Modern Armenian weddings, of course, are significantly different from those that were a hundred years ago. Of course, some traditions have remained unchanged and continue to be performed to this day. Nevertheless, modern life inevitably makes its own adjustments, and now the traditional wedding is “overgrown” with new and previously unknown customs. However, let us take it in order.
Features of Armenian weddings
A traditional Armenian wedding is certainly a magnificent and crowded celebration. Once, all relatives gathered at the wedding, even from neighboring districts, cities and villages. Moreover, such a holiday continued “seven days and seven nights”. The “godfather of the wedding” (“Qavor”) played an important role in the creation of a new family. As a rule, a close and respected couple was chosen as “godfather’s family”, which itself could serve as an example of family happiness. The “godparents” made the most expensive gift to the young couple, and they “parentally” supported the young couple in all matters in the future.
The main customs and rituals
Armenian wedding ceremonies included matchmaking, engagement, and actually the wedding. According to old traditions, the girl’s family would not immediately agree to give their daughter to the matchmakers: it was believed that it might seem, as they wanted to “get rid of the bride” as soon as possible. Of course, over time, many complex traditions have simplified. However, today you can meet the echoes of the past, when, for example, the bride’s brother demands a ransom from the groom’s family, blocking the way to the house with a large knife. One of the bridesmaids can “steal” the bride’s shoe. Here comes the turn of the “godmother” to pay the ransom. Moreover, when the newly-made mother-in-law meets the young, she puts a traditional Armenian bread lavash on their shoulders and treats them with honey so that family life is just as sweet.
Why is it worth organizing a wedding in Armenia?
Modern couples often organize wedding parties in restaurants or hotel complexes. Many institutions even have special halls designed specifically for weddings. At the same time, the wedding ceremony is often held in Etchmiadzin Mother Cathedral or in one of the largest churches of the capital cities, which in itself is a grandiose and impressive event. And finally, locals know how to really have fun and enjoy every moment of weddings. Do you want to feel the true spirit of Armenia and make your wedding day special? Then it’s definitely worth organizing it here.
Planning and organizing wedding events in Armenia
The services for organizing a wedding in Armenia are at a very good level. Many restaurants take on the organization of a wedding show, can provide musicians or a “tamada” – Toastmaster. However, there are many wedding planning agencies. Here you will be helped literally in all matters, starting with the choice of flowers and the bride’s dress and ending with the design of a wedding cake. By the way, local rates can surprise you, which is also important. It remains only to wish you good fun at a real Armenian wedding and let it be the beginning of long family happiness!