Weddings in Armenia

Family is the most important social institute in Armenian society and the most valued thing for every Armenian. Knowing this every Armenian tries to create her or his family on strong foundations and traditions. The most amazing part of this is Armenian wedding. Though nowadays it’s not celebrated very traditional as in past, it is still the most important event in every family and for every couple. And our elder generation always tries to keep traditional elements in its organization and celebration. Regardless of anything it is always celebrated with great joy.

Armenian Wedding

Armenian Wedding

There are so many traditional ceremonies of Armenian wedding, that don’t know even from what to start Armenian couple begins to prepare for it much earlier of the ceremony date. First we start from the proposal. The groom asks the bride’s family for the bride’s hand: asking for permission. And only after the parent’s approval they start planning the wedding process. It’s a tradition that after asking the permission and getting the permission, the groom’s relatives visit the girl’s family with presents and sweets to confirm their union. Depending on family’s will this can be celebrated in a small group or in a really very big family with many relatives. Sometimes this is accompanied with official engagement. So after the most important step, the preparations start: The couple fixes the date of the ceremony. But the ceremony traditionally starts the day before the wedding. In groom’s and bride’s family preparations start with their own traditional activities. They decorate their houses and make some games connected with the bride’s shoes and non-married members of the families. Everybody is involved in some part of the wedding and everybody equally enjoys it. But of course the most interesting part of the wedding is the day of the wedding: the most important day for the couple. The groom comes to take the bride from her house, where they generally already started playing some music and congratulated the bride with the new beginning. The groom comes with musicians and relatives, who bring with them beautiful decorated baskets with presents. The process of the bride’s preparation is really like in fairy tales. Every element of the bride’s get is important and marked. Every moment is accompanied with interesting traditional procedure, saying, and act. For example, when the bride is already dressed, the closest male member of the family enters her dressing room / where she’s not alone / and helps her to dress her shoes. Then in one hand with the shoe he stands in the entrance of the room and makes / kidding/ the others to pay as to enter and see her. In some places non married girls or boys write their names on the shoes, so they get married the next or something different. The other important element is the bride’s veil. By tradition happily married women circles the veil over the head of the bride and bless her wishing good start or good family life. So the bride’s dressing room becomes a nice stage for traditional ceremonies full of lovely perfume and decorations.  After all these parallel preparation the families of the groom and the bright meet, usually they go to the groom’s house and after to the place where they will dance, sing and enjoy all night. Check out these videos

There are a lot of new ways of making this day special. It’s very popular here to invite professional photographers for fixing every nice moment of this important event. SO for this many couples visit different beautiful gardens , country-sides , sometimes they find more creative places such as stadium, metro, airplane….But the most important for all is the moment they go to the church in their beautiful dresses and get the blessing form the church. I do really love to watch wedding photos, they are full of life, happiness, there are so many expectations in their eyes…