Traditions

Traditions: How the Wedding Ring is Worn

The circular ring, symbolizing undying and unending love, is traditionally worn on the third finger on the left hand. This finger was chosen based on the Greek belief that the artery from that finger flows directly to the heart. Placing the ring on the vena amoris, or love vein, thereby joined the couple’s destiny. Early
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Traditions: The Grand Exit

Gone are the days of tossing rice at couples as they depart. Many venues don’t even allow rice tossing any longer. Here are some fun alternatives to that tradition. Just be sure to clear them with the reception venue before deciding on an exit. Substitute birdseed – Seed will have the same symbolism as rice, but will be
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Planning: Choosing the Wedding Date and Time

The wedding and the events leading up to the ceremony are steeped in ancient traditions. The month and day of a bride’s wedding was considered a very important decision. Many followed this rhyme when choosing their wedding month: Marry when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true. When February birds do mate,
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Cake: The Wedding Cake

The cake has been a special part of wedding celebrations since the Roman era. The original wedding cakes were made of wheat flour, salt and water and made into loaves. The loaves were then broken over the bride’s head at the end of the ceremony to bestow good luck and fertility to the newlyweds. Guests
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Reception: Important Traditions for the Reception

There are few traditions that are important for your wedding reception. Probably the most important and most celebrated tradition for your wedding reception is the cake.  The tradition of the wedding cake dates back to early roman times when a thin loaf of bread was broken over the bride’s head at the end of the
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Traditions: Weddings, a History – Part 2

Wedding Types A same-sex wedding is a ceremony in which two people of the same sex are married. This event may be legally documented as a marriage or another legally recognized partnership such as a civil union. Where such partnerships are not legally recognized, the wedding may be a religious or symbolic ceremony designed to provide an
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Ceremony: Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony?

After the bride and groom have exchanged their wedding vows, a majority of the couples then proceed with the lighting of the Unity Candle.  This has been a tradition for several years and symbolizes the two becoming one.  The bride and groom each take a pre-lit taper candle and then light a larger candle, extinguishing
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Traditions: Weddings, a History – Part 1

A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage or a similar institution. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and
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Ceremony: Important Traditions for the Ceremony

There are several traditions that people will say have to be included in the ceremony.  In reality, it is up to you which ones you choose to acknowledge; after all, it is your day.  Here are few traditions that are important to have as part of you ceremony. Probably the oldest, most universal and most
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Traditions: Wedding Guest Book or Wedding Journal?

We have all written our names in the traditional, white, leather bound guest book upon entering a church for a wedding.  This has been a long standing tradition used as a keepsake for the bride and groom.  Most guest books have several pages that remain empty and then usually end up stored away in a
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