Throughout Spain, Latin America and the Philippines as well as in U.S. Latino communities, the arras unity ceremony is an essential part of the wedding festivities. As part of his vows to financially provide for his family, the groom symbolically presents his … Continue reading →
Trends come and go, but the one thing that seems to remain consistent is that weddings are steeped in traditions. While this year’s hot new color, Radiant Orchid, might be played out in a couple of seasons, many of the … Continue reading →
I have always been fascinated by the Japanese culture. Although I have never had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country, I did spend two years learning about the culture and language during my high school foreign language elective. One … Continue reading →
Largely associated with African American weddings, the broom jumping unity ceremony is an ancient tradition in many cultures throughout the world. The metaphor of the broom is particularly fitting for marriage as it symbolizes the sweeping away of an old life … Continue reading →
Picking the perfect wedding date is a complicated process. The stars must align for the venue, the guests, the weather and a handful of other considerations to coalesce into one flawless day. Couples in many cultures must also undergo extensive … Continue reading →
As 2013 comes to a close, it’s been an enlightening experience to review some of the most-read wedding tradition articles over this past year. Reaching nearly 50,000 worldwide hits, there continues to be an overwhelming interest in finding the perfect wedding date, especially a weekend date that is blessed with positive energy.
In total, more than 189,746 readers from 132 countries have dropped by the blog and the About.com Wedding Traditions site seeking meaningful ways to incorporate their cultural customs into their special day.
It is my sincere wish that you find guidance in these articles as you navigate the often overwhelming process of planning a wedding. If there is a topic you would like to know more about, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Traditions Wedding Blog Guest Book.
Happy New Year, and I look forward to continuing this journey with you throughout 2014!
While all weddings are a crash course in patience and compromise, ceremonies that incorporate more than one culture require serious negotiation and tactful respect of everyone’s feelings. Despite the rapid rise in mixed marriages this past decade, few resources currently … Continue reading →
Buddhist and Hindu weddings are steeped in centuries old traditions that often play out over several days. Just as the bride and groom and their families have certain social obligations to fulfill, there are certain expectations guests must adhere to … Continue reading →
As one of the highest-priced items in the wedding planning process, couples invest considerable time in choosing the perfect engagement rings and wedding bands. According to a 2011 Engagement & Jewelry Study released by the XO Group, the parent company of TheKnot.com and … Continue reading →
When I think about marriage, it conjures up images of warmth and protection. I have always felt safest when I am encircled in my husband’s arms. Perhaps that it why I am so enamored with the idea of the wedding … Continue reading →
With an estimated 900 million followers worldwide practicing a vast array of rituals and ascribing to widely divergent beliefs, Hinduism is a complex culture that is immersed in strict obligations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the numerous wedding … Continue reading →
From rain on your wedding day and an uneven number of guests to dropping the wedding rings and shattering glass, every culture has invented elaborate superstitions and talismans to prevent evil spirits from wreaking havoc on the newlywed couple’s happiness. … Continue reading →
Finding a unique unity ceremony that truly represents who you are as a couple is one of the most challenging parts of planning the wedding ceremony. When I came across this idea for a wedding unity tree, I was immediately … Continue reading →
Although the wedding cake is often referred to as the bridal cake by modern vendors, once upon a time, there were three desserts offered at the reception — one to represent the bride, one to symbolize the groom and one … Continue reading →