It doesn’t matter what culture you come from, every single culture from across the globe has it’s own set of traditions for marriage and for weddings said by the Beirut local photographer who doing wedding photography in Lebanon. While some cultures may have similar traditions, others have many different traditions that sanctify the unity of a marriage way before an eventual celebration even occurs.
For many cultures, marriage is when a husband and wife stand before a crowd of people in front of a judge, priest or a group of witnesses pronouncing their love to one another while in other cultures, marriage has very little to do with a wedding but everything to do with the unification of two families. In Lebanese Wedding traditions, things are actually much different.
In fact, when discussing the wedding traditions of Lebanese you will be surprised to find that their wedding traditions start days before the actual marriage take place.
One of the fascinating things about Lebanese weddings is that just four days before the wedding, the bride has a primary responsibility to go on a stroll through the village showing her entire trousseau. After she has done this it is her duty to begin preparing for the next day which is considered the bride’s evening. It is during this time that the bride endures a body hair removal process which includes a wax of melted sugar and lemon. This is said to be a tradition that occurs in order to prepare the bride’s body for her groom. Once the wife has completed her evening of having her entire body waxed it is now time for the groom to have his evening which surprisingly is a bit different from the bride’s evening.
On the brink of the groom’s evening which is primarily held 2 days before the wedding, the groom is invited to sit on a throne. It is during this time that the groom is presented with lots of money and gifts from attendees. These are gifts that are used to not only commemorate but celebrate the upcoming nuptial of the new couple.
As festive as the days prior to the wedding have been, there are even more festivities and rituals that take place on the wedding day of the bride and groom. Prior to the wedding, the bride and her friends are expected to visit the village people while a cafe is prepared for the groom. If you are unfamiliar with a cafe, it is a celebration and escort of singing and dancing from the groom’s family and friends and it is said to be how guests bring the groom to his wife. Once the groom arrives at the bride’s house traditional vows are exchanged and then the bride and groom are escorted by the party back to the groom’s house with both families. Once inside, the bride is tasked with the responsibility to put a paste mixture over their door and the guests then put decorations and coins on the paste. Once the celebrating is over, guests are asked to wait outside until they receive proof that the union has been consummated.