Sunday, March 18, 2007

Finding The Right Symbol For Your Wedding

Adinkra Symbols are fast becoming a popular accents for cultural weddings today. They are most commonly associated with Akan people of Ghana. Symbols are painted on cloth, pottery, logos, and are seen all over.
They represent concepts or aphorisms. Todays couples are finding the right combination of symbols that best represent them and their lifestyle.



There are many uses for these symbols and below I share just some ideas:

1.


For Djanna and Nic's wedding,
Heavenly Crumbs created these
delicious cupcakes with an
edible cowrie shell and
the Adinkra Symbol, Bese Saka,
in gold. The symbol is nestled in the icing
of the cupcake.


2.
Have your invitations created with any one of the love symbols in gold on the cover. You can also purchase stickers to seal your envelopes. Carry the symbol through out placing it on your program and menu cards.


3.
Use Adinkra symbols as table numbers instead. At the place setting of the tables print the meaning of the symbol. Matching napkin rings make a nice statement and great gift for your guest. You can make your own by purchasing a brass ornament from Cultured Expressions. Loop it with raffia or a ribbon in your wedding colors. That's then tied around the napkin.
Documents and Design creates beautiful Table card ideas and more also for more custom design ideas Concepts to Completion

4.
Many jewelers are offering one-of-a-kind pieces using Adinkra Symbols on engagement rings and wedding bands. You can also give your bridesmaids Adinkra charms as gifts. 1865 Company, HLC Jewelry, The Jewelry Artist, Amazulu.


5.
Enjoy your wedding garment by having one or more symbols embroidered or beaded into your dress.

Sharing these important symbols in your wedding ceremony and reception is a great way to show off your culture.

Below are just a few symbols to get you started.
Log onto Well Tempered/ Adinkra and Adinkra Symbols for more symbols, meanings, and ideas for use.

AKOMA
"the heart"
symbol of patience and tolerance
According to Agbo, when a person is said to "have a heart in his stomach," that person is very tolerant.


NYAME NTI
"by God's grace"
symbol of faith and trust in God
similar to
Gye NyameAccording to The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis: "This stalk is depicted as the staff of life in many cultures. It symbolizes to the Akan that food is a basis of life and that they could not survive if not for the food that God has placed here on Earth for their nourishment. "
ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN
"Love never loses its way home"
symbol of the power of love

2 comments:

lilly said...

I have found the best jewelers for adinkra symbols or any symbols for that matter are Jendayi Collection. I discovered them through several websites on a search for adinkra wedding rings. Just phenomenal. Huge selection and the most polished. 1865 carries their line, and Vbride touts them as well. Well worth a visit.

Dyllis said...

This is great info to know.

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