ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: WELCOMING THE BRIDE AND GROOM

We love sharing different Armenian Wedding Traditions on our blog. This week we are excited to share some traditions that couples can choose to incorporate as part of welcoming the bride and groom. According to old Armenian tradition, after the wedding ceremony at the church, the couple and their guests would celebrate at the groom’s house. Upon their arrival, a few traditions would take place with Lavash, honey, plates and more! 

Armenian Wedding Traditions

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE RED AND GREEN RIBBON CEREMONY

Armenian weddings have many traditions. The red and green ribbon ceremony is one such tradition. This ceremony is said to be an old Armenian tradition that has been passed down and kept mainly by Armenians in specific areas of Iran, such as Isfahan. As most traditions, there might be slight variations of its’ origins. 

In the old times, the crown that was placed on the bride and groom’s heads during the wedding ceremony was made of white, green and red threads. These colors signified peace, life, and sacrifice. The red and green ribbons are related to this tradition. Accordingly, green signifies life and red signifies sacrifice.

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE HISTORY OF THE ENGAGEMENT

An Armenian engagement ceremony is almost like a wedding in itself. There is a grand party, usually in a banquet hall, where a priest blesses the engagement ring and asks the bride and groom to vow to be faithful to one another and marry in the future. Eating, drinking, and dancing, of course, ensue. But here's a brief history about where this sort of engagement comes from!

Armenian Wedding Traditions: The History of Engagement

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ARMENIAN TRADITIONS: DREAMING OF YOUR FUTURE BRIDE OR GROOM

St. Sarkis is one of the most beloved saints in Armenia. He is known as the warrior patron of love and youth. Every year Armenians celebrate the feast day of St. Sarkis and his soldiers sometime between January 11th and February 15th. According to folk stories, upon their return from a victorious battle, St. Sarkis and 39 of his soldiers, celebrated at a royal palace. As they drank and went to sleep, the King ordered 40 women to kill the saint and his soldiers. 39 women killed the soldiers, however, the one ordered to kill St. Sarkis fell in love with him and kissed him instead. St. Sarkis woke up with a rage seeing what had happened, took the woman and left the city.

St. Sarkis

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS - INTRO

The series below include a variety of Armenian and Western wedding traditions that are often practiced in Armenian weddings held in the United States today. We hope that this list will help future brides and grooms during their wedding planning process and also provide knowledgeable insight of our traditions to our community of non-Armenian family and friends.

We are always looking to add more traditions to our collection, so we encourage you to contact us if you have any additional insight. With your help we hope to create the most comprehensive list of past and present Armenian wedding traditions.

- Part 1: Pre-Wedding Traditions
- Part 2: Wedding Day Traditions
- Part 3: Sample Armenian Wedding Itinerary

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