American weddings are incredibly diverse. No wedding is the same and that is what makes these weddings special. The United States is full of many cultures and the traditions vary for each wedding. Several rituals have become very typical for an American wedding. The common saying, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”, is supposed to bring good luck to newlyweds. Modern brides still enjoy finding unique ways of incorporating these items into their special day. There are other interesting customs that relate to wedding cake, hiding the bride before her walk down the aisle, and the groom carrying his new wife. The first part of the popular phrase talks about carrying “something …show more content…
A fresh object is supposed to endure, and this item represents a marriage that will last forever. The couple is “looking to the future for health, happiness and success” (Allen 2). A bridal dress is most often symbolized as the “something new” (Sauers NP). Brides usually never struggle to find an item for this category when planning a wedding, because most everything is new. The third item recognizes a crucial lesson that many should learn. It is important for a bride to remember that when she is in need of help, family and friends will always be there for her (“Bridal Traditions” 10). A token that represents “something borrowed”, is a great opportunity for a friend to lend the bride something to show love and compassion (Allen 2). This symbol refers to borrowing happiness in the form of an item from someone in a good marriage (Sauers NP). Brides often borrow a clutch, jewelry or a veil. One woman made a bouquet that included over fifty brooches borrowed from close family members (Sauers NP). The fourth object listed in the famous English phrase was “something blue”. Blue represents faithfulness and loyalty (“Bridal Traditions” 10). Commitment, fidelity, and purity are other words that are also associated with the color blue. Some wear blue ribbons in their hair to represent their promise to their new husband (Sauers NP). Sauers writes about a bride that wore “a
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The wedding ceremony is a celebratory event romanticized by couples nationwide for its ability to unite creativity and tradition in a convenient package. One need only observe the plethora of wedding trends, from outlandishly alternative to stringently orthodox, to understand how important representing individuality remains among contemporary couples. In retrospect, much of the symbolisms attributed to these trends come from centuries of applied social significance; couples see the most value in a marriage celebration which allows them to flaunt their unique qualities as individuals while simultaneously modeling the long-standing customs of preceding weddings. In the 2002 film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, director Joel Zwick illustrates the
There are various customs and traditions for marriage in United States based on varying factors such as culture, social norms, and religion. There are no unique practices because most of practices are derived from other cultures. The marriage practices and customs revolve around wedding attire, before wedding, wedding ceremony, reception, and after wedding. White bridal dresses are worn with a veil in weddings. However, those not wedding for the first time can choose any color of bridal dresses apart from white. Before a wedding, most have bridal showers where the bride receives gifts from the guests. Preparation takes considerable time to plan a wedding. In a wedding, groomsmen and bridesmaids are included (Lilian, 2013). The bride’s father walks the bride down the aisle to indicate approval of the groom. “The typical 21st century wedding can now feature a supporting cast of stepparents, half-siblings, Dad's new girlfriend and her kids, the bride's first stepfather and his new wife, and sometimes even the bride and groom's ex-spouses” Wedding cakes are used and couples kiss as a form of endearment. Cakes are seen symbols of fertility. It is a custom for the newly married woman to
During modern weddings, the bride walks down the aisle with a bouquet in her hands similarly it was seen in the Elizabethan era. “Fresh flowers were central to the clothing. The bride would wear flowers in her hair and they would also adorn her gown,” (Alchin, Linda. “Elizabethan Wedding Customs.¨) On the wealthier side of society they would wear fancy clothing that had silver threading and jewelry on it. The color yellows meaning has gone through change during the course of time, today if someone were to wear yellow to a wedding it would not be looked down upon or make anyone upset. But during the Elizabethan Era the color yellow was a sign of mourning and was not to be worn at weddings, (Alchin, Linda. “Elizabethan Wedding Customs.¨) In modern days, most brides wear the traditional white dress during their wedding, but this tradition was not around during the Elizabethan era. “Instead she would wear her best gown and kirtle, or even a new gown if money was available,” (Alchin, Linda. “Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings.”) A few clothing traditions have stood throughout time and are still used in modern
There is also an amount of prestige involved; the gifts received in a wedding are displayed in a ledger for guests to look through to indicate the family’s standing among its friends and
Upon initial reading, the poem’s title, genre, and speaker offer a unique perspective on a normally exciting aspect of weddings: the dress.
Every person has on object in their life that is very precious to the, for me, it is my pearl necklace. They are small and round and a lustrous cream color with a pink sheen. They have a tiny gold clasp that holds the necklace together. My pearls tell a story than no other personal artifact can: my heritage. The pearls symbolized tradition and womanhood in my family’s life, and they were to be worn with dignity and pride. Every holiday, the girls of the family accessorized their outfits with the pearls given by our grandmother. They were something we all had in common: the thread that linked our generations together. I recall looking down at my Nana’s casket and I could almost hear her voice whispering
The bride was given a chest with table settings in pure gold for twenty-four guests. They also brought in a ballet company and two waltz orchestras. " (44)
For this DB, I will review the Small Ivory Chest with Scenes from Courtly Romances, explaining its meaning to its culture during its time, then comparing it to our times culture. The Ivory Chest consists of multiple Ivory plaques held together by metal strips, hinges, handle, and a lock. Boxes such as these were inscribed with various romantic themes, with this particular box romantic themes follows a single romantic story set in sequential episodes. The boxes were given to woman by either smitten men wanting to who them, or as wedding presents offered by a groom. Since products such as these would be reserved for those of higher class, these reflect both the possible joy, or sorrow that could come of marriages in a time were high class weddings
In America we are known for throwing lavish ceremonies and expensive parties to celebrate the union between two people. I’ve attended quite a few weddings and participated in one during my lifetime thus far. Most weddings in the American culture follow the same itinerary.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a film that I chose to explain the sociological concepts of sociology. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is not just about planning a wedding, it’s about a crazy Greek family that struggles to accept their daughters boyfriend who is not Greek as part of their family. One of the first concepts that I will chose is culture. In the movie it is perceived that all Greek people own restaurants, subscribe to one religion which is Greek Orthodoxy, and that all Greek people have big and crazy families. This is just a stereotype of what the Greek culture is.
piece of love and good fortune that was sent from the women to their family.
According to the Middle English Dictionary, however, “suster” can be translated as “spouse” or “lover”. This interpretation gives the poem a sexual twist. The first gift, the cherry, is representative of a woman’s virginity. The second gift, a dove, is typically a symbol of love. Also, they have been said to carry messages, such as the messages between the narrator and their lover. Additionally, the briar fits into the theme of nature symbols, and reproduction is a part of nature. The idea of the gifts being related to children also fits into this interpretation. The narrator notes late in the poem that “Whan the maiden hath that she loveth, / She is withoute longinge” (27-28). “Longinge” can be interpreted to mean longing, as in wishfulness, but it can also be read as longing, as in a sexual desire. This could mean that when a girl has the one she loves, her desire for love - in a possibly sexual manner - is sated. Reading the poem with the translation of “suster” as lover gives it a new twist and changes some of the meanings that can be interpreted from the poem.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been studying the subject of Dutch and Nigerian weddings. I looked at photographs, a short movie and websites on the topic. I also interviewed some Dutch people that used to live in Nigeria. I have come the conclusion that Dutch and Nigerian weddings are very different although there might be some similarities. In the paragraphs below I will elaborate on the similarities and differences.