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  • African Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    here some of the African Wedding traditions and celebrations 1 Knocking on the Door Since marriage in African culture is considered the official joining of two families a large emphasis is placed on getting family permissions and blessings before the wedding In Ghana the groom requests permission through the custom of knocking on the door Bearing gifts he visits his potential in laws accompanied by his own family If his knock is accepted the families celebrate and wedding planning begins Or simply plan an outing like a brunch or dinner date to bring both families together before the wedding and begin forming family bonds 2 Jumping the Broom This tradition most likely originated with an African ritual in which a broom is used to demonstrate that all past problems have been swept away During slave days African Americans were forbidden to marry and live together so jumping over a broom was a formal and public declaration of the couple s commitment Today it has become very popular for African American couples to follow suit at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony The broom often handmade and beautifully decorated can be displayed in the couple s home after the wedding Check with local cultural institutions for broom makers and suppliers 3 Crossing Sticks In a lesser known tradition that also dates back to the slavery era African American couples demonstrated their commitment by crossing tall wooden sticks By crossing the sticks which represent the power and life force within trees the couple expresses a wish for a strong and grounded beginning If you decide to incorporate this tradition choose large branches from both of your families homes or from a place meaningful to you as a couple 4 Libation Ceremony Many African American couples incorporate a libation ceremony into their weddings as a way to honor their African ancestors Holy water or alcohol is poured onto the ground in each of the cardinal directions as prayers are recited to the ancestral spirits and names of those that have recently passed are called out The libation ceremony can also be used as an opportunity to honor the elders in a family asking them to pass on their wisdom and guidance 5 Tying the Knot In some African tribes the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass to represent their marriage To symbolize your own unity have your officiant or a close friend tie your wrists together with a piece of kente cloth or a strand of cowrie shells symbols of fertility and prosperity while affirming your commitment 6 Tasting the Four Elements In a ritual adapted from a Yoruba tradition the bride and groom taste four flavors that represent different emotions within a relationship The four flavors typically used are sour lemon bitter vinegar hot cayenne and sweet honey By tasting each of the flavors the couple symbolically demonstrates that they will be able to get through the hard times in life and in the end

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  • Armenian Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    We pride ourselves in being very responsive to customer needs and provide top notch Armenian Wedding limousine service and we have many returning clients that recommend our Armenian wedding limo service to their family friends and colleagues We include here some of the Armenian Wedding traditions and celebrations The Armenian wedding celebration begins the night before the ceremony when the groom s family brings beautifully wrapped gift boxes to the bride s family These contain the veil her shoes chocolate Armenian cognac perfume and flowers The bride s parents house is decorated and food desserts and family photos fill the tables Before the ceremony the bride s brother will place money in her shoe for good luck and he will place the bride s shoes on her feet Another fun shoe tradition is that the bride s single female friends write their names on the sole of her shoe as they get married the bride crosses off their names Before the bride s veil is placed on her head she circles the veil over the heads of the single women in her dressing room to bring them luck in finding a husband Then a happily married woman will place the veil on the bride s head to bring her marriage luck May you grow old on one pillow is one popular toast that can also be used as the theme of the wedding Print the phrase on invitations programs or engrave on a silver keepsake wedding favor for guests A traditional Armenian bride will wear a red silk gown and a cardboard headpiece that is shaped like wings and covered with feathers During the ceremony the god parents who must be an exemplary married couple act as witnesses The godfather must bring the most expensive gift and he takes the

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  • Chinese Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    traditions and celebrations The wedding date is picked carefully according to astrological signs and birthdates and the ceremony begins on the half hour to cement the couple s good fortune The night before the wedding day the bride is bathed in citrus infused water to cleanse her of evil influences Many modern brides change into three different outfits throughout the night The three dresses include a traditional white dress a traditional Chinese bridal dress for the tea ceremony and a cocktail dress to send off the guests The bridal headpiece is a phoenix crown made of kingfisher feathers and pearls with a red veil to shield her from the heaves until she reaches her groom s home The groom typically wears a blue dragon robe with a black silk coat and a black headpiece with red tassels On the day of the wedding the groom is typically placed through a series of tests or stunts by bridesmaids to prove his worth before he is allowed to pick up his future bride Traditionally he would carry out the stunts until he would present them with red envelopes of money When the bride arrives at the groom s home she is greeted by firecrackers and gongs and she will have to jump over an iron basin lit with charcoal to represent prosperity and keep evil spirits away If the ceremony is held outdoors consider presenting your guests with paper parasols or silk painted fans During a traditional tea ceremony the bride serves tea to her parents and her new in laws as a symbol of respect To update the tradition the groom can serve tea with his new bride The color red represents celebration and prosperity and the Chinese character xi or double happiness bestows the wish of a happy life for

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  • Czech Republican Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    limousine booking agents are ready to answer all your questions by phone email Facebook Twitter or you can also come to our office and discuss all the details in person We pride ourselves in being very responsive to customer needs and provide top notch Czech Republican Wedding limousine service and we have many returning clients that recommend our Czech Republican wedding limo service to their family friends and colleagues We include here some of the Czech Republican Wedding traditions and celebrations Traditionally the bridesmaids make a wreath of rosemary for the bride to wear it symbolizes the wish for wisdom love and loyalty In the Czech Republic the tradition of wearing something old something new something borrowed and something blue is strictly followed however the borrowed item must belong to a friend who is already married and the something old must be a family heirloom After the ceremony friends of the groom would hang a rope decorated by flowers ribbons and empty bottles The groom needed to pay his friends in order to pass through the rope and pay himself out of the sins of his youth Throwing rice at the newlyweds was a way to ensure fertility To start off the reception someone in the wedding party would break a plate at the feet of the bride and groom The newlyweds would then proceed to sweep the chips together to insure happiness and show a willingness to work together Another tradition to symbolize the couple s willingness to work together occurs during the dinner when the bride and groom share their soup with one spoon Towards the middle of the party the groomsmen will kidnap the bride and the groom must find her within a specific period of time otherwise he must buy her back from his friends to

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  • Dutch Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    needs and provide top notch Dutch Wedding limousine service and we have many returning clients that recommend our Dutch wedding limo service to their family friends and colleagues We include here some of the Dutch Wedding traditions and celebrations A wonderful Dutch custom that can be substituted for the guest book is to create a wedding wish tree At the reception a beautiful tree branch is placed next to the bride and groom s table and paper leaves attached to pieces of colorful ribbon are placed at each guest s place setting Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on their leaves which the bride and groom can then read and hang on the tree The bridal shower tradition actually originated in Holland where if a Dutch bride s father disapproves of her choice of a husband he would not offer her a dowry When this occurs the bride s friends would shower her with gifts of household items typically included in her dowry If the family approves the bride would receive a trousseau dowry from her parents and her future father in law would give her a chatelaine which consists of a chain or rope made of silver or leather that contained various items such as a pair of scissors a pincushion a needle case a small knife and a mirror Before the ceremony the bridesmaids would fill the bride s basket with green garlands and flowers as well as decorate the groom s pipe with garlands and ribbons The bride s house was painted green and the families would host a party where the couple would sit on a throne beneath pine trees as their guests came to bless them and wish them happiness During the ceremony the bride and groom walk on a bed of

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  • Filipino Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    your questions by phone email Facebook Twitter or you can also come to our office and discuss all the details in person We pride ourselves in being very responsive to customer needs and provide top notch Filipino Wedding limousine service and we have many returning clients that recommend our Filipino wedding limo service to their family friends and colleagues We include here some of the Filipino Wedding traditions and celebrations Traditionally the groom s family pays for the wedding and the grandparents act as the primary witnesses or sponsors The bride s gown is often custom made and both the bride and groom wear white It is bad luck for the bride to try on her dress before the wedding day and to wear pearl jewelry which is considered a bad omen The groom wears a sheer long sleeve button up shirt barong tagalog that is worn un tucked over black pants with a white t shirt underneath As in Spanish weddings the groom presents his bride with 13 gold pieces as a pledge of his dedication to his wife and the welfare of his children These are carried in by a coin bearer who walks with the ring bearer A white cord is draped around the couple s shoulders as a bond of infinite marriage and veils of white tulle are draped on the bride s head and groom s shoulders to symbolize two people clothed as one Another tradition that symbolizes the unity of the couple is the lighting of a unity candle by two separate candles held by the bride and groom to represent the joining of the two families and invoke the light of Christ The bouquet is not tossed and rather offered to a favorite saint the virgin or on the grave of a loved

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  • French Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    of the French Wedding traditions and celebrations The groom customarily walks his mother down the aisle before arriving at the altar to be married This is a lovely gesture that can be easily adopted and will surely elicit a collective aww from the audience The trousseau originated in France and it literally referred to a bundle of linens and clothing that the bride would take with her after the wedding which were stored in a hope chest that was hand carved by her father On the day of the wedding the bride would take a long bath to wash away any thoughts of previous lives or loves It is traditional for the groom to pick up his bride at her house and walk to the chapel Typically in small towns children block their path with white ribbons which the bride cuts to symbolize breaking through these obstacles A pre cursor to the modern veil may be a tradition that originated in France where the carre a square piece of silk fabric was held over the bride and groom s heads as they received the priest s final blessing in the ceremony to ward away descending malice and the bride would also wear a wreath of flowers on her head The traditional layered wedding cake originated in France but another common cake is called the croquembouche which is essentially a pyramid of crème filled pastry puffs covered in a caramel glaze These cakes probably originated from the Middle Ages when guests would bring small cakes or pastries and stack them in a pile If the bride and groom could kiss over the cakes without knocking them over then supposedly they would have a lifetime of prosperity Another fun tradition involves La Coupe de Marriage which is an engraved two handled cup

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  • German Wedding Limousine in NYC | Star City Limousine
    wedding custom occurs when the friends and family of the bride and groom create a wedding newspaper that is filled with pictures articles and stories of the engaged couple The paper is sold at the reception to assist with the honeymoon expenses For the invitations an official inviter who is dressed in fancy clothes with ribbons and flowers goes door to door to extend a personal rhyming invitation to the guests Guests accepted by pinning ribbons to his hat and offering him a drink or two If there were numerous invitations it usually took the inviter a couple days to get through all the houses Instead of wearing a veil German brides wear tiaras or flowery headbands and they also wear dresses with no trains After the ceremony the bride and groom must saw a log in half to symbolize overcoming life s tough challenges together and the guests throw rice at the couple It is said that whatever amount stays in the bride s hair is the number of children the couple will have As the couple makes their way to their car after the ceremony the path is laid with fir boughs to symbolize hope luck and fertility The hood of the wedding car is decorated with flowers and as the car procession drives through town they honk their horns and others honk back to wish the couple good luck The customary toast at the reception in Southern Germany is done with a brautbecher bridal cup which is a pewter or crystal cup in the form of a maiden holding a small cup above her Both ends of the cup the skirt and cup are filled with champagne or wine and the bride and groom drink their first toast from this cup at the same time signifying their

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