Being Lebanese is such an important aspect of who we are, which is why we are going to incorporate our cultural traditions into our wedding. Lebanese weddings are always such fun occasions, and Raed and I want our wedding to be the same.
There will be a mix of eastern and western traditions as well as modern and classic elements. We will incorporate the western ritual of cake cutting with Lebanese wedding practices like Zaffe and Zalghouta. Zaffe is an entrance tradition with music and dance to mark when the groom comes with his family to the bride’s home. Zalghouta is a wedding tradition where female guests give the bride and groom their wisdom and blessings. Raed and I will also greet our wedding guests with special souvenirs and table numbers—another Lebanese tradition.
Although the wedding planning came pretty easy to me since I knew exactly how I wanted my big day, finding the perfect dress wasn’t as simple. I tried over 20 wedding dresses on, and none fit my expectations. I knew I wanted a princess-style dress, but I could not find the one. Then, a friend told me about designer Walid Shehab’s new wedding collection. As soon as I saw my dress, I fell in love with it.
I can’t wait for all of my plans to become a reality on my wedding day.