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6 Rustic Wedding Ideas for Country Weddings

Rustic Wedding Ideas for your Country Wedding

Rustic weddings are more popular than ever, but not every city or location is equipped with a Rustic Wedding venue. Besides a venue, here are 6 rustic wedding ideas you can use to incorporate a little country into your big day. Bluegrass Whiskey Barrels Rustic Wedding Ideas These whiskey barrels are a unique way to add some country flair. Use them as drink dispensers at your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception, as a decor piece on your guest book table or bar, or they can double as gifts for your groomsmen or your father of the bride/groom! Available in 1oz, 2oz, or 3oz sizes and can be customized with initials or two lines of text. A fun idea your wedding guests will love! Burlap Silverware Holders Rustic Wedding Ideas Transforming your reception tables is a simple yet effective way to incorporate a rustic feel. These burlap silverware holders are available in a set of 4, and have "Eat, Drink, and Be Married" printed on the front. Burlap is a staple for a country themed wedding, so more to come! Personalized Burlap Aisle Runner Rustic Wedding Ideas Why wait until the reception to add the country flair? This burlap aisle runner for your ceremony can be customized with your monogram or initials, and will lead you down the aisle in style. Lay it perfectly across the grass at your outdoor ceremony to tie the country vibe in all day long! Rustic Champagne Toasting Flutes Rustic Wedding Theme Wrapped in rope and accented with customized wooden hearts, these champagne toasting flutes are the perfect addition to your cake table. Have your first toast as husband and wife, country style! Wooden Monogramed Cake Topper Rustic Wedding Ideas Another rustic wedding idea is this wooden cake topper, engraved and hand wood burned for a more authentic look. Comes with a monogram and a vine circle, comes together as two lives become one. Perfect for rustic theme weddings! Rustic Cake Server Set Rustic Wedding Ideas To match your rustic cake topper, these cake server set is wrapped in rope and accented with wooden hearts that can be engraved with your initials. Not only a practical yet fun item, they can be a keepsake for years to come. We have a variety of Rustic Wedding Ideas available on our website, be sure to browse them all. If you don't see something you're looking for or have questions on any of the available items, please call or email us directly - we would be happy to help!
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Bachelorette Party Ideas - Must Have Items

Bachelorette Party Ideas

There are so many ways to make your final fling unique, and we have tons of bachelorette party ideas to get you started! From outfits and decor to favors and gifts, everything you need to have a good time is available. Check out our list of top ideas and must have items before you finish your planning!

No bachelorette party is complete without the bride standing out! This veil and sash set is the perfect way to keep the attention on the bride to be. Available in crisp white, satin and trimmed in black, this sash can be accented with free personalization in one of today’s hottest weeding colors, as well as your choice of text.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Give your bridesmaids a gift to remember with these hot pink bachelorette koozies to keep their drinks cold! Not only are they perfect for partying on the town, but the girls can keep them as a party favor.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Spice up your evening with this fab figurine shot glass! Add a mix of fun with the gorgeous bride figurine dressed up in her party dress and ready to go out with glitz and striking details. Grab one for all of your bridesmaids and don’t forget one for yourself!

Bachelorette Party Ideas

If your girl’s aren’t beer drinkers, these custom martini glasses will be a much better fit. A decal on the front of the glass reads “CAUTION Bachelorette Party in Progress” with a series of hot pink warning triangles decorate the glass and the base. Also available in a version for the bride!streaming Power Rangers 2017 film

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Whether you have a group of girls you’ve known forever or a mixture of ladies from all walks of life, these bachelorette party coasters are a great way to get to know each other better. Each 4″ x 4″ coaster has a unique conversation-starting question that will give everyone something to talk about for hours.

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Maybe your girls are more into wine? These adorable wine charms add flare to any wine glass for an evening of fun! The charms have a metal loop with pink and black beads that unhooks and wraps around the stem of a wine glass. The six different charm sayings included are: “Approach With Caution,” “CAUTION Bachelorette Party in Progress,” “Fling Before the Ring,” “Kiss the Bride” and two versions of “Girls Night Out.”

Bachelorette Party Ideas

As you can see there are many bachelorette party ideas that can be incorporated into your final fling bash. Choose the ones that are best for you and let’s get the party started!

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Beach Wedding Ideas | Part I

Beach Wedding Ideas

Bring the beach theme to your big day! We have compiled our list of a variety of items perfect for any destination beach wedding. One of our favorite beach wedding ideas is to incorporate seashells any way that you can. We are in love with these adorable seashell placecard holders! Each dainty, shiny shell holds a placecard and doubles as a wedding favor - guests can later use these keepsake shells to hold their own photos! A must have for any beach wedding. Beach Wedding Ideas Next up, a unique idea to add some flare to your toes. Instead of being barefoot, consider adding fun foot jewelry for you and your bridesmaids. These are decorated with a mixture of pearls and shiny rhinestones, and are available in a variety of colors and stones. The perfect way to add that extra touch! Beach Wedding Ideas A staple in wedding traditions, we have the perfect seashell garter for your beach wedding. This ivory satin and chiffon garter features a chiffon bow and seashell accents, perfect to keep or throw to all your single groomsmen. Beach Wedding Ideas Another favorite way to thank your guests for coming is with this seashell bottle opener favor! Each bottle opener is presented in an elegant gift box with a clear top and a raffia tie. A designer tag that reads "Thank you for sharing this day" is included on each favor as well. Consider giving them to all guests, or to your immediate wedding party and family as a special thank you for all they've done. Beach Wedding Ideas What cake table would be complete with a touch of beach? This seashell wedding cake topper is perfect for any beach theme wedding. Beach Wedding Ideas Lastly, add one more tiny touch of seashells to your beach theme wedding with this wedding cake serving set. This set includes one 12" long cake knife and one 9.5" long cake server. Both are made of stainless steel with ivory acrylic handles. Beach Wedding Ideas No matter what beach you choose, we have all the beach wedding ideas you need to keep your day special. Stay tuned for part 2 with additional items perfect for the beach!
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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part II

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

In part of our choosing the perfect wedding dress series, we gave you some ideas to take into account your body shape and those areas you want to conceal in order to make your body look much better. Now, let’s continue with more useful tips and make sure you remember them when choosing your wedding dress so you take the best out of your figure! Perfect Wedding Dress Photo by: The Long Hau
If you are tall, try a dress with lace or any other decoration to give the dress dimension. If, in addition, you are thin, you can let yourself be free to try a variety of gowns to see what feels the best on you. If you are blessed with curves, choose a dress fitted at the waist and that has minimal decorations on the hip or chest. Go for lightweight fabrics that fit well and flow freely. If you have a pear body shape (small waistline with curvy hips), try a dress fitted at the top and then have volume flowing down. This will make your torso and neckline to look tight and draw attention to enhance the upper part of your figure. If you love your back and want to show it off, look for an open back with a deep cut to the lower back. These designs look amazing if you have a curved back. Now, finding the perfect wedding dress is essential; however, it is also important to consider other elements that will not only complement but also reflect the bride’s personality on her whole look. Now that you selected the best fit for your body, you need to decide which accessories you will wear to make your outfit perfect. Concentrate, be calm and think which accessories you want to wear to match your dress and not look too charged. There are jewelry, tiaras, veils, gloves, hair accessories, purses and much more accessories to choose from and the decision should be based on the style of the bride, the weather/location and the dress. Something else you should consider is the design and the color of the dress. Therefore, the accessories will combine with it instead of standing out and discredit the dress. Finally, it is vital to pay special attention to the shoes. Remember you will be standing for many hours plus the dancing and greeting and your feet will definitely appreciate comfortable shoes. Look for elegant, beautiful and comfy shoes. Make sure to choose your size and a height you can handle. Also remember that many brides opt for two pairs of shoes; one to show for photos and for the ceremony, and another for an outdoor photo session and reception dancing. Overall, choosing the perfect wedding dress will have a huge impact on your big day. The more beautiful you look, the more beautiful you will feel.
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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress: Part I

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress Photo Credit: June Cochran
Your wedding day is getting closer and with that, one of the most difficult decisions comes; how to choose the perfect wedding dress. By now you have probably looked to magazines and websites to learn about the trends in wedding dresses; however, the most important is to choose a dress that will make you look even more beautiful. There are so many options to choose from that brides get confused when it comes the moment to choose one, especially because they want to get the most out of their body and cover up those little details that worry them. No matter if you are thin, chubby or curvy, there is always a perfect dress for you. You just need to take some aspects into account and your choice will be easier. Here we have some useful tips for you. To look more stylized, go for a mermaid cut dress. There are tons of beautiful designs that will improve your figure Just take into account these cut of dresses have tail. If you don’t have a small waist, the best you can do is wear a deep V neckline which will lengthen your torso. Wearing heart-shaped necklines will make you look curvy. If you are lucky to be curvy, highlight that by wearing lightweight fabrics with a nice fall. Also, look for tight fitting designs that help you highlight your waist, hips and breasts. If you have small breasts, go with draped and decorated dresses which will help you create a volume effect on the area. Also, you could look for a push up or magic bra that helps you disguise that small detail. If, on the other hand, you have really big breasts, the best way to disguise them (if you want to), is to wear dresses without decoration on the neckline area and look instead for those that have those details on the bottom. Also, avoid turtleneck dresses which will emphasize that area. In case you have broad shoulders, you should try to divert attention from them. A great idea is to avoid large or pump sleeves. If you have too wide or thin arm, you will need to find a dress with sleeves that helps you conceal them. Also, you could use your veil to cover them a little. Choose an empire style design if what you are looking for is to hide your tummy. Another great idea is to get a dress with decoration below the neck so all attention is driven to the top of your body.   Find more useful pieces of advice on the second part of our article so you choose the perfect wedding dress for your body.  
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Weddings from the World: Chinese Weddings

Photography: Brandon Kidd http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-erin-bens-hong-kong-wedding/ Photography: Brandon Kidd
As we have seen these last weeks, marriage ceremonies throughout the world are so different that you will never see exactly the same celebration on any. Each country has different customs and traditions that make their weddings unique. This week, we will be learning about the picturesque Chinese weddings. Before the process of the wedding starts, an intermediary takes care of all the formalities of the proposal. First they will give one gift to the parents of the bride and the groom and also get the birth information of her so they can investigate. An expert will decide if their marriage will be viable based on astrology. If it is, the groom’s parents will provide details about their son to do the same and compare their astrological chart. If everything goes well, both families will meet and evaluate the agreement. Once the marriage is decided, they start exchanging gifts between the two families. The parents of the bride are in charge of choosing the date of the wedding. This whole process can take even up to two years. To prepare for the wedding, the bride will be in a secluded room with her closest friends. During that time, they will sing to cry over the loss of her family. In the meantime, the groom will get the bridal bed installed the day before the wedding. However, they are usually helped by someone who has a lot of children since that is considered to give them luck. Something very typical about Chinese weddings is color red. Red for them symbolizes love and prosperity. Therefore, it is used in the bride and groom’s gowns, decorations, gifts and much more. The bride, dress in red, will get her hair arranged as a symbol of the initiation of adulthood. Also, she will get a red veil to cover her face and she is taken to her parents as a gratitude sign.  Once she is ready, there will be a procession to take her to her future husband’s house. The groom, also in red, will undergo some ceremonies at the altar. They will the go to enjoy dinner at the bride’s house and at this point, the veil is taken off the bride’s face which, after a series of rituals, represents that the couple is now married. Then, the couple will offer a cup of tea to their respective parents-in-law to signify they have become one family. After that, the bride receives her wedding gift. A red envelope with money. Finally, the wedding celebration ends with a huge feast accompanied with fireworks, cigars and confetti.
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A Spooky Wedding

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/10/29/moody-halloween-wedding-inspiration/

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/10/29/moody-halloween-wedding-inspiration/

Many couples love the idea of getting married on Halloween. It is the opportunity not only to have fun and let your inner child come out but also to show off your creativity and ability to scare all your guest through original and creepy decoration and details. From pumpkins, witches and ghosts to terrifying scenarios, there is a lot of material for a really scary and unique Halloween themed wedding.Boyka: Undisputed IV movie

If you are going to celebrate your wedding on Halloween, you will need a lot of great ideas to make it the spooky wedding of the year, we will gladly help you with that, so take note on the below ideas and plan a spectacular Halloween wedding.

  • Castles have always been surrounded by mystery and horror; therefore, they become the perfect scenario for your Halloween wedding. Do your homework and search for the scariest. If you have the resources, you can even look for a castle abroad.
  • Pumpkins are definitely the main characters when we talk about Halloween, so you cannot miss them on your wedding. There are many ways in which you can incorporate them: as centerpieces, as lamps to light the corridor where you will walk to the altar or in the floor, as decoration and of course as part of the menu!
  • Your Halloween party must of course include terrifying elements. Thus, why not decorating every corner of the venue with them. Use skeletons, witches, zombies, insects, heads and much more to make the place as scary as possible. You can decorate the ceiling, the tables, chairs, walls and a lot more with them. You can even do a photo booth with the creepiest figures!
  • Your dress may become the protagonist! Not by wearing a black dress or one that looks like a costume but, instead, you can prepare it to look awesome by adding any details you wish. It may be spider web, insects, wearing a creepy veil or even adding a vampire-like coat.
  • People love disguises, so you should take advantage of the holiday and ask your guests to wear costumes to your party. To make sure it goes as planned, include instructions in the invitation to make sure everybody wears a cool disguise. If you want to make it even more interesting, you can offer a prize for the best costume.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but you could definitely come up with more and have the best Halloween-themed wedding ever!

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Weddings from the World: Armenian Weddings

Continuing with our series about Weddings from the World, this week we have chosen to talk about Armenian marriages.  Armenian weddings are full of personality thanks to its wide variety of traditions, customs, dances and music which makes them exceptionally different to what we are accustomed to. Before the wedding, the future husband’s family will house the future wife and ask her father for permission to let the relationship continue. Once they get permission, the future groom gives the future bride the engagement ring. To celebrate, they toast with Armenian cognac and they even hold an engagement party hosted by the girl’s parents. Unlike other cultures, in Armenian, the family of the groom are the ones in charge of paying the wedding costs. The celebration will start will a lot of rituals the evening before the religious wedding, let’s go through them:
  • Late at night, the groom, family and friends will go to the bride’s house to deliver the veil she will wear during the wedding. They will play music, dance and bring gifts. While they are celebrating, they steal the shoes that the bride will wear on the wedding ceremony which symbolizes how the girl will be taken away from her family. To recover the shoes, the best man and maid of honor must pay a ransom.
  • The day of the wedding, the groom and his family will take the wedding dress to the bride and will ask the father permission for her to wear it.
  • The brother or the closest male to the bride, will put her shoes on and place money inside to wish her luck and fortune.
  • Before putting her veil on, the bride will pass it over the bridesmaids head to wish them luck in finding good husbands. Then, a happily married woman will put her the veil on to have good luck.
  • Since the bridesmaids are single, the wedding day they will write their names on the right sole of the bride’s shoe. Once the party is over, the bride will check her sole and that name which can still be read, will be the next to get married.
  • Green and red ribbons are placed by his mom on the groom’s jacket to symbolize happiness, promises, health and wellness.
The Religious Wedding During the ceremony, the priest will bless the rings and then put the hands of the couple together to represent their union.  The couples make their vows and promise to support and commit to each other. The best man will lift a cross over their heads to legitimize their union. After that, the priest puts their forehands together to represent that even if they might have different opinions, they must agree based on trust, love and solidarity. Also, the couple gets crowned to symbolize their power and authority while taking the lead in their home. Finally, the priest will pray, they drink a glass of blessed wine and commit to live their lives as one.
  • When they leave the church, two doves are released to wish the, happiness and love. In the meantime, guests will throw flowers and petals to the couple.
  • Before celebrating, the couple will break decorated plates at the entrance of the venue. This ward off evil spirits as well as negative energies. They also do it before they enter their new home.
  • When they enter, the go under an arch made of flowers which symbolizes happiness and prosperity.
  • To welcome the couple, the guests will have colored scarves (usually red and green as the groom’s ribbons) and they will wave them while dancing.
  • Finally, we have the shabash which consist on throwing money and coins to the couple to wish them fortune, wealth and good luck.
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Weddings from the World: Buddhist Weddings

Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/621797 Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio
We have been learning about weddings from the world, their different customs, traditions and much more. This time, we will talk about Buddhist weddings.  When we think on a Buddhist wedding, we might imagine the bride with a super colorful wedding dress and a priest that looks like Dalai Lama. However, our perception and believes of other culture weddings are usually based on what we have seen on movies or TV shows and the reality is nothing similar to that. When discussing marriage in the Buddhist religion, it is important to take into account that they do not have a specific wedding ritual or ceremony because they do not consider marriage a religious event; therefore, when they celebrate a wedding, what they do is the called couple’s blessing. Even if they take different traditions and symbols from other religion weddings, the ceremony is not as stiff as a Muslim or catholic wedding. Buddhists give a great deal of importance to astrology, that’s why everything related to commitment and weddings is dictated by the monks who, beforehand, prepare and interpret the couple’s astrological chart. Based on those, they determine different aspects such as the time and date of the wedding. They marry in front of an altar that has the Buddha. It is usually decorated with flowers and other elements chosen by the couple. Friends and family will be behind the couple and the Buddhist monk will usually be standing higher than the rest of the people. During the wedding ceremony, the couple must be together in a posture known as the Wai, which is gesture of respect, before receiving the Buddhist monk’s blessing. Then, the monks will start the ceremony with a sermon and once he finishes sharing his thoughts, he will lead the vow interchange which is a vital part of a Buddhist wedding. Once done, to express their gratitude, the couple offers food to the monks and Buddha and the monks will chant the wedding prayer and then will eat. Only after they finish eating, the senior monk will bless the couple and all the guests with holy water. The celebration after the wedding ceremony is a traditional wedding party with food, music and dancing. The type of food will depend on the country where the couple is from but it usually includes pork, beef, rice and other traditional dishes.  
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A Wedding into the Woods

 Lucy Munoz Photography http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/03/12/elopement-inspiration-redwoods-woodland-wedding/ Lucy Munoz Photography
We have been writing about fall-inspired weddings these last weeks and today is not the exception. Even if fall is almost done to give room to spring, there are still ideas we can implement if you are getting married in this beautiful and magic season. There is nothing that resembles more a fairy tale than weddings in the woods; therefore, if you have always dreamed with a fairy tale like wedding, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your dreams come true. The woods are full of magic, leafy trees and bucolic floral nature. You will be delighted by an explosion of intense colors thanks to the beautiful peonies and the most perfect moss rug that give color and softness to the environment and combined with a rustic decoration makes the whole thing look like taken out of a tale. Autumn is so hard to resist because wedding ceremonies during this amazing time of the year are full of tastes and exquisite colors which makes it a perfect time to celebrate without the heat of summer and allowing you to take advantage of the natural landscapes that bloom during this season. A perfect way to take advantage of all that nature gives us during autumn is to celebrate your wedding in the woods. These weddings are full of magic and are usually very intimate ceremonies with a reduced number of guests and a really simple decoration because, why would you need a super elaborate decoration when nature in its maximum majesty is the protagonist of the decoration? Just let nature express itself and your wedding will be stunning. The details of weddings in the woods are usually obtained by using fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season such as grapes, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, berries, lilies, sunflowers and much more. Combine them with decorative elements that match and you will have a dream wedding!    
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Weddings from the World: Gypsy Weddings

Wedding FamilyWe have been visiting different cultures for the last weeks so you know more about how wedding traditions are in other places of the world and in case you want to theme your wedding based on a culture. This week, it is the turn of gypsies. Gipsy weddings are unique, full of color, celebration and fun, let’s learn more about them. First of all, you should know that if the bride is not a virgin, she cannot get married unless she finds a man who is not married and wants to marry her despite that. To determine if the bride is a virgin, she has to pass the “test of the handkerchief” which consists of getting the bride into a private room and extract blood from her hymen. The “ajuntaora” uses a handkerchief and it must show three roses to prove her virginity, otherwise, the girl cannot get married. Once they pass the test, the wedding celebration starts. All guests will break their shirts to show joy. The couple will be raised over shoulders and everyone will throw caramelized almonds while singing. The wedding dress is actually two dresses. One is pink and goes under representing femininity and the other one, white, represents purity. The dress must always be new and purchased by the bride’s father. The groom wears a conventional suit. Usually the religious ceremony is Christian; however, some gypsies are married at the Roma rite and by the Catholic or evangelistic church while others are just married by the Roma rite. The bridesmaid and best man are usually the same of baptism and some other times, uncles. The pastor usually invites the “church’s elderly man” who, out loud, recites a mix of prayers and petitions for the couple. Gypsy weddings usually last for several days and they have a huge feast. This may also vary from the region where the gypsies are settled. The gypsy wedding ceremony is all full with hymns or spiritual songs played by guitars and other instruments. Everybody sings in unison so it is basically a chorus coordinated by a director. They are always sung in groups, preventing them individually. So they enjoy a chorus that will be coordinated by a director.
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Weddings from the World: Japanese Weddings

Photographer: Vivian Chen  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

Photographer: Vivian Chen
http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/03/12/diy-california-chinese-cultural-wedding/

We have been talking and learning about weddings celebrated in other countries, with cultures very different from ours and that you can bring you so you can immerse into their traditions. Today we will learn about Japanese weddings, which ceremonies are full of tradition even if they have been very influenced by the Western lately.

In Japan, you may see Christian, Buddhist, Shinto and non-religious weddings. In addition, the couple may choose a style of ceremony without being part of their religion.

When you receive the invitation for a Japanese wedding, the recipient must return it with an answer. Also, you have to take cash with you so you can give it to them as a gift in a special envelope called “Shugi-bukuro” with your name written on the front. The amount for the gift will depend on the relationship you have with the couple. Just take into account that the amount must always start with an odd number because when the Japanese marry, they are looking forward union and not dividing anything between two.

The bride and groom’s gowns are very traditional. The bride wears the “shiramuko” which is a white silk kimono. The most appealing detail is that they cover they head with a circular hat called “tsuno-kakushi” which purpose is to cover the horns (jealousy) to her mother-in-law and future mother. Really traditional brides will also paint their faces white to symbolize virginity and purity. Once they are married, the bride usually changes her costume to celebrate. They usually use red because it is a good luck color. The groom carries a “montsuki” which is black kimono. They also change for the celebration by wearing a gray kimono or a black Western suit.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The wedding are held in a temple called “Shinto”. Guests and family are to enter first, followed by the bride who enters taking her mother’s hand and leaves by taking her mother-in-law’s hand. After that, the groom enters taking his father’s hand. Finally, the Shinto priest enters lastly.  The ceremony take approximately 20 minutes. It begins with a prayer in classical Japanese, then the couple exchanges the “Juzu” which is a type of old rosary and then exchange the rings.

The most important part of the ceremony is when they drink the “San San Kudu,” which means Three-Three-Nine and represents heaven, earth and man. This act symbolizes union of the couple and the gods. They use three cups called “sakazuki” and drink in three sips. Number nine is three times number three, which is a sacred number meant to bring happiness to the couple.

After the ceremony, all the guests and family members walk, in procession following the couple for the family photos. Now is when the bride takes off her hat. Japanese do not usually have physical contact or displays of affection in public, for you to take into consideration.

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