lebanese weddings


Are you a wedding photographer who is eager to learn more about what happens during a Lebanese wedding?

Lebanese weddings are all about having fun and making a statement, and the wedding reception is the end of the whole process. These weddings require great food, a great venue, and a lot of partying. If you've been invited to a wedding in Sydney Lebanonese community for the first time, you should not assume that you've seen it all. Here's a list of 7 Lebanese wedding traditions that you may need to know as a wedding photographer in sydney.

1. Fireworks
Lebanon enjoys fireworks, and it is very traditional in Lebanon to have fireworks at a wedding reception. So, if you're attending a Lebanese wedding for the first time, be prepared for an eruption of fireworks over your head that usually begins when the wedding cake is cut by the newly-weds.

2. Lebanese Drum
The Lebanese zaffe makes the wedding reception a truly extravagant Lebanese wedding and is a highly-anticipated part of the celebration. This extravagant warm-up to a big party is when the bride and groom make a grand entrance to the church surrounded by drummers and professional zaffe dancers.

lebanese drum

3. Fine dining
Lebanese wedding catering plays a key role as food is one of the most important elements of a Lebanese wedding celebration. Whether it’s a mezza, which is multiple platters of delicious food, or a 3-course sit-down meal, you can guarantee that all Lebanese weddings will have a scrumptious feast.

4. High energy and lots of dancing
There is no Lebanese wedding without dancing as these weddings are all about celebrating the whole night. Hence the wedding venue selected should have great ideas on making sure everyone gets on the dance floor and have a good time. In most instances, there are belly dancers to perform as well.

5. Dramatic photoshoots
A lot of pictures of the couple are must-haves for a Lebanese wedding, and they are often in a garden or other outdoor setting. On a sunny, weekend day, it is common to see Lebanese couples posing in parks with their photographer for countless upon countless photos.

6. The wedding cake
Another common Lebanese wedding tradition is cutting of the wedding cake with a sword by the couple. Extravagant Lebanese wedding could be an understatement when it comes to Lebanese wedding cakes, with some easily reaching 9 layers, or even more.

7. A long night for the bride and groom
While many cultures around the world send off the newlyweds before the wedding ends to the bridal suite or to their honeymoon, at a Lebanese wedding, the bride and groom are expected to stay at the wedding reception until every guest has made their exit. Leaving before the guests are considered rude or disrespectful.

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