punctuated by many rituals that should be observed at the risk of compromising the longevity of the wedding. The wedding begins as follows

– the arrival of the groom, on horseback or elephant or in a luxury car;

– He waits for the bride to put a garland of flowers around her neck.

The priest then performs the rituals or “mandap” in the presence of the bride and groom and their parents. These take place in the following manner:

– A prayer is first dedicated to Ganesh, the god of luck and wisdom.

The spouses’ hands are joined, but they are separated by a sheet and cannot yet see each other.

– A paste made of cane sugar and cumin with positive virtues is placed on their heads before dropping the sheet.

– The groom will tie a rope made of herbs and braid around the bride’s waist to support her in her new responsibilities.

– He then places two gold necklaces around her neck, symbols of the commitment, protection and security he offers to the bride.

– The sashes of the bride and groom are tied together to symbolize the longevity of their union.

– The bride and groom send rice to each other and then go around the sacred fire 7 times to conclude the ceremony.

After the mandap, the wedding festivities occur where the guests are invited to eat, drink and dance in honour of the new couple.

Dowry in Indian marriage

The dowry or the fact that the bride’s family pays a certain amount of money to the groom’s family for the wedding is universal in India.

Its amount depends on :

– the caste to which the groom belongs;

– his place in the family: elder, younger, etc.;

– his position in Indian society.

Good to know: The dowry is not given in the form of money but of gifts.

Hope you have liked this post. This blog is incomplete without your participation; please do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Moroccan Wedding

Moroccan Wedding: How Is It Celebrated

Moroccan Wedding: How Is It Celebrated

Summary

– Preamble of the Moroccan wedding

– Moroccan wedding: the days before

– The Moroccan wedding: the D-day

The Moroccan wedding is part of the Muslim tradition. The stages of this festive event are numerous, and some of them start before the D-day.

Here is a small overview of the process of a Moroccan wedding.

Preambles of the Moroccan wedding

Moroccan Wedding

It is well before the day of the celebration of the Moroccan marriage that one prepares for the khetba. This is how the engagement is called the first phase of a Moroccan wedding, during which the parents of the young man ask for the young girl’s hand to her parents.

Only when both parties are in complete agreement that the wedding preparations begin. Then the following are planned:

– The first ceremony Al Kaghet, or Helel (The engagement ceremony), is an intimate ceremony that brings together the future spouses and their respective close relatives: during this stage, the forthcoming marriage is formalized, and the marriage act is sealed. An adel is called in to draw up the marriage certificate.

– The date of the marriage.

The dowry.

– The place.

– The decoration.

– The list of the different service providers that will be used, such as the halal caterer, the orchestra, etc.

– The gifts that will be offered to the bride and groom.

– The budget.

Good to know: it is also necessary to decide all the outfits the bride will wear at her Moroccan wedding. For this, we call upon a negafa.

Moroccan wedding: the days before

The few days before the Moroccan wedding are essentially a women’s affair. It is during this stage shared with the women of the young bride’s family that the future bride is purified.

During these few days, one proceeds :

– a session in the hammam for all the women to take a milk bath under the sound of youyous and songs;

– the henna ritual: a tradition calling for prosperity and which implies that the young bride wears a green outfit that day as well as the presence of a nekacha in charge of adorning the feet and hands of the young bride with henna tattoos;

– the hdiyya: a festive meal during which gifts are offered to the bride.

Good to know: most guests also get a tattoo, a symbol of happiness and prosperity.

The Moroccan wedding: the D-day

The day of the wedding:

– The bride surrounds herself with women from her family and friends to go to a beauty salon where a negafa takes care of her makeup, hair and clothing.

– Then, in the evening, the festivities can begin. Thus the oriental orchestra settles on the place of the party. The waiters put on the tables drinks, dried fruits and snacks.

– The guests arrive in the wedding hall. The bride, beautifully adorned in a pristine white dress and a choker tiara, enters two to three hours after the guests. She is paraded through the wedding hall before joining her groom. The couple is then seated on a throne.

– The wedding meal is then served, usually consisting of a pastilla, a main course such as couscous or tagine, a dessert and a platter with a rich assortment of fruit.

– Throughout the night, the bride will change her outfit and jewelry. She is assisted by four women whose mission is to help this princess of a thousand and one nights to get dressed. In the early morning, the bride’s white dress is put at the disposal of the young girls who dress it in turn.

Good to know: although the Moroccan marriage tends to be Europeanized, the traditions are, for the great majority, preserved by the young couples.

Do you want everything to go well for your biggest day? We advise you to find a wedding planner quickly. Their agenda is often taken a year in advance. So, be quick and don’t forget to tell us how it went!

Country Wedding: Why Not a Barbecue Buffet on the Menu?

Organizing a wedding involves many details to consider. From the choice of the date to the honeymoon to the organization of the wedding menu, the tasks to be performed by the bride and groom require a lot of preparation. When guests are asked what they liked about the wedding party, they often mention that the food was delicious. Have you chosen a country wedding theme? Are you worried about choosing a menu? Think of the barbecue, an idea that has become ultra-trendy! Let’s zoom in on the subject.

Why a Barbecue Buffet?

Coming straight from America, the barbecue has captured the attention of several brides and grooms lately. It is synonymous with wood fire, cooking over embers, or gathering around several pieces of meat grilled over a fire. Besides, it is the ideal formula to instill a festive and friendly spirit in your guests.

Say Bye-Bye to the Table Plan

Setting a seating plan is not easy, especially if you have guests who are not on good terms. With barbecue mode, forget about the headache! Your guests are free to choose their place. They can move around as they please and serve themselves as they please. Whether standing or seated to eat, your guests will have total freedom.

Note that the barbecue is ideally suited to a wedding celebrated in a small community.

No need to look elsewhere, the entertainment is already there!
The magic of the BBQ is to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Everyone will be at ease and can approach this or that person. It will also be a good opportunity for your guests to enlarge their circle of friends.

Original Recipes

Lobster soup or crispy spinach rolls as a starter? Medallions of monkfish with crayfish or stuffed lamb for the main course? Ice cream or pièce montée for dessert? So many choices to make, and you can’t decide?

Leave the ordinary dishes aside! Offer your guests originality with the BBQ. Rosemary skewers with vegetables, marinated fish fillet with pineapple, grilled marshmallows… All succulent recipes to delight your guests’ taste buds. In addition, you will be able to combine several ingredients and modulate the sauces, marinades, and spices to create a wide variety of dishes. The grill master will help you with this.

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A Barbecue Buffet for Every Taste

When planning a wedding menu, you have to consider your guests’ dietary needs: allergies, food taboos, tastes… With a barbecue, you don’t have to worry about this. The proposed menus are widely varied so that everyone can satisfy his greed.

Some Ideas of Food to Grill

No matter how your guests eat, they will have plenty of choices. Here are a few dishes you can offer at the barbecue.

Bulgogi

This is a Korean-style beef barbecue. The meat is minced and marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, or pear juice. When grilled, the meat cooks very quickly. Serve with rice.

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Pork Tenderloin

Pork marinades are available in several recipes: with fruit, ginger, garlic, sweet and sour… They can be accompanied by grilled vegetables such as onions, carrots, potatoes, zucchini…

Lamb Chops

The meat is marinated with sprigs of rosemary, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and ground pepper. This dish is often served with a large Greek salad or roasted potatoes.

Thai Style Grilled Chicken

This is a Thai culinary specialty. The chicken pieces are bathed in a mixture of coconut milk, onion, garlic, coriander, soy sauce, ginger, ground pepper, curry powder, and Dijon mustard. Serve with curry and raisin rice.

Rosemary Vegetable Skewers

The recipe is very simple. Zucchini, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes cut into pieces are threaded on rosemary sprigs. They are interleaved with onions. We mix lemon juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and olive oil for the sauce. That’s it! The skewers are ready to be grilled.

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Shish Kebab, Meat Skewer, Vegetable Skewer

Grilled Marshmallows

As a dessert, your guests can enjoy toasted marshmallow skewers. Simply place the marshmallows on the end of the skewers and put them on the grill. They will start to melt slowly.