Wedding Traditions & Rituals

From breaking the glass at a Jewish ceremony to covering a bride's hands and feet with henna for an Indian wedding, there's no shortage of marriage customs and rituals that you can adapt for your own vows. Whether your ceremony is a religious or secular, including a cultural wedding tradition is a sure way to imbue your nuptials with even more meaning. Read up on the unique ways cultures around the world celebrate their wedding. Also find out the history and meaning of the most common wedding traditions.

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30 Creative Wedding Rituals That Symbolize Unity
Your wedding reception is easy to personalize—once you've selected colors, flowers, décor, music, and food that speaks to your tastes, the party easily reflects who are as a couple. Personalizing your ceremony, however, can be a bit tougher. After all, most wedding ceremonies are rooted in tradition, and involve a series of predetermined steps that have been taken for years (if not centuries!). If you're looking to put your own stamp on this part of your event, incorporate a ritual that symbolizes the reason why you, your spouse-to-be, and your guests are there on the big day: unity. The following customs and cultural practices hit that poignant note. Whether you choose one that speaks to your own beliefs or heritage or would prefer to dream up something completely different, a ceremonial ritual rooted in togetherness is bound to bring even more meaning to your big day.

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Your Parents Want You to Have a Receiving Line During the Wedding—Should You Do It?

This tradition doesn't fit every celebration, but parents will still ask if you intend to do it. Here's what you need to know.