Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Something Borrowed

OK, I thought about making a "something new" post, but I feel as though I don't need to insult your intelligence, dear readers. Ideally, the "something borrowed" should come from a happily married woman, so as to borrow not only her belonging, but her good fortune. I think so long as you are borrowing from someone you are close to, you'll be in good shape.

Veils are one of the easiest things to borrow. Ask around and see if any friends or family memebers have something that would work with your dress. If your gown is simple, an antique veil would be gorgeous, so ask your mother, mother-in-law, or grandmother if theirs can be used. You would be surprised what a talented seamstress can restore.

Can't afford a diamond pendant or diamond chandelier earrings, but you'd love to be wearing some the day of? Borrow from a relative or good friend. I don't think they would feel taken advantage of, and would surely be flattered you thought of them. I'm even working with a bride who has a great relationship with a local jeweler and he is letting her borrow anything in the store. I need to know how to find a friend like that!

Carrying a bible down the aisle is a tradition that dates back several centuries. Have a close relative loan you a family bible, or even borrow one from the church you grew up in. Your florist can create a romantic spray of flowers to rest atop the bible, so you will still have a bouquet. If your are Catholic, borrow a rosary from someone and have your florist incorporate it into your bouquet.


Stephanie said...

One of my best friends works for a jeweler, and she was able to borrow a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings for her wedding - worth 40K. I was charged with getting them back to the store the next day...way to make me nervous!

Libby said...

One of my sorority sisters is getting married and she is asking some of her best friends in the sorority to lend her their badges for her wedding day. She is going to pin them to the ribbon wrapped around her bouquet.

Expressjodi said...

Fertility Rituals

Marriage is one of the biggest fertility rituals Known in Indian culture. When two people get married. they are said to enter grihasta ashram where they are expected to bear children. satify their sexual urge, earn money and follow religious practices. Hindu marriages profess the idea of coming together of the energies and paving way to a new creation.

Offering of Grains

Throughout India, one thing that remains common to all communities is offring of grains in wedding ceremony. Mostly rice, puffed rice or whole grains, these grains are fed to the sacred fire in different ceremonies.

Importance of Shiva's Bael leaves

Holy Bael leaves are proffered in several ceremonies before the wedding and after it. In many communities in india, before the wedding day arrives, Bael leaves are placed in earthen pots which are topped with different kinds of cereals. After the wedding, the sprouted seedlings are then released in a flowing river or a pool. This ritual is performed to invoke blessings of Lord Shiva upon the married couple and pray for their progeny.

Vishnu's pious Lotus

As per mythology, at the time of creation of the universe, while lord Vishnu was pondering over the creation of mankind, a pious lotus rose out of his navel. On that lotus was seated Lord Brahma who paved way to the creation and illumination of the universe. Thus, lotus remains symbolic of procreation, birth and fertility. It is Therefore, offered during wedding puja to the gods to confer potency upon the couple. Also, At the time of a Hindu wedding, the bride and the groom are given the stature of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu because they represent the eternal companionship and exemplify how a relationship between husband and wife should be.

Nose ring

Usually seen as a piece of accessory, almost all brides sport nose ring on their wedding day. In some communities, girls are told to get their nose pierced before they tie the knot.

Sacred coconut rituals

Across India, since time immemorial coconut has enjoyed its association with human fertility in a sacrosanct manner. In Gujarat, there is a ritual of bride presenting a coconut in a customary way to the groom at the time of the marriage. Here coconut is symbolic of the progency of the couple that the bridegifts the groom. Of all the fruits, coconut is most closely related to human skull because of the three marking on its base that resemble human facial features.

The mantras of virility

During saat pheras in a Hindu marriage, there are several mantras that are chanted for progency of the couple. While the first phera is for a long lasting companionship, in the second Phera, "Kutumburn rakshayishyammi sa aravindharam", the bride promises the groom that she will fill his with love and will bear children of him.

The History

There was a time when potency was considered as the be all and all of all activities. The earliest ritual of fertility among Hindus can be dated back to the Harappan civilization where it has been discovered that people worshipped clay figurines of a mother goddess who represented fertility. Several phallic symbols representing gods in sitting position wearing bull's horns (Bull being a universal symbol of male potency) have also been found at the sites of indus Valley Civilization. As the world evolved and ancient civilizations paved way to the modern societies, marriage started being considered as a mandatory ceremony before women could conceive. Also, the idea of marriage was propelled by the thought of having the family legacy move ahead; so that families could get heirs.