10 Traditional Wedding Gifts from Around the World

10 Traditional Weddings Gifts from Around the World

No matter where you are in the world, weddings are always something to celebrate. While there are numerous wedding traditions out there, giving a gift is universal. If you are making an appearance at a wedding, plan to bring them a gift to celebrate their new life together as newlyweds.

As the US is well-known for going over the top with gift-giving and piling up registries for wedding events, other countries don’t always have the same traditions. The idea of handing a loved one a gift that has meaning behind it can be so much more memorable than handing over money or a gift card. Why not incorporate wedding gift traditions from around the world while doing so?

For instance, Sudan women wear perfume to signal to men they are taken. Gifting a nice bottle of perfume to bring this tradition to light can spruce up the room as well as add to their amazing perfume collection. 

The old French, for another example, would bring a trunk of expensive lingerie or linen. While this custom is no longer commonplace, the act of giving vintage linens is still considered a classic cash alternative. You can gift brand new linens or ornate vintage sheets that are already soft from years of use. 

Zola created a visual below for you to discover more wedding gift traditions from around the world. 

10 Traditional Wedding Gifts from Around the World

Dancing into the Night Ballet Wedding

Zara met Daniel four years ago when he came to dance at her ballet school in Canberra. Daniel decided to propose to her on Christmas day. Zara got very excited because she was expecting Daniel to say he bought them a dog. However, when he got down on one knee and popped the big question, she cried, laughed, and jumped into his arms. I suppose it makes up for the lack of dog that Christmas!
The wedding was inspired by their latest trip to Italy after they fell in love with the Tuscan countryside. They chose The Stones venue because it reminded them of Italy. Their wedding color palette featured soft rose pink and rose gold.
After having tracked down the designer Zara found on Pinterest, she had her two gorgeous gowns made by a designer in Russia. Having only contacted through email and not being able to try it on, it worked out well! The stunning gowns feature soft tones of pink and a milk lace overlay, and the quality of the fabrics were divine.
To all the shoe lovers, take a peek at the breathtakingly gorgeous heels by Ralph and Russo, featuring glistering filigree rose gold leaves that spiral up the back of the heels.

Wedding feature thanks to: Giant Invitations
Photographer: Rick Liston
Florist: Victoria Whitelaw
The Dresses: Milva Russia
Shoes: Ralph and Russo
Ceremony venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley (Chapel)
Reception venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley (the Barn) 
Cake: Miss Lady Bird Cakes, Melbourne

Eye-Catching Wedding Color Combos for Your Fall Wedding

If you want to make your wedding stand out, choosing a unique color palette is a great place to start. Autumn is the perfect season for experimenting with different colors, and there are all sorts of combos that are eye-catching, sophisticated and appropriate for fall weddings. While foliage-inspired shades of orange, red and yellow are the most common options for this time of year, there are all sorts of other palettes to choose from. Here are a few combos that are sure to get lots of attention for all the right reasons. 
Dove Gray and Silver
Pairing dove gray and silver screams sophistication. This color palette is perfect for ushering in cooler weather, and it works especially well late in the fall. Shimmering silver paired with soft gray creates a subtle, monochromatic look that is absolutely magical. To add even more sparkle, consider jewelry and accessories made from silver freshwater pearls or celestial quartz. Either option would look stunning with this color combination. 
Purple, Orange and Burgundy
When you want to use a traditional fall colors like orange but make it more your own, consider pairing it with rich shades of purple and burgundy. This color combination is reminiscent of a vineyard, and it’s a lovely and vibrant option for fall weddings. It pairs well with both rustic and modern themes and sets a unique mood. 
Yellow, Beige and Cinnamon
Yellow, beige and cinnamon work well together for elegant autumn weddings. This color combination has a regal vibe that is undeniably sophisticated. It works especially well when used along with traditional wedding elements, such as formal table settings with place cards and chargers, a large tiered cake, etc. Tie the entire look together with seasonal fall flowers, like sunflowers, black-eyed Susans or mums. 
Dusty Rose and Sage Green
A gorgeous fall wedding color palette doesn’t have to be complicated. Dusty rose and sage green are two simple colors that complement each other and are perfect for autumn weddings. It’s one of the more simple palettes on this list, but it’s also one of the more elegant. Sage is a neutral color that’s incredibly easy to work with, and rose shades are always associated with love and romance. Combining these two colors results in a beautiful and romantic aesthetic that is simple yet incredible. Rose quartz gemstones are the perfect choice for jewelry for brides who choose this color scheme. 
Pineapple Yellow and Cardinal Red
Want to create a bold look for your fall wedding? Consider pairing vivid shades like pineapple yellow and cardinal red. This look works best if you use yellow as the primary color and red as the accent. In fact, you only need a few pops of red here and there to make a big impact. When used together, these colors are cheerful and impressive. This color palette works best for more casual, relaxed weddings. If you are going for a more formal look, you may want to choose shades that are a bit more subdued. 
Maroon and Dusty Yellow
If you spend most of your summer counting down the days until the start of apple-picking season, sweater weather and pumpkin spice lattes, maroon and dusty yellow is probably the wedding color palette of your dreams. These colors are reminiscent of the changing leaves in a way that is incredibly elegant and sophisticated. If you go with this color palette, consider serving up fall favorites like caramel apples and hot cocoa at your reception. After all, a cozy color scheme like this one deserves to be topped off with a cozy reception! 
Burnt Orange and Navy Blue
When you are planning a formal wedding, orange may not be the first color that comes to mind. If you use it the right way, though, it can brighten up a sophisticated look. The key is not to overdo it. When pairing burnt orange and navy blue, navy should be the primary color. Save the orange for accents in your bouquet, the groomsmen’s bowties, etc. You can also add pops of orange to your invitations, your cake and your décor. Just be careful. A little bit of burnt orange can go a long way. Overdoing it can kill your formal vibe. 
Royal Blue and Yellow
This color combo has become extremely popular for fall weddings in recent years. It is perfect for casual outdoor weddings and pairs exceptionally well with sunflowers or yellow mums. The royal blue and yellow color combination is great for creating a rustic or country feel. If you want to glam it up a bit, consider replacing the yellow with gold. This simple change can transform a rustic outdoor wedding into a full-blown formal affair. 
Navy, Gold and Eggplant
When you pair rich hues like eggplant and navy with gold, you get a color palette that exudes elegance. With this palette, you can transform any venue into a space that Gatsby himself would love. If you want to create some old-world charm, consider adding a few different metals, such as copper, into the mix. You can also make this palette even more glamorous by incorporating gemstone beads into your jewelry and décor. 

No matter what your style may be, there are all sorts of amazing color palettes to choose from when planning a fall wedding. Consider your personal favorites and the look that you and your future spouse are trying to create. The palettes listed above are just a few of the many eye-catching options. You can also mix and match to create your own color combo that is as unique as you are. 
Guest post by Brenda Kimble.

Swan Lake Ballet Bridal Styled Shoot

Taking inspiration from the alluring ‘Swan Lake’ theme, the shoot features a professionally trained ballerina dancing into the night, transitioning from a black feathered gown into a grandiose white feathered ball gown.

This styled shoot, ‘Eternal Love,’ was breathed to life in the ‘Parisian Salon,' which boasts exquisite French interiors and 17th-19th century prestigious designer antiques.

Created in collaboration with the very best in the industry, you'll find breathtaking Alin Le’ Kal couture SS19 designs debuted at Paris Fashion Week, designer shoes by one of the world’s leading luxury shoe designers Sophia Webster, and renowned bejewelled crowns by Victoria Novak.


Vendor List: 

Photography/Art: Sephory Photography
Gowns: Alin Le’ Kal
ShoesSophia Webster
CrownsViktoria Novak
InvitationsAdorn Invitations
Flowers: Chloe Lashay Floristry
Jewelry: Temelli Jewellery 
Skincare: LUIERE 
Makeup: Suzy Sela
Hair: Coco Mane 
Cake: Mary Eats Cake 
Ballerina/Model: Darcie Keil
Venue: Anton Venoir Interiors

6 U.S. Honeymoon Getaways for Nature Lovers

The vows have been exchanged, the cake has been served and the guests have danced the night away. Now it’s time to get away and celebrate your love together as newlyweds.

When planning the honeymoon, there can be a lot of pressure to pick the most beautiful, exotic destination, but there are dozens of amazing places to explore right here in the U.S. If you and your spouse are the adventurous type, you can focus your honeymoon around hiking the breathtaking summits of the Grand Tetons or visiting Dewees Island, South Carolina, for a scenic kayaking trip through the barrier island’s marshland.

Sure, jetting off to Europe sounds great, but staying within the country means you can get to your destination quicker, more easily and spend extra time to celebrate with your special someone. Here are some of our favorite nature-centric honeymoon destinations in the country. 

Dewees Island, South Carolina

Located within 20 minutes of downtown Charleston, S.C., Dewees Island is a barrier Island off Isle of Palms Beach. It can only be accessed by boat, so you do need to catch a ride on the ferry (or ride in on your own boat if you live close by and are looking to make a grand entrance). Once you arrive on Dewees Island, you’ll discover golf carts designated for each property on the island. Simply hop in your ride and head to your rental, which you’ll find unlocked and ready for you. 

Visiting Dewees Island is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon because you have the option to unwind in your private rental or explore the many activities on the island like kayaking, crabbing and swimming. On this uber-exclusive island, you’ll find every kind of property rental from treehouse-like cabins to oceanfront villas. During your stay, you can plan to hitch a ride on the ferry back to the mainland and spend time visiting Charleston, S.C., a charming southern town named Best City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler for eight consecutive years

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Coastal getaways are great for relaxing and embracing marine wildlife, but exploring the mountainous regions of the Northwest can be exhilarating for newlyweds looking to get really active. Part of the Rocky Mountain Range, the Grand Tetons are arguably some of the most beautiful natural formations in the entire country. 

The sharp, jagged peaks of the range seem like a green-screened movie backdrop until you’ve spent several hours climbing up to the summit. For newlyweds that love hiking, a trip to this area of the country will give you a new appreciation for the beauty of our country and allow for plenty of quality time together exploring a grand new landscape.

Big Sur, California

If you’re dreaming of a week spent on the shore, consider checking out the west coast and witnessing the cerulean blue of the Pacific Ocean. For avid hikers and campers alike, Big Sur is usually at the top of the bucket list. Why not spend your first week as newlyweds exploring this monumental stretch of the California coast. 

If you’re planning to travel to Big Sur, the closest airport is 30 miles away in Monterey. Of course, you can take a taxi or Uber to your destination, but you might want to consider renting a car and driving along some of the famous Highway 1. In Big Sur, there are dozens of options for camping and hiking, but you can also travel just a few hours in either direction to experience even more of what California has to offer. If you are interested in camping for a few nights, be sure to book your spot well in advance as the official campsite in Big Sur fills up months in advance.

Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Few landscapes are more romantic than the serene marshes that surround the barrier islands of South Carolina. Seabrook Island is a secluded area just outside of Charleston surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Edisto River, giving visitors a chance to explore both the freshwater and saltwater bodies of the region.

Honeymooning on Seabrook allows newlyweds a chance to escape the commotion of everyday life and relax in private cottages, homes or condos. For wildlife enthusiasts, there are plenty of opportunities to observe the island’s native species, including red fox, otters, white tail deer and dozens of reptiles. Spend your honeymoon lounging on the shore to the sound of crashing waves or embark on a horseback riding excursion along the beach. While you’re in the area, be sure to plan on visiting Charleston, S.C., for a taste of southern history. 

Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada

The shores of Lake Tahoe stretch across the borders of California and Nevada, covering more than 190 square miles. Though every part of the lake promises gorgeous scenery and a laid-back atmosphere, Secret Cove beach (located on the Nevada side) is one of the best places to visit on your honeymoon. Here, the water resembles the clear, bright blue of the Caribbean and the shore is surrounded by majestic views of the mountains in the distance.

If you prefer to travel to the California side of the lake, there is a nearly endless list of places you can visit. On the southern end of the lake, you’ll discover Emerald Bay State Park, another highly cherished area. Venture through the crystal clear waters on a kayak or paddle board before exploring the many nearby hiking trails. You can opt to stay in a cozy, romantic cabin or let your adventurous side shine through and camp near the lake. 

Zion National Park, Utah

Southern Utah is a hidden gem of a region with one of the most unique landscapes in the entire country. If you’ve never witnessed the desert up-close, spending some time in this area will open your eyes to a completely new world. Located on the southwestern side of the state, Zion National Park gives off the impression that you’ve stepped back in time to the Jurassic era with towering sand formations and unique desert vegetation everywhere you look. Cabins and campgrounds are available in and around the park to keep you close to the best attractions. 

From visiting Dewees Island, S.C., to exploring the trails of Zion National Park, the U.S. is abound with places for the perfect honeymoon. Start packing your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime to celebrate your big day.