Through the Traditions Wedding Blog, my goal is to showcase the world’s richly diverse wedding rituals that are lovingly passed down between generations. From jumping over a broom to binding the hands with a rope to sipping sake, every culture commemorates marriage in a distinct way. While the rituals may differ greatly between ethnicities, religions and communities, one thing stays the same: A wedding is a celebration of the spiritual bond that two people share.
I have been a published writer since 1994, focusing much of my career exploring the extraordinary stories and cultural traditions of our communities. As a social justice journalist and the former editor of an online multicultural magazine, my articles have appeared in dozens of publications internationally. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Seattle University with a minor in cultural studies, and I am a certified Diversity Trainer. This project presents a rare opportunity for me to combine my passions for writing about cultures and weddings.
In addition to serving as the About.com Wedding Traditions Topic Writer, I am a cultural wedding photographer and event planner. I approached my own wedding preparations in 2005 with gusto. Weaving together a personalized ceremony and reception that celebrated both my Cajun heritage and my husband’s Northwest roots, I blended timeless traditions and new rituals to enhance the profound meaning of our special day.
My hope is that you draw inspiration from the Traditions Wedding Blog posts and the About.com Wedding Traditions articles so that you can design a wedding that is meaningful, memorable and as exceptionally unique as you are. These articles will guide you through the process of planning a multicultural wedding, honoring your cultural heritage and modernizing conventional customs.
I am eager to hear how you plan to incorporate age-old traditions – or updated versions – into your celebration. Please let me know if there is a subject you want to learn more about or if you have any questions or suggestions. You can also leave tips for other readers in the comments section below. I look forward to our journey together!
Wishing you a house full of sunshine, hearts full of cheer and love that grows deeper each day of the year. – Welsh Wedding Blessing