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

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

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ARMENIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS: THE MORNING BEFORE THE WEDDING

As Armenians, we’re well aware that the Armenian wedding process is no small feat; it is, in fact, from start to finish, quite the lavish affair. From the proposal, to the engagement party, to everything that leads up to the wedding and, of course, the wedding itself, copious amounts of flowers, food, drink, music and family are constantly present. At Harsanik, we like to celebrate these traditions, so we’re taking you through a series of blog posts, each highlighting an event that leads up to the most important day of our lives.

The Morning Before The Wedding Armenian Traditions

 

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