Monday, November 15, 2010

A Turkish Bachelorette Party

Last week we examined the Turkish wedding tradition of Red Ribbons and I promised we'd come back to the bachelorette party. It's not really called a bachelorette party in Turkey, but they do know how to have a good time.

Usually it's a get-the-bride-ready-for-her-wedding occasion.  Some henna painting on the hands (not unlike Indian Mehndi, but usually a simpler design), a visit to hammam or a day spa, then dinner with all of your girlfriends. Sometimes it'll all be wrapped up into one location at a hotel for an evening. (You definitely want an invite to those!)

Some of you may be wondering what the deal is with the shoes and some of you may have even seen it at a wedding stateside. Well, The Knot isn't where the idea came from. It's an old Turkish tradition to write the names of eligible young women at the bachelorette party on the soles of the bride's shoes. The ones that wear off are the girls who will be married next. 

Beats getting hit in the face by a bouquet (or tackled by the forever-bridesmaid).

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LTM said...

oh, I'd never heard that writing the name on the shoes thing! I love it. I agree, it is better than the ole catch the bouquet thing~ :o) <3

P.S. what's the meaning of the henna? (Is there one or is it simply decorative?)

Old Kitty said...

Thanks for a great insight into hen parties Turkish style! I love the idea of writing names on soles of shoes and seeing which ones rub off first!! That's really excellent! I've got big writing so I'll ensure my name is scrawled nice and big!! :-) Take care

Anonymous said...

My sister wrote the words HELP me on the bottom of my left shoe and ME! on the right. Yes, they showed up in the wedding pics. Pretty funny actually.

Wenni Donna said...

Need to purchase a beautiful dress for my friend’s bachelorette party. It will be arranged at one of local San Francisco wedding venues. Will look for it on online store where discounts are available. Thinking to buy a dress for my sister too. Hope will find nice dress in our budget.


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