I wanted to share one of my favourite photos with you. It’s of my late Grandmother and I’m told that she was dressed to attend a wedding.
In her right hand you might be able to spy that she is holding something - it’s a fan.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, in Filipino and many other cultures fans are part of everyday life, and some would say you aren’t fully dressed unless you’re holding a fan.
The fan itself is symbolic, with the small end representing birth and the blades symbolising the many possible paths leading away from this beginning.
Fans are often given as gifts to honour births or birthdays, and these fans are often covered in floral designs. Each design depicts something - for example roses - love, two butterflies - a happy marriage, fish - wealth, and a lion - strength and protection.
Would you like your ceremony to incorporate your traditions and culture?
At a naming day you could present the new member of the family with a fan as a gift to treasure forever. It will have so much meaning, especially with the perfect design on it.
Or for a vow renewal the couple could exchange fans instead of rings.
Imagine as you walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple - picture your guests cheering, smiling and waving fans. How awesome would that be?
Not only is it important to think about how you enter the room and ceremony space, your exit is the transition to the next part of your big day - make it memorable, create a vibe and set the tone for how you might want your guests to feel.
Hope this photo might inspire you to think about all the beautiful details, nods to your culture or family traditions that you may wish to include in your chosen ceremony.