Traditions

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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Traditions: Origins of the Honeymoon

Most people know what the honeymoon is but do not know its origins.  There are a few different thoughts on how the honeymoon came to be. In ancient times, many first marriages were not by choice; they were actually by capture.  When early men felt that it was time to take a wife, they quite
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Traditions: Wedding Vow Renewal

It is so sweet to celebrate a wedding but how much sweeter is the celebration of a lasting marriage? Whether you’ve just returned from eloping or you’re about to celebrate your 25th year of marriage, renewing your vows might be on the brain. Some couples decide to renew their vows to finally have the big wedding
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The Wedding Day: A Tuxedo or Not

In 1866, Griswold Lorillard, a wealthy tobacco heir, shocked the guests gathered for the annual Autumn Ball of the Tuxedo Park Country Club in Tuxedo, New York, when he arrived to the ball wearing a tail-less black dinner jacket.  Mr. Lorillard explained that he had the coat tailor made after a close friend had given
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Traditions: Origin of the White Wedding Tradition

White has been a traditional wedding color for hundreds of years.  Queen Victoria, who reined from 1837-1901, is believed to be the one who made the white wedding dress fashionable when she wore one in her wedding with Prince Albert.  She wore a pale gown trimmed with orange blossoms.  Before that, the bride wore her best
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Budget: Who Pays for What?

First of all, establish a manageable budget for your big day.  Determine what amount of money all of the parties involved – the bride and her parents and the groom and his parents – can and/or will contribute to the festivities.  It is customary for the bride’s family to cover the majority of the expenses.  Today,
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Traditions: The History of the Engagement and Wedding Rings

Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented the first known “official” engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy, on August 17, 1477.  During the 15th century, monarchs in Europe embraced the diamond as the seal to their future wives, due to its enduring qualities.  Ancient belief held that the diamond was the perfect stone because its sparkle symbolized
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Traditions: Traditional Wedding Phrases and Their Meanings

Most brides today would never even dream of taking their walk down the aisle without the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” included in the bridal wardrobe.  The “old” refers to the bride’s ties to her past, especially her childhood and family life.  The “new” is a symbol of hope for her
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