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.
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