Wedding Traditions

From tossing the bouquet to giving dinner speeches, traditions are a huge part of every wedding. What's more, every culture has its own long list of essentials. How do you choose which traditions to use (and which not to use) in your celebration? Read the tips below to find advice on how to combine, redefine, and otherwise incorporate a wide range of wedding traditions into your celebration.

When it comes to weddings, we hear a lot of talk about traditions. The bride traditionally walks down the aisle on the arm of her father, traditionally while she is wearing a white dress. Traditionally, she will be…

It's the moment you've been dreading since you got engaged: the father-daughter dance. Not that you don't love your father, of course. But if the thought of performing a dance in front of a room full of people (not to…

When some of your unmarried guests fervently wish they were the ones getting married, traditions like the bouquet toss only serve to single out the single ladies and remind them that, except for one lucky catcher…

After reading a few bridal magazines, it can start to seem like the whole world is in agreement as to what makes a "perfect wedding." Now that you and your partner are promising to share each other's lives, you are poised…

Some days, weddings don't seem like they're worth the bother. From frantic calls from your childhood best friend asking why you chose your college best friend as the Maid of Honor, to the panic of trying to fill five…

Sure, some couples get along just fine by reading a few lines, throwing back the veil, and enjoying their first married kiss. However, for you and your fiancé, not just any vows will do. If you prefer to put a DIY…

The cake is in the oven. The flowers are in place at the venue. You’ve mastered your sky-high heels and your mother is putting the final touches on your hair. As you think about the next steps, the walk down the…

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of a Chinese couple I'd never met. It is my hope that, in reading about my international wedding adventure, American couples will get some ideas for their…

It all started when my parents found themselves stranded in a remote part of northwestern China seven years ago. They were rescued by Ming Rui, a young Chinese man who helped them navigate the foreign city. They kept in…

It's halfway through your wedding reception and you notice your best man slip outside with three giggling bridesmaids. Is your first thought concern for your car's paint job? Don't worry; with proper preparation, you can…

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