Whether you’re getting married in a tiny town or a huge city, out-of-town wedding guests can find fun things to do while they wait for the big event. Some guests hop on a plane, traveling across the country knowing nothing ... read more
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Wedding cake is undeniably one of the best parts of the reception. Not only is it an adorable picture opportunity for the happy couple (will they or won’t they smash the cake in each other’s face?), but also almost everyone ... read more
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Ceremonies for unifying a couple for life vary in different countries and cultures. The variety of wedding customs can help you realize that the sky is truly the limit for making a statement about your love and connection to each other.
In the Phillippines, it is customary for the couple to release a pair of doves, symbolizing harmony and togetherness.
A traditional Japanese ceremony of sharing cups of sake, three sips each from three cups, represents happiness and family formation. By sharing these same cups between the couple and their parents, they represent the joining of two families. This ceremony is known as San San Kudo.
In India, a Var Mala Ceremony is where brides place flower garlands around the necks of their grooms. It’s like an enthusiastic yes, showing the acceptance the bride feels about the groom in question.
A Colombian traditional candle ceremony begins with a bride and groom each having their own candles lit. They then light a candle together and blow out their own candles, representing their own unity in marriage.
In Pakistan, the wedding may go on for many days, and one main element of the ceremony is an intimate affair, held in the bride’s home herself. Bringing family together and starting the couple out on the right foot also involves having the bride and groom host a dinner together later on in the proceedings.
In the Congo, it’s custom to not smile during the wedding ceremony or after; the entire event is treated with a reverent solemnity and understanding that the marriage vow is a serious experience.
In a traditional nikah, or Islamic marraige ritual, the bride and groom sign their marriage contract separately, coming together to see each other only after the marriage is finalized. The simplicity of the ceremony is often accompanied, however, with many days of celebrations and receptions.
In Norway, a crown with charms on it is part of the traditional wedding outfit; it wards off evil spirits when the charms jangle against each other.
An Irish custom is to use ribbon or rope to symbolically and literally "tie" the groom and bride’s hands together, showing that they are committed to staying together. They don’t have to keep their wrists wrapped for the entire wedding celebration though!
One South African tradition involves the parents of the happy couple bringing fire from their own hearths to the fireplace of their now-united children. It’s one way to make a new home feel warm and connected to the rest of their new family.
In this modern age of weddings, couples are getting pretty creative about everything from the officiant to the flowers—and they’re definitely ditching the idea that you have to get married in a traditional ceremony space like a church or a ... read more
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If you have a big family like me, you probably remember going to lots of weddings as a kid. You have even been a flower girl or ring bearer a few times. The memory is always the same: you get ... read more
After a long winter season, spring is finally here and better than ever. The sky is blue, the grey clouds are gone, and best of all, the flowers are bright and blooming. Typically, most people decide on having spring weddings ... read more
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