Jul 13, 2013
So this is "the look"...
Roseton by Saint Patrick with cathedral veil (pics from the fittings)
I will wear the veil for the church and then I will put a bow my mom made my from the fabric of the dress that was taken of when it was sortened.
My cousin will do my hair into a hight but that will look something like this..
I'm so in love with my white onyx necklace
I got 2 of them and gave the one to my uncle to make it into a bracelet
They do have a retro vibe don't they?
BUT because I will not be able to wear them all night long no matter how comfy they are, I needed a second pair. But I did not want to get flats because my dress was hemmed with me wearing the soues above and if I ake them off I will be 7 inches shorter and that will make me trip on my dress all night.
So I got pair that feels like I'm wearing flats but there are only 1 inch shorter
The problem is that those type of shoes don't "sit" on my feet very good and the annoying litlle srtap at the back slips of and *ggggrrrrrrrrr*
So I added a ribbon to make the shoe stay firmly on my feet! And they look cute too! (added bonous)
After the trial..
That's all folks!!
The common cup that is an essensial part of the ceremony and is a silver plattet goblet with vine leafs:
and the toasting flutes (the pic is from google but we got them from a local store and they have a maching serving set):
detail of the bottom
Now as I said, in Cyprus the bride's and groom's getting ready is a whole ritual on its own. Its done with tradisional mucic and part of it is that the bride and groom must be -I don’t know how to say it in English- must be “smoked”. Picture it like the incents being used to “cleanse the bad energies”. And it requires a silver set called “kapnistomerecha” were we put little charcoals and we burn olive leafs specially blessed by the church. These sets are usually passed down in a family and is only used in weddings. My aunt, my father’s cousin, has a set and we borrowed them for my wedding. I just polished them and they are ready!
We use the double one for the “smoking” and the tall one we put rose water that we spray on the guests hands.
I also borrowed the little silver plate the wedding bands will be placed...
(I could not get rid of all the tarnish from this one but I don't care)
UPDATE 24 June 2013:
I got the handmade traditional straw basket called "tsesto". We use this for the "dressings". It is covered with an embellished cloth and inside we place the brides/grooms shoes, the accessories, the perfume, the veil, anything that completes the bridal look and also the red cloth that I mentioned on a previous post. The basket is then held by the close friends that dance with it under traditional wedding music. Then the MOH puts the shoes and the veil and the accessories on the bride.
I also got some fans that we will give to the ladies that will attend the "dressings" to fight the heat.
And got the tray that with the thinks that will de used in the ceremony almost ready for the church
In it we place
1) the common cup,
2) a smal bottle of sweet red wine,
3) the stefana that will be placed on a pillow like the ring pillow in American weddings,
4) a silver plate for the wedding bands that have a piece of red ribbon tied on them
5) and a silver plate for the wedding bonbons (odd number) that also have a red ribbin. These are given to the single ladies after the ceremony and folklore tradition says that, if they put them under their pillow that night, they will dream who they will marry.
The tray is on display during the dressings and then is carried to the church by the mother of the bride.
FI's family has a cheese production business sooooo... We thought it would be nice to have a cheese wedding cake!!
Here’s some inspiration I found on Google..
It would also be nice to serve it so guest can have some cheese and fruits with their drinks after the dinner.
So I realy realy liked the idea of having an unusual guest book. I decided on going with an idea I saw somewhere on the web were they had a poster that the guest signed and then they could hang it in their house.
I thought that a painting would be nice and since I can paint… here it is!
The mockup: And the final painting:
I will have silver markers for the guest to sign..
I saw these on Etsy and I loved them!
I could not decide which one I liked the most plus they were expensive so I DIYed them...
I took a piece of lace. For the first design the piece I found was too wide so I trimmed it to the size I wanted.
I measured the garter on my leg to make sure it fits comfortably.
The lace was not elastic so a added a piece of blue elastic band.
I sewed the lace on the elastic and on a piece of tulle in order to give it a little “bone” To help it stand straight and then sewed some blue beads and.. voila!
Garter set #1: Garter set #2:
Ok so maybe not that professional but I love them and they cost just penny's
Our venue is called “Pavlicio Palace”. A bit tacky name but, ow well, it’s a nice hall. This is a very specific type of hall: A “wedding hall”.
There are a number of wedding halls across Cyprus and they are called like that because they are used mainly for open type weddings (see the post “planning a Big Fat Cyprus Wedding”). Hotels and other places are not an option for an open type wedding because they cannot accommodate large numbers of guests, plus, if they did, it would be very-very expensive. But wedding halls can accommodate a large number of guests, they don’t charge extra for linens, chair covers ect, and they are very affordable.
There are a few down sides to the whole deal such as that the menu most of the times is “fixed” so is a take it or leave it kinda thing and it’s always a buffet style dinner. And they are not very beautiful form the outside. They just look like big warehouses most of the times.
Our venue offers 5 salads, 6 appetizers (like olives, yogurt, tahini etc) and 10 hot choices that make the main meal, local frouts and local alcohol, all for the price of just 10€ per person.
No one makes a sitting arrangement in this type of halls so there is no need for a bride to stress over sitting arrangements, escort carts or any of that stuff.
The guests simply walk into the hall thought the decorated entrance, congratulate the couple that is standing at the end of the “entrance aisle”, go to the buffet, get served and sit wherever they like (except the heat table of course).
These are pics from our wedding hall. The decorated it in yellow for the needs of the photography, but every couple does its own decorations. In our wedding is will be just white with silver accents from the centerpieces I DIYed.