Traditions

The Bride: Sweets for the Sweet

Here is an ideal and fun way for any bride to convey her affection for her attendants. Spend an afternoon with “just the girls” and let them know how much you appreciate their participation in your wedding plans. In the early twentieth century a different type of party gained popularity — it was called the
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Traditions: Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

May Suggest Custom Wedding Invitations Too Choosing to personalize your wedding vows by writing some or all of what will be spoken can be extremely important and meaningful—certainly more important than the cake you choose, the dress you will wear, the photographer you select or any of the other decisions you will have to make
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Traditions: Wedding History

Matrimony has existed since ancient times, in different forms which reflect the customs and values of different societies. The Sumerians, the Assyrians and the Babylonians saw marriage solely for economic and social reasons. In Ancient Rome marriage was seen as a form of social climbing to pass from one castle to another, and was also
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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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