Jamaican wedding traditions
Posted 24 October 2007 - 10:54 PM
Anyone know of any others?
Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:16 PM
Here's what I found so far:
-One Jamaican wedding tradition is a dark fruitcake liberally laced with rum is served at wedding receptions of Jamaican couples.
-Following the celebration, the wedding party slices the remainder of the wedding cake and mails them to friends and relatives unable to attend the wedding reception.
(ew, can you imagine how GROSS that cake would be back home?! )
- Like most Caribbean countries, the wedding cake is prominent in the celebration. It is a rich pound cake made of dried fruits (prunes, cherries, raisins, currants) soaked in rum, plus flour, butter, and a dozen eggs. Some guests may send ingredients as wedding presents beforehand. The bride parades through the streets to her wedding ceremony, and her appearance is commented upon -- even ridiculed! Her Maid of Honor is referred to as the "Chief". Since many weddings are village or community celebrations, no guest is refused and can enjoy a feast featuring curried goat, rice, and rum punch. Slices of cake are mailed to guests who cannot attend.
-The wedding style is similar to an American wedding. The bride and groom primarily handle the wedding arrangements. Everyone in the village lines the streets to see a bride. If she does not look her best she is publicly criticized. Her father or both parents escort her down the aisle. Her face is veiled until her husband lifts her veil. During the ceremony the couple will go to the church office or rectory to sign the wedding certificate. The bride may change her attire into a formal dress or during the reception.
-The bride's matron of honor is known as the Chief, the flower girl carries the train.
-Curried goat and rice is included on the menu of a traditional Jamaican wedding. The goat is killed and cooked prior to the wedding celebration day. Rum punch, including a red sweet fruit syrup, rum pimento and lime is traditionally served. (A very smooth drink but quite potent.) Champagne and wine and spirits are also served.
-The wedding cake, usually a dark cake, has been soaked for about a year so the fruits and bread will be flavored and moist.
-The wedding reception often lasts until the sun comes up. With Jamaican hospitality, no guest is refused, even if they come uninvited.
VERY Interesting....Jamaica weddings many years ago: Jamaica Gleaner : Pieces of the Past: Old-time Jamaican weddings
Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:28 PM
Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:53 PM
Heidi - great finds! I had found some of them, but nothing was striking me as a "need to do". Be publicly ridiculed? No thanks.
Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:58 PM
| Originally Posted by carlymcmullen |
I had found some of them, but nothing was striking me as a "need to do". Be publicly ridiculed? No thanks.
I agree though, nothing exciting there. I don't want rum cake, I don't eat goat and cake mailed back home? um no!
Posted 25 October 2007 - 12:24 AM
It's weird. It's starting to get more real and I haven't slept right for like a week! I thnk it's the ticker saying 6 month and xx days.
Posted 25 October 2007 - 12:27 AM
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:06 AM
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:02 PM
That's really great that they did that for you. What a cool way to experience Jamaica!
Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:16 PM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:04 PM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:44 PM
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:23 PM
From what i gather, there really aren't any traditions out of the ordinary that I know of other than the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, etc....and the rum cake (which i don't like).
Posted 16 November 2010 - 06:52 AM
My wedding planner put the lifting of the veil from the cake on my program but since his mother is deceased and my mother is unable to attend, I'm not sure who would do it.
The cake lasts for a very long time. After all, we are supposed to keep it for a year for good luck. I love the cake.
I don't know about the mailing part never heard of that but here everyone shows up at your wedding and reception and guests take leftover food home covered with aluminum foil or extra plates.
Never heard of the ridiculing but it is quite common here for people to comment on what everyone is wearing. That's the reason that I wanted to have my wedding in Jamaica. lol!
Posted 18 November 2010 - 02:43 AM
Thanks for bumping this thread. Interesting read. I'll be incorporating the Jamaican tradition of rum into our wedding!!
Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:19 PM
Very interesting...rum is a must...an possibly the cake too!
Posted 03 December 2010 - 03:46 PM
It's beautiful that in any culture, a wedding always brings people together!