The Best Places to Travel for Marriage

What if you love to travel and feel hopeless about wanting to get married? If you want to imitate them here you can discover yourself 10 rites around the world:

Armenian Rite of Marriage

Armenia is not a touristy destination. The hair of the bride is adorned with a kind of coated wings of white feathers. The groom comes to the altar after crossing an arch of flowers. When the ceremony ends two white doves are released. At the banquet guests throw coins to the bride, though supposedly not too vigorously to prevent accidents.

Balinese wedding rite

The complexity of this type of ceremony is that you can only do on the paradise island of Bali and the sea, you see two requirements of the most romantic. The bride and groom wear white robes and spruce are brought to the altar through a path of flower petals or on the back of an elephant. There is a feast with plenty of food and Balinese dance all night.

Celtic wedding rite

It is celebrated in places like Ireland or Scotland, but also in Galicia. It is usually at some holy place of nature, always outdoors. A circle around the couple decorated with flowers, stones and other natural elements are created. The druid is in charge of blessing that circle, gifts are exchanged, and fertility requests are made.

Hindu wedding ritual

In India tradition demands arranged marriages, although today there are many couples in India who marry after falling in love. In the big cities there are matrimonial sections in the newspaper, where families put ads describing the perfect candidate. It is customary to hold them in May-June. The celebration lasts several days amidst music, songs and exchange of rings.

On the first day the bride is adorned by family with henna. On the second day the couple is prepared for marriage separately. On the third day after several rituals and lots of music, the couple moves seven times around the fire. Then the groom puts a necklace of white and red roses and sprinkled with red powder on the bride.

The bride's family takes care of all expenses, and provides a dowry. After the wedding, the bride goes to live with her husband and in-laws.

Jewish wedding rite

Israel and the United States are the two destinations with more Jews and excellent places to observe this type of wedding. Families draw up the conditions of marriage, the wine is blessed, the rings are verified. They recite the Hare at Mekudesht, reads the Ketubah and proceeds at 7 blessings. Surely you have seen in many films as a glass is broken after the ceremony.

Maya wedding rite

In Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador you can see the Mayan marriage rituals. This is a ceremony in which vows and rites are exchanged and is officiated by a shaman. The parties honor Mother Earth on an altar on which should be represented the four cardinal points. The offerings are also very important, especially corn and cocoa beans.

Muslim wedding rite

Before the ceremony the groom cannot see the bride. Everything about the ceremony is enshrined in the Qur'an that explains all the steps to seal the marriage contract. The bride must be accompanied by their parent or guardian and two Muslim witnesses. After marriage, the party is typically transferred to the house of either party or a local to celebrate. The party can last several days or weeks.

Shinto wedding rite

On our trip to Japan we were able to witness one while visiting a shrine. To have a wedding, the couple must know each other. one option is using a Miai, a traditional custom in which two unmarried people meet with a view to a possible marriage. Miai candidates are judged by a set of criteria of education, income, occupation, physical attractiveness, religion, social status and hobbies. Many women seek a stereotypical husband with three attributes of height, high salary and career.

A Nakodo, which is usually a relative or friend, plays the role of intermediary between families in the process of miai. Its functions are to bring prospective candidates and families together. The initiative for a miai usually comes from parents who feel that their son/daughter in marriage age has shown little or no interest in dating. Parents often plan miais with other families sending a photo to a future spouse or intermediary.

The potential partner and family will meet with Nakodo to examine the candidates. This has photographs and a history that includes name, age, health, education and occupation. If all the criteria are acceptable, there will be an informal meeting between the pair, Nakodo, and parents of both parties. Towards the end of the meeting, the couple will spend time alone to know each other better.

If the initial miai is successful, the couple will get three appointments alone, that's when they decide to marry or not. If the decision is positive they will go through a formal process known as miai Kekkon marriage in which a commitment ceremony organized by the groom's family is organized. If they decide not to marry the proposal is rejected with a small loss of honor by the party refused.

Before marriage each one is with the family and wears traditional regalia. The traditional ceremony (Shinzen shiki) is held at a Shinto shrine. The favorite is the Meiji Jingu Temple in Tokyo, to which only the closest relatives attend the wedding. In the sanctuary every family sits aside.

The slogan is sobriety and solemnity. There is no expression of joy and happiness, which is reserved for the after party. First come the guests and family of the couple, then the couple where the bride enters her mother's hand and leaves her mother hand. The ceremony begins with a prayer in classical Japanese and later the couple exchanged the "Juzu", an old rosary and then rings.

The most important moment of the ceremony is when they drink the "San San Kudu" which means Three-Three-Nine, representing Heaven, Earth and humans. It is the moment that symbolizes the union of the couple with the gods. Three cups used for this occasion called "sakazuki" and drunk in three gulps. The number nine is three times the number three, which is the sacred number and its meaning is to bring happiness to the couple. After the ceremony the bride takes off the hat and her hair looks gorgeous.

It is noteworthy that Japan is a culture where respect and sobriety prevails and that is why physical contact and displays of affection are very slim. Brides wear the "shiramuko", a white silk kimono and are characterized lead head covered by a circular cap (Wataboshi) or a kind of headdress (tsuno-kakushi) serving to cover jelousness to his mother.

More traditional brides paint the face white as a symbol of virginity and purity. Grooms wear the "montsuki" a black kimono. Another feature of this culture is that the couple can choose the style of their ceremonies without their own religion. When the invitation is received at a Japanese wedding, the receiver has to return with the answer.

In addition the guests have to carry cash, which will give as a gift that day and be in a special envelope called "shugi-bukuro" with the sender's name written on the front. The amount will depend on the relationship with the couple. The amount to give should always start with an odd number, because the Japanese when they marry seek union and not divide things between two.

Zulu wedding rite

If you are in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique you can resort to the rite of Zulu wedding. The ceremony is full of dances and songs accompanied Zulus air kicks and jumps. There is plenty of food and ends when the bride giving the dowry to the groom's family.

The Joker: Las Vegas

No need to tell you how it ends one of the most famous scenes from Hangover right? If you do not like any of the above rituals or you always like Las Vegas getting married in Sin City can be good, nice, cheap and fun. Anything goes in Las Vegas.

The best places in the world for your destination wedding


Bali is the most recognized of all 17,500 islands that make up Indonesia. Its pristine beaches have witnessed the union of many famous couples around the globe. The ceremony is full of flowers, colors and costumes own Indonesians in a beautiful ritual where elephants can be involved and canoes.

Ice Hotel:

Marriage in a hotel in these conditions is literally a dream wedding. Of course, if we think in real life keep in mind that you and your partner should be prepared to say yes in several degrees below zero.

There are several like the Kakslauttanen (Finland), the Snow Hotel (Norway), Ice Hotel (Sweden), Hôtel de Glace (Canada), etc. Their weddings usually include a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer and a wedding night in a real igloo, where the couple will need to get too hot to "survive".

Riviera Maya:

Marrying in rites of the ancient Mayan culture is something that each year becomes stronger. A wedding in Rivira Maya is a whole symbolism where it honors Mother Earth offering corn and cocoa, and where the cardinal points are also considered part of the guests. It is customary to drink balche for being considered a sacred drink.

Punta Cana:

It is one of the most popular destinations (meeting all Dominican Republic in general) for a wedding. Its beautiful beaches, friendly people and burning parties are suitable for any couple, especially those from culturally more "cool" places like Europe. Only in Punta Cana you can experience a reception with something as Western as a carriage accompanied by something as Latin and salsa bands.


A setting sun, lulled by the warm waters. From intense beaches, cliffs and magical Caribbean landscapes to the best way to relax and enjoy the most in your hotel. It is a pleasure to refresh in the tropical forest. Immerse yourself in the lagoons that hide in the river. Stopping for a few minutes under the falls may be the perfect choice for relaxing. Go up to the beginning of the waterfall and sit down to contemplate the intense landscape to be discovered before your eyes.

In a magical historic cliff beside being one of the natural jewels of Jamaica, Lover's Leap is the birthplace of legends as authentic as the lush vegetation that will surround you from start to finish. There are many ways to define the intense beauty of Caribbean beaches. Especially in the northern part of the country. Runaway Bay embraces a host of beautiful beaches that will make your life bliss. Choose the one you like and let your partner caress the crystal clear turquoise waters before making the big question.

In a natural area of infinite beauty as are the Blue Mountains, Jamaica's green lung. Perdeos by green paths surrounded by an incredible biodiversity. This wonder is home to the most precious Jamaican well: Blue Mountain coffee. Yeah, well, I like challenges, you can climb the Blue Mountain Peak, the highest point of the mountain range.

Why not try on a charming city? Ocho Rios can be ideal for your partner. Enjoy a quiet walk along the harbor, exotic wildlife or a tour of the "Goldeneye" estate, known to fans of the series James Bond. Initiate the dance that will lead to eternal happiness at sunset to the rhythm of reggae. Any time beside your partner will be unique. And that's what really matters.

Destination weddings, advantages of marrying abroad

Yes, you save money

It is very likely that the first thing that puts you off to make your wedding abroad is that it seems more expensive than a traditional ceremony. The truth is that, contrary to what you think you can save money. Remember that simply having fewer guests means considerable savings in reception.

On the other hand, unlike a traditional wedding where expenses for space, decorations, time, reception, among other things, destination weddings usually have a pack all-inclusive, which is offered by some agencies trips that offer different packages according to your interests.

Kill two birds with one stone

y this we mean that the destination you want for your wedding can be the same as you choose for your honeymoon. That means another cut in spending. Rest assured that a destination wedding is your best alternative.


Max Coutinho said...

Hi Kalyan,

Thank you so much for this delight! I love wedding rituals and no doubt Bengali wedding ceremony is one of the most beautiful ones. I love the garments

I see that Bengalis also take seven rounds around the groom: the Jewish bride (kallah) also walk seven times around the groom (khatan) under the chuppah (the canopy) as a symbol of the start of a new life.

Wedding rituals are a good way to engrave in the minds of the bride and groom the intrincacy of getting married: marriage can be as beautiful, as magical, as complex, as time consuming, as long (and I mean long) and tiresome as wedding ceremonies lol...but it is all worth it when we choose the right life-partner.


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ashok said...

never seen a Bengali wedding...

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

What a wonderful woman and a fantastic picture. Gorgeous.
Have a nice weekend, Kalyan.

ladyfi said...

Wow - everything is so beautiful: the food, the clothes and especially those hennaed hands.

venus66 said...

A very colourful ceremony. Thank you for sharing.

Rajesh said...

Very informative on the custom.

Leovi said...

Delicious and I love this picture and the feelings it conveys. That girlfriend is very pretty.

lisa said...

This is a truly magnificent image.
Beautifully captured!

Kala said...

Thank you for sharing theses images and for the narrative surrounding this elaborate and beautiful ceremony.

Kungsfiskaren said...

Greetings from sweden

nityakalyani said...

Hi Kalyan, Thanks for posting the rituals. I feel it is very similar to our Iyer weddings in the South.

Firas said...

Great info :)


Balvinder ( Neetu) said...

Hi Kalyn, Although I have a force background and had Bengali friends but never got a chance to attend Bengali wedding. You have taken me through the whole celebration. Glad you showed me your blog.keep in touch.

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