If you had to give up everything you knew for love, are you confident that you would choose your partner every time? On Monday in Tokyo, Japan’s 28-year-old Princess Ayako did just that by marrying Kei Moriya, a non-royal. On ... read more
Vegetarians get married too, even though they represent less of the population than omnivores. While some vegetarians may choose to serve meat at their wedding reception because of carnivore family and friends, many want to showcase their values at the ... read more
Though official wedding ceremonies did not exist in ancient Egypt—the lady entered the man’s home with the household items both families had agreed upon, and the relationship was solidified from that point on—the tradition of getting married in the first ... read more
On May 19th, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry, and Markle, a former actress raised in Los Angeles, will join the ranks of the royal family. We’ve all heard some of the drama surrounding this couple; Markle is only ... read more
People in the United Kingdom (and around the world) will likely be glued to their TV sets on May 19. On that Saturday, Prince Harry—the redheaded royal sixth in line to the British throne—will wed American actress Meghan Markle in ... read more
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.
Many traditions performed for weddings can take place the day before, during, and after the actual day. A lot of religions view weddings as a symbol for the conjoining two families together as well as witnessing the union of a ... read more
Many brides and grooms from around the world get married by the traditions of their ancestry. These weddings can be religious, cultural, or even a mix of some newer traditions. Following the values of our family’s cultures or religion is ... read more
Are you and your fiancé looking for an interesting tradition to include in your upcoming wedding? Consider incorporating “jumping the broom” into your ceremony! As you prepare for your special day, it’s always important to keep tradition in mind. Jumping ... read more
When one or both members of a couple are Jewish, a great way to respect and honor that heritage is to include elements from a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. Depending on how devout you are, you may choose to do ... read more
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