ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: BLOCKING DOOR

We at Harsanik are obsessed with all things wedding, but our favorite part of weddings are the traditions that couples choose to incorporate on their big day. As Armenians, we have so many beautiful wedding traditions to choose from. One of our favorite Armenian wedding traditions is the blocking of the doorway that is done by family members on the bride's side as the bride and groom are exiting the bride's house.

Typically a male family member from the bride's side will block the door and insist on getting paid in order to allow the bride to leave her family's home. Often times this role of the "bouncer" is done by the bride's brother, cousin, or younger male relative. Sometimes there is only one bouncer and other times there are a few who partner together to get the job done. Often times the bouncer holds a sword to block the doorway.

As for who pays up, it's dependent on the family. Sometimes the groom will pay off the bouncer, other times it's the "kavor" (bestman), and other times it's another family member from the groom's side. And how much do these bouncers expect to get paid? Well, it's really up to the bouncer to decide! It's customary for the first offer to be a smaller amount, and for the bouncer to reject it (you'll often see this captured in videos with the bouncer shaking his head no). The next higher offer sometimes satisfies the bouncer. Otherwise, other members of the groom's family, including the groom's father step in and offer more cash to make the deal go through. Most families have a lot of fun with this tradition and personalize it to make it their own. 

Here's some of our favorite shots of this special Armenian wedding day tradition. You can learn more about other Armenian wedding traditions and read up on every couple's love story and wedding day on our blog.

1) Featured Wedding: Mister X & Svetlana

Featured Wedding: Mister X & Svetlana

Featured Wedding: Mister X & Svetlana

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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.

Armenian Wedding Traditions

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

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ARMENIAN TRADITIONS - PART 1: PRE-WEDDING TRADITIONS

The Proposal:

Traditionally, the groom must ask the bride’s family for the bride’s hand in marriage, but everyone knows that this tradition has lost its popularity. Yet, it’s safe to say that most grooms communicate their intentions to propose to his bride-to be’s immediate family one way or another. The traditional “Khosk-Arnel” (asking for permission) method is being replaced with a “Khosk-Kap” following the groom’s proposal.

"Khosk-Arnel"

The groom’s immediate family is invited to the bride’s house for coffee/tea or dinner. The groom’s family arrives with floral arrangements and a box of chocolates. The groom asks his soon to be father-in-law for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Khosk-Arnel is less formal than a Khosk-Kap and is limited to the couple’s immediate family.

Traditional Armenian Proposal

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE RED AND GREEN RIBBON CEREMONY

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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.

red and green ribbon ceremony

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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

Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

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