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
Are traditions just something practiced for a long time or are they something more? We know that in the United States, plenty of people are following traditions old and new. And while these traditions tend to be part of a ... read more
In the Victorian era, it was decided that different plants and flowers had special, unique meanings. At that time, people began to use flowers to send each other personal messages or secret correspondances in situations where they would otherwise be ... read more
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
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.
Planning a traditional Catholic wedding can be very difficult. Everything seems ten times bigger compared to normal weddings and usually the guest list increases by more than 10% because families and relatives from all over the country may want to ... read more
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 couples looking to plan a wedding ceremony are at a loss for what should be present to make it more meaningful for everyone present. If you are planning a traditional Christian ceremony, there are many heartwarming passages in the ... 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
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