Wedding Traditions & Rituals
From breaking the glass at a Jewish ceremony to covering a bride's hands and feet with henna for an Indian wedding, there's no shortage of marriage customs and rituals that you can adapt for your own vows. Whether your ceremony is a religious or secular, including a cultural wedding tradition is a sure way to imbue your nuptials with even more meaning. Read up on the unique ways cultures around the world celebrate their wedding. Also find out the history and meaning of the most common wedding traditions.
16 Wedding Traditions and Superstitions
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8 Ways Brides Are Breaking Tradition (and Why it's Awesome)Your 'rents pay for the wedding. It's a white dress all the way. These are the traditions, so you have to follow them, right? No way! It's your day so take control. Here are some ways brides are bunking tradition and paving their own way. Sorry (not sorry)!
16 Creative Wedding Rituals That Symbolize UnityThese rituals are fun ways to symbolize unity during your ceremony.
4 Religious Ceremony Rituals That Go Beyond Classic Wedding VowsHeading down the aisle soon? In some cultures, reciting your wedding vows and signing a marriage license just isn't enough. So, make sure you're following the rules!
10 Common Indian Wedding TraditionsThe practices that have distinguished Indian nuptials throughout history, from wearing the color red to mehndi parties.
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17 Jewish Wedding Traditions for Your Big DayTime-honored rituals to consider for your nuptials, from the prayer shawl to the chuppah.
New Ways to Honor Classic Wedding Traditions
How to honor cherished wedding rituals? For a truly personal celebration, adapt them as you please, in a style that feels natural and meaningful to you.
10 Irish Wedding Traditions for Your Big DayAges-old conventions to consider, whether you have ancestral roots in Ireland or just want to add a little luck o’ the Irish to your celebration.
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25 Beautiful Chuppah Ideas from Jewish WeddingsThe customary structure of four poles and a covering can take on many different styles.
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A Sunny, Citrus-Themed California Wedding
This couple celebrated with fresh, fruity details and bold, cheerful colors.Post
10 Crazy Marriage Laws You Have to Read to Believe
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How to Preserve the Top Tier of Your Wedding Cake
Bakery experts give us the scoop on savoring your cake past the wedding-day slice.Post
Nia Vardalos's Dos and Don'ts for Throwing a "Big Fat Greek Wedding" of Your Own!
The writer and star of the highest-grossing romantic comedy ever and its new sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, shares details about her own big day, gives her top tips, and reveals what wedding traditions she loves—and the ones she doesn't.Post
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Lucky Wedding Ideas
Fate smiled on you two when you found each other. And these chic twists on auspicious day-of traditions are meant to keep the good fortune coming, as long as you both shall live.Post
DIY Cake Pulls: A Lucky Wedding Tradition
Cake: It's always the sweetest part of the evening. But to make it even more enchanting, we've reworked the southern tradition of "cake pulls"—fortune-telling charms on ribbons that each bridesmaid tugs out of the confection—to give guests a peek at the future.Post
How to Make An Origami Crane for Your Wedding
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The History of Leap Year Proposals
European folklore claims February 29th is the one day a year a woman can propose to a man. (Crazy, we know.)Post
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5 Insanely Cool Things You Can Do With Your Wedding Dress
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How Not to Mess Up Your Wedding Vows
It's nerve-wracking to pledge your life and love to your partner as everyone who's important to you watches. But staying calm before and during the ceremony is easier than you think. Whether you've written custom wedding vows or are going with the tried-and-true version, here's how to deliver a solid performance, minus the butterflies!Gallery
The Guest's Guide to Weddings: When You Need to Give a Gift
From the engagement party to the post-wedding brunch, here's when a gift for the couple is required (or, ahem, recommended).Post
8 Wedding Etiquette Mistakes Not to Make
Wedding behavior comes in three varieties: good, bad, and clueless. Act out the last two and people will talk. Whether you come across as greedy about gifts or insensitive to guests' feelings, expect a no-holds-barred bridesmaid to call you out on it. But before you stumble, read about some of the most common etiquette mistakes. If it's any consolation, guests also commit faux pas, so we've included a few of theirs, too.AdvertisementAdvertisementPost
How to NOT Have a Boring First Dance
A first dance is one of the most exciting parts of a wedding for a bride and groom, but you want to make sure it's fun for your guests too. Keep guests from yawning two minutes into you and your new husband slowly swaying on the dance floor with these tips from Krista and Kelvin Ramirez, husband and wife wedding dance choreographers at Your Night Choreo, and Val Cunningham, dance instructor and choreographer at The Dance Loft.Gallery
8 Cool Pieces of "Something Blue" Jewelry
Choose a unique piece of wedding jewelry for your something blue.Post
What's in a Name? The Pros and Cons of Changing Your Name
Decades ago, it was pretty much a given that we take our spouse's last name—most people didn't give it much thought and followed through with all the paperwork. Today, however, is a bit different because keeping one's maiden name is no longer an anomaly. If you're torn between traditional and contemporary approaches to last names, read on about the perks and headaches of what it means to make the name change.Post
5 Couples Reveal What Inspired Their Own Wedding Vows
Writing your own vows is a heartfelt and personal way to convey your lifelong promises to each other. But, while the feelings are there in your head, putting them to paper can be hard. Here, some inspiration from real couples on how they came up with what to say beyond, "I do."See More