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RITUALS AROUND THE WORLD: JAPAN

Imagine a temple in gaudy colours… wonderful cherry blossoms… an ancient and evocative melody… Imagine the smell of tea… an intimate and solemn atmosphere…  bride and groom in kimono…                                                 Imagine a place whose culture, so suggestive and fascinating, inspired movies, theatrical works, books, that we all heard about. Well… if you’re imagining that… you’re already part of a Japanese wedding ritual!

Actually, because of the different cultures that coexist in Japan, there’s not an only ritual which is valid in all the country; however the shinto ceremony is one of the most common, austere and full of symbolism. Shinto wedding is celebrated in a temple, where the bride, hanayome, and the groom, hanamuko, sit together, in the middle of the room, in front of the minister. Near them just the nakōdo, an elderly couple of acquaintances with the function of mediator between the bride and groom’s family. Parents and relatives sit at the sides of the room, quite distant, while the other guests wait outside.

The culminating moment of the ceremony is the san-san-ku-do, literally “three-three-nine-times”, that consists in the exchange of nine cups of nuptial sake between bride and groom, who finally go to the sanctuary’s core in order to offer to the kami the sacred sakaki’s twig.

Another typical ceremony in Japan is the Tea Ceremony (cha no yu – “hot water for tea”), a ritual created in XVI century by the Buddhist Zen monk Sen no Rikyū, which consists in the preparation and presentation of matcha, green tea that is pulverized and blended with hot water using chasen, a specific bamboo whisk.

This ceremony is usually divided into three moments: kaiseki, light meal eaten before tea; koicha, thick tea; usucha, light tea, the only moment that is generally celebrated because the entire ceremony would be too long. The usucha is celebrated by a geisha who prepares tea following and elaborated code of etiquette, and then offers it to the bride, the most important guest, to the groom, and in the end to the other invites.

The uniqueness of these rituals is emphasised by the traditional clothing of the bride and the groom. The groom wears the aori kahama, the samurai’s long pleated skirt with the black kimono-jacket. The bride wears instead the shiromaku, a sumptuous white kimono in brocade, symbol of pureness and availability to start a new life, meaning underlined also by the white hat, called tsuno-kakushi, wore upon the hairpiece.

This is just a part of the wonderful wedding traditions in Japan. If you’re interested to receive more info, contact me on e-mail or facebook!

I’ll be expecting you next month with a new ritual around the world 🙂

Big hug!

Well…

体に気をつけてね

Desirée – wedding planner

desi.piazza24@gmail.com

 

 

 

Images from: Pinterest

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COLOURED IS THE NEW WHITE: WEDDING SHOES TREND 2018

White, synonymous of candour and purity, is the traditional and classic bride’s ideal colour. However the total white next year won’t be a trend anymore, especially for what concerns bridal shoes. For a modern and original look, coloured, alternative and peculiar footwear is preferred, that the brides can reuse in other events or special occasions.

For the women with a delicate taste and a vintage/boho style, we suggest pastel nuances, in particular pale pink (a colour proposed also for the new wedding dresses), embellished with jewels, bright rhinestone or lace; which alternate with the romantic gold or silver shades, for a fascinating timeless look.

The model of White collection by #VeraWang is wonderful: a twisted satin peep-toes, decorated with a chiffon flower, available in blush or ivory.

The Bridget 85 by #JimmyChoo are also gorgeous but more traditional: platinum ice dusty glitter round toe pumps, which magnificently work just as well with jeans as they do with sharp tailoring.

The rock and alternative brides may prefer footwear with vibrant, intense tones, in order to create an eccentric look and to make it entangling and captivating. For the women with a “dark soul” the black shoe is probably the best choice, even because black is getting a discrete success for the wedding dresses too.

The “comfortable solution” is the most appreciated, in fact the brides will avoid exaggerated heels, leaving space for more moderate, but refined and elegant, heights. Sandals, decolleté and lace up, so fashion recently.

The brides allergic to any kind of heel who can’t renounce to originality, may opt for personalized sneakers or converse with white tulle or satin bow, beads, tags; as an alternative to the classical ballerina flat, that remain a certainty anyway, most of all in case of “uncomfortable” locations.

Moreover, they’re both flat shoes, so they’re ideal for a look change, when the bride wants to go wild with her guests or simply to return feet on the ground after a very long and tiring day…but always with style!

No matter what your choice is, it is it would be better to match the coloured shoe model with the tones chosen for the wedding, in order to create an harmony with all the elements that will surely make perfect your big special day!

Desirée – Wedding planner

desi.piazza24@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Images by: Pinterest, David’s Bridal and Jimmy Choo official website