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Multicultural Nuptials


 

Heidi Richards Mooney of Eden Florist Talks about Multicultural Nuptials to Floral Management MagazineA few years ago Heidi Richards Mooney was interviewed by Floral Management magazine about the popularity of ethnic weddings in the United States, and how florists have been able to appeal to that market, in the cover story of its March 2007 issue. 

You can read more about it here: “Multicultural Nuptials.”

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Today is Ring Finger Day!


Did you know today is Ring Finger Day?

A little ring finger trivia: The custom of wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand was started by the Greeks in the 3rd century B.C. That tradition was started because physicians believed that a vein ran from this finger to the heart. They called this the “vein of love” and considered this the logical place to wear a ring symbolizing love. Although this was not the case, the custom has has been passed down for centuries and in most cultures is still considered the wedding ring finger.

In some countries and cultures it is the custom to where the wedding ring on the right hand. They include:  Colombia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and Venezuela.  In addition Orthodox Christians and Eastern Europeans (except for the Romanians)  traditionally wear the wedding band on the right hand. And althought the ring is placed on the right hand during the actual wedding ceremony, it is the Jewish custom to wear the wedding ring on the left hand.

RULES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE


rosesandrings1. Never both be angry at the same time.

2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.

4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly.

5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.

6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.

7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.

8. At least once every day try to say one kind or complimentary thing to your life partner.

9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.

10. It takes two to make a quarrel and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most talking.

You may download this document as a PDF at Marriage Rules

If you are getting married in South Florida, give Eden Florist a call at 954-981-5515 or visit our Website at www.EdenFlorist.com.

Carrying over the Threshold and Other Wedding Traditions


! Tying Shoes to the Back of the Car ~ This custom dates back to the Egyptians (again!). They would often exchange or trade their sandals when the possession was passed on to another. Therefore, when the father “gave” his daughter to the groom, he would also give him his sandals. Later the Romans would shower the happy couple with shoes as they left the ceremony. Thank goodness for cars, because today the custom is tying shoes to the back of a car as a symbol of good luck.
! Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold ~ Romans believed that if a bride stumbled when she entered her new home, it would be a sign that bad luck and a doomed marriage were inevitable. Carrying the bride over the threshold would prevent this from happening.
! The Weather ~ Some say that when it rains on your wedding day it will bring unhappiness, bad luck and tears. Other beliefs are that rain brings good wishes and will wash away all the couple’s troubles and woes.
! Marry on Monday ~ Some couples even believe that certain days of the week bring more luck than others and they will even consult an astrologer for advice on the best day to marry. This custom dates back to ancient China.
! Proposals on February 29 (Leap Year) ~ This dates back hundreds of years to Medieval England. According to English law, February 29 was not recognized as a real day and therefore it was “leapt over” or ignored. Since it was not a real day, it was assumed that traditions had no real status. Therefore, women who worried about never marrying took advantage of this “loophole” and did the proposing.
“Yes, is only the Beginning.” If you are planning a wedding this is the perfect Wedding planner for you – and it’s FREE!  Just leave a comment below and WE will email you the link to grab it.

weddingpic! Tying Shoes to the Back of the Car ~ This custom dates back to the Egyptians (again!). They would often exchange or trade their sandals when the possession was passed on to another. Therefore, when the father “gave” his daughter to the groom, he would also give him his sandals. Later the Romans would shower the happy couple with shoes as they left the ceremony. Thank goodness for cars, because today the custom is tying shoes to the back of a car as a symbol of good luck.

! Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold ~ Romans believed that if a bride stumbled when she entered her new home, it would be a sign that bad luck and a doomed marriage were inevitable. Carrying the bride over the threshold would prevent this from happening.

! The Weather ~ Some say that when it rains on your wedding day it will bring unhappiness, bad luck and tears. Other beliefs are that rain brings good wishes and will wash away all the couple’s troubles and woes.

! Marry on Monday ~ Some couples even believe that certain days of the week bring more luck than others and they will even consult an astrologer for advice on the best day to marry. This custom dates back to ancient China.

! Proposals on February 29 (Leap Year) ~ This dates back hundreds of years to Medieval England. According to English law, February 29 was not recognized as a real day and therefore it was “leapt over” or ignored. Since it was not a real day, it was assumed that traditions had no real status. Therefore, women who worried about never marrying took advantage of this “loophole” and did the proposing.

Excerpt from: “Yes, is only the Beginning.” If you are planning a wedding this is the perfect Wedding planner for you – and it’s FREE!  Just leave a comment below and WE will email you the link to grab it.

When choosing flowers for you wedding in South Florida be sure to give Eden Florist a call at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336, the shop voted BEST Florist in Broward County by the Herald 5 years in a row.  And Top Three florist in South Florida by WSVN Channel 7!

Even MORE Wedding Customs and Traditions


! Breaking Glass ~ Breaking the wineglass by stomping on it is a tradition, which reminds the Jews of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem among other meanings. Other beliefs include that the marriage will last until the glass is put together again, or last forever, or that the number of pieces it breaks into is a sign of haw many years the two will live together, or how many children they will have.
! Throwing the Garter ~ This practice began in France when the Bridal attire was considered lucky. Therefore, anyone who caught a piece of the Bride’s clothing could expect good fortune. In the USA, the groom removes the bride’s garter and throws it to unmarried men. The one who catches it is then thought to be the next to get married. This garter is placed on the bride’s right leg, just above the knee. Many brides will wear two garters, one to throw and one to keep.
! Tossing the Bouquet ~ This is a “spin-off” of throwing the garter that is practiced today. The single woman who catches the bouquet is thought to be the next to get married.
! Throwing Rice or Confetti ~ This practice began with the Pagans many centuries ago. It was believed that the throwing of rice or confetti on the Bride and Groom encouraged fertility and easier childbirth for the bride.
! The Wedding Cake ~ The wedding cake was originally a cake of wheat or barley, a custom that started with the Egyptians, who broke the cake over the bride’s head to invoke fertility.
! To the Left of the Groom ~ The bride standing to the left of the groom dates back to the days when the groom would capture his bride by “kidnapping” her. Should a battle with other men ensue, the groom would hold his soon-to-be wife with his left hand so his right hand would be free to use his sword, in order to defend himself and his bride.

tossthebouquetTossing the Bouquet ~ This is a “spin-off” of throwing the garter that is practiced today. The single woman who catches the bouquet is thought to be the next to get married.

! Breaking Glass ~ Breaking the wineglass by stomping on it is a tradition, which reminds the Jews of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem among other meanings. Other beliefs include that the marriage will last until the glass is put together again, or last forever, or that the number of pieces it breaks into is a sign of haw many years the two will live together, or how many children they will have.

! Throwing the Garter ~ This practice began in France when the Bridal attire was considered lucky. Therefore, anyone who caught a piece of the Bride’s clothing could expect good fortune. In the USA, the groom removes the bride’s garter and throws it to unmarried men. The one who catches it is then thought to be the next to get married. This garter is placed on the bride’s right leg, just above the knee. Many brides will wear two garters, one to throw and one to keep.

! Throwing Rice or Confetti ~ This practice began with the Pagans many centuries ago. It was believed that the throwing of rice or confetti on the Bride and Groom encouraged fertility and easier childbirth for the bride.

! The Wedding Cake ~ The wedding cake was originally a cake of wheat or barley, a custom that started with the Egyptians, who broke the cake over the bride’s head to invoke fertility.

! To the Left of the Groom ~ The bride standing to the left of the groom dates back to the days when the groom would capture his bride by “kidnapping” her. Should a battle with other men ensue, the groom would hold his soon-to-be wife with his left hand so his right hand would be free to use his sword, in order to defend himself and his bride.

“Yes, is only the Beginning.” If you are planning a wedding this is the perfect Wedding planner for you – and it’s FREE!  Just leave a comment below and WE will email you the link to grab it.

When choosing flowers for you wedding in South Florida be sure to give Eden Florist a call at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336, the shop voted BEST Florist in Broward County by the Herald 5 years in a row.  And Top Three florist in South Florida by WSVN Channel 7!

More Wedding Customs, Beliefs and Traditions


Here are a few more wedding traditions and customs for your big day…

Bridal Gown ~ Wearing white originated with Queen Victoria who went against tradition and had a white dress made for her ceremony. Up to that point, royalty wore silver and commoners wore blue. Blue was worn in ancient times because it was the symbol of purity. The Spanish tradition was to wear black silk dresses to symbolize devotion until death.
! Bridal Veil ~ Wearing a veil is thought to have originated long before the gown. Romans, very fond of pre-arranged marriages, covered the bride’s face with a veil so that the groom could not see her face. This was to keep the groom from backing out of the marriage if he did not like what he saw.  It is also thought that the veil signified protection from evil spirits that might be around on the wedding day.
! Bridesmaids ~ Ancient Egyptians believed that when a couple was to marry, evil spirits would come and ruin the atmosphere and joviality of the day with black magic and trickery. The Bridesmaids were very important to the Bride’s well being. Their function was to be clothed in similarly extravagant attire to confuse the evil spirits. Since the evil spirits couldn’t distinguish the bride from the maids they didn’t know whom to “pick on,” and would leave them alone.
! Bridal Flowers ~ If having Bridesmaids were not enough to ward off the evil spirits, the bride would carry pungent flowers and herbs to drive the evil spirits away. This tradition was expanded during Roman times by having the bride and groom wear garlands of flowers to signify their new life and the hope of a fertile union.! Bridal Gown ~ Wearing white originated with Queen Victoria who went against tradition and had a white dress made for her ceremony. Up to that point, royalty wore silver and commoners wore blue. Blue was worn in ancient times because it was the symbol of purity. The Spanish tradition was to wear black silk dresses to symbolize devotion until death.

weddingveil! Bridal Veil ~ Wearing a veil is thought to have originated long before the gown. Romans, very fond of pre-arranged marriages, covered the bride’s face with a veil so that the groom could not see her face. This was to keep the groom from backing out of the marriage if he did not like what he saw.  It is also thought that the veil signified protection from evil spirits that might be around on the wedding day.

! Bridesmaids ~ Ancient Egyptians believed that when a couple was to marry, evil spirits would come and ruin the atmosphere and joviality of the day with black magic and trickery. The Bridesmaids were very important to the Bride’s well being. Their function was to be clothed in similarly extravagant attire to confuse the evil spirits. Since the evil spirits couldn’t distinguish the bride from the maids they didn’t know whom to “pick on,” and would leave them alone.

! Bridal Flowers ~ If having Bridesmaids were not enough to ward off the evil spirits, the bride would carry pungent flowers and herbs to drive the evil spirits away. This tradition was expanded during Roman times by having the bride and groom wear garlands of flowers to signify their new life and the hope of a fertile union.

*Excerpt from

“Yes, is only the Beginning.” If you are planning a wedding this is the perfect Wedding planner for you – and it’s FREE!  Just leave a comment below and WE will email you the link to grab it.

When choosing flowers for you wedding in South Florida be sure to give Eden Florist a call at 954-981-5515 or 800-966-3336, the shop voted BEST Florist in Broward County by the Herald 5 years in a row.  And Top Three florist in South Florida by WSVN Channel 7!