After seeing the Royal wedding not only was I left flabbergasted by the beauty of the event, but I was also touched by the word that was shared by the priest 🙏🏾 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s holy matrimony also made me realise somethings I never really thought about quite thoroughly…
I remember reading a Facebook status that said something along the lines of: “When will you realise that a white wedding is a traditional wedding?” And it only hit me when I watched the Royal wedding this past weekend. Like it was right in my face, how is it possible that I was unable to see something so obvious all along?
I am Zulu by cultural heritage, and I have witnessed so many of my family members’ and close friends’ weddings. One common denominator of these glorious days – was exactly that! That they all needed to be more than one day and they came at SUCH AN EXPENSE 🤑The he reason for this was that was because for a very long time in South Africa a traditional Zulu wedding (or any other native cultures’ wedding) was not recognised. So that meant that if a man and his woman wish to be identified as a married couple they had to have a white wedding. What was the result of this? Black South Africans got accustomed to having two weddings, one white (for law & recognitions’ sake) and a second traditional wedding (for cultural significance sake).
Now I have heard far too many complaints about how much financial and social pressure having both weddings puts on the couple and their families, that I ended up deciding that just a traditional Zulu wedding will do for me ✔️ Yet, that does not mean that I don’t acknowledge the importance and significance of the white wedding, I mean… 👰🏾💍✨ Yet when I witnessed the pride that the English have in their heritage it definitely made me ask: “Why don’t we wear our pride on our sleeves like that?”
Tradition is defined by dictionary.com as “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation” and witnessing the English wedding tradition made me curious about how beautiful it would be if all cultures were faithful to their own traditions? I also have very recently ascribed to the Catholic Church and even though the royals are Anglican by faith, there are a lot of similarities between the two churches. I found inspiration from seeing them respect their Anglican customs too 💒
Overall the Royal wedding was beautiful, I loved the bride’s classic off-the-shoulder close fitting dress 👌🏾 Did you watch the Royal wedding? How did you find it? Drop your comments below and #LetsConverse ⬇️
Featured image by Independent.ie
Yours in ✍🏾