Luxury can be broadly defined as possessing items that are desirable but not essential and expensive to procure. Luxury goods give great comfort to the user since the surroundings are expensive and high-quality. It is also defined as a non-essential item which an individual covets or desires but has no real use of. Luxury can also be defined as an activity that gives great pleasure and joy due to the fact that it occurs rarely. Over time, novelty and originality have become key as well as contributing factors in the development, promotion and growth of luxury fashion, designers, designs and goods.
The historical definition of luxury is both dynamic as well as specific to culture, thus making it a difficult task to define. In society luxury can be loosely defined as a product or service that a consumer wants rather than needs. Despite everything global markets have seen an extraordinary growth in the luxury brand market. Branding of products as luxury has changed the perception and how consumers view this industry. A product or service can be deemed as luxury when the quality, design, craftsmanship, innovations are unique and of the highest standards. With regards to fashion design, it is an obvious assessment that the quality and craftsmanship of the design are seamlessly intertwined but creativity as well as innovations is two distinct and separate categories.
When it comes to speaking of creativity and innovation, they are often inter-changeable and also connected with describing the design and its process thus defining design and fashion in many instances. Manu analysts have not come to realize that there is very little or almost no distinction between both terms and they are slowly merging to mean one and the same thing. Innovation can be loosely defined as that which aims to transform and implement rather than explore or invent. In such circumstances it will be difficult to assess the level on contribution or change that designs will have on luxury goods. It has been argued on several occasions by expert analysts that technological innovations can be shown as the key factor in the development of luxury fashion and products. The co-relation between the designer and manufacturer is an important, imperative and integral part in developing luxury fashion goods to sustain themselves in an ever-changing fashion industry.
In developing and developed countries in the world, the luxury fashion industry is booming and every member of society who wishes to make a status statement will be flashing one if not many luxury goods at some point. It is a myth that recession has reduced purchasing power or patterns. In fact it with more gusto and reduction of prices on such good that has luxury aficionados shop until they drop.
The power of media; print and electronic has helped create awareness and a buzz towards the luxury fashion industry. Armed with more information the consumer is thoroughly educated on the nuances and cons of purchasing luxury fashion products. Luxury fashion has now entrenched its way into every country across the globe.
A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups.
The Bride's Bouquet
Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids of honor also carry bouquets made of amapola flowers whether real or silk, and fans as these things are said to signify good luck for the couple.
Traditional Wedding Favors
Typical wedding favors presented to guests at a Puerto Rican wedding are called capias. They are narrow ribbons imprinted with the names of the bride and groom on one end and the date of the wedding on the other. The bride and groom snip them off the bouquet before they are pinned upon their guests by the happy newlyweds.
The Wedding Ceremony
A Puerto Rican wedding ceremony is similar to most others except for one thing. During the wedding ceremony, a priest will bless a plate of coins and gives it to the groom. Once the wedding vows have been exchanged, the groom gives the same plate of coins to his new wife as a gift to her. This gift is a symbol of prosperity and good luck for the marrying pair. While the ceremony is being performed, you can usually hear the soft strains of the sounds of coqui, lending the atmosphere a most romantic air.
At the Reception
Puerto Rican custom dictates that at the head of the main table, a doll that is similarly dressed as the bride is placed. The doll is covered with charms and these charms are passed out to the wedding guests. A typical Puerto Rican wedding cake is decorated with seashells and is often a rum, pineapple or coconut flavor.
Puerto Rican weddings are chock full of delicious foods and joyous music. For their first dance, the bride and groom might choose a traditional Puerto Rican waltz called a "danza criolla." Centerpieces are usually made from palm trees and utilize "abeto" ferns and then decorated with shells. Candles are also popular as decorations at a traditional Puerto Rican wedding.