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.

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…

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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…

No Jewish wedding is complete without a ketubah. Unlike most secular marriage contracts, these traditional contracts are intricate works of art. As long as the binding words are written, the artwork can take any form that…

Wedding toasting can be a complicated dance. Who goes first? When is the right time to stand up? Above all, what do you say when all eyes (and dozens of cameras) are upon you? If you're not a person with a knack for…

If you're incorporating Chinese traditions into your wedding, you'll be pleased to discover that nearly everything, from the food to the venue decorations, can be chosen for its symbolic value of added luck. Pick and…

If you've been to more than a few weddings lately, you may feel like you're running out of ways to wish the newlyweds luck and happiness. How do you convey your warm feelings in a way that hasn’t already been said a…

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