In an era when the majority of couples have lived together before getting married, not to mention those remarrying and bringing together two households, the traditional wedding list is definitely on the wane. Guests nowadays are more likely to be faced with unusual gift lists – comprised of anything from gift vouchers to charity donations …

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Just who has an Asian-themed wedding? The answer: anyone who wants one. If that’s you, maybe you or your fiancé has Oriental roots … or maybe you both just love that sophisticated West Coast take on all things Eastern.But is your wedding Chinese or Japanese, or something else altogether (maybe Zen)? It’s hard to confine …

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In many cases — at least in this country — a marriage can be recognized both by church and state. While the state sets the legal requirements for the wedding, a church sets additional standards and requirements for the marriage to be recognized as sacred. In Catholicism, marriage constitutes one of the sacraments of faith. Consequently, the Catholic Church …

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by Emmanuel Mendonca and FavorIdeas The traditional wedding service in the Greek Orthodox faith is an ancient and gorgeous ceremony that’s continued unchanged for centuries. It’s also a ceremony full of symbolism. And it amounts to a great experience if you’ve never attended one before, because it’s likely to be quite different from other weddings you’ve …

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I can’t seem to find any ideas for a Mexican themed wedding, not even Spanish-themed ideas. My wedding’s on the fifth of May (Cinco de Mayo) and I really wanted to plan my wedding around that theme. Any ideas for centerpieces, especially? — Lori As luck (or fate!) would have it, I just spoke to …

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Scotland has become a premiere destination wedding location for brides and grooms. A Scottish wedding can be exceptionally stylish and truly unforgettable The landscape is magnificent — the venues amazing. Your wedding photos are likely to look spectacular if you have the Scottish countryside as your backdrop. Options for Scottish weddings range from a city …

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Selection of auspicious dates 看日子 Auspicious dates are required for the chinese wedding, the betrothal and the installation of the bridal bed. A chinese monk, a temple official or a fortune teller are able to advise on a suitable date based on the couple’s birth dates and times. Some may also refer to the chinese …

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By Mary Arnold When we think of weddings, most of us picture the traditional ceremony that has been handed down from Victorian England. In recent years, however, many engaged couples elect to forego those traditions and use their wedding to celebrate their cultural roots. In this article, I’ll provide many ways in which couples can …

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Honor your Emerald Isle heritage with traditions that are romantic, clever, and a couple that are downright strange. Uncover here how to fill your wedding with all things Irish save the Blarney Stone. Harvest Knots. According to history, Irish men declared their intentions of marriage by giving their fiancee harvest knots of straw decorated with …

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Despite its many (and sometimes jarring) cultural changes, Russia enjoys many wedding traditions reaching far back in time. True, the ceremony itself is relatively devoid of them in this post-Bolshevik age, but the reception is a different matter in which the oldest, most opulent customs are still going strong. At this stage, Russian law no longer recognizes …

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By Vlady Peters There’s an awful lot of information about the Handfasting ceremony. Libraries carry books on the subject, specialty shops sell special ribbons and cords for the ceremony itself, and you’ll even find boxes and porringers designed for holding those ribbons. And yet, some of the logistics make the Handfasting ceremony something of a …

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As Tevya takes pains to teach us in Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish faith is deeply steeped in tradition. So it comes as no surprise that the traditional Jewish wedding incorporates beautiful customs dating back thousands of years. Among these traditions are the signing of the Ketubah, the chuppah under which the couple stands, and any number …

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Irish Wedding Traditions There’s one Irish wedding tradition that states: ‘Marry in May and Rue The Day,’ while another states: ‘Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man’. When I told my daughter about this Irish superstition, she changed her wedding date so that she’d be married in April! What began as a …

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Many couples choose to get married on a particular holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day brings a wealth of fun opportunities to incorporate into an Irish wedding theme. Here are some wedding favor ideas that you can create for your St. Patrick’s Day (or Irish) themed wedding. Favor Ideas for Your Irish Wedding Lucky Key Chains. Give your guests …

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Couples of mixed religions, or the many who come out of families without strong religious backgrounds, sometimes find it easiest to hold either a non-denominational wedding, or one that blends two unrelated religions. The second route can be tricky, though, because many religions simply won’t honor a wedding that doesn’t conform to their own strict guidelines. For that reason, you’ll …

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By Norah Jones One of the ceremonies many brides-to-be and their young friends look forward to most is the mehendi, without a doubt. And though the art of mehendi is an ancient one that goes back centuries, it’s also become a bit trendy — not only is it a major ceremony in North Indian weddings, …

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By Marc Gunn Looking for the perfect music to escort you down the aisle or entertain your guests on that greatest of all days? Irish brides, look no further: the four atmospheric wedding music CDs described below are sure to pull the heartstrings of one and all throughout your very special evening.   Haste To …

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Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be a sun-kissed couple fresh from the shores of Sicily in order to have an Italian wedding. A couple of Italian descent are more than welcome to weave Italian traditions into their wedding — whether or not they’ve ever set foot in Italy. Many of us find that …

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(See also: Cherry Blossom Weddings) Japanese weddings, although very expensive, are also elegant and serene. If you’re incorporating a Japanese theme into your wedding, here are some ways to achieve an authentic look at a fraction of the price. The Japanese theme begins with the bride’s attire. Traditionally, a bride in Japan wears a white …

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The cherry blossom theme’s a bit of a find (much like that man of yours). You won’t find it dominating back-to-back receptions from June to August — yet it draws on color and thematic trends that couldn’t be fresher. Cherry blossoms are beloved: by the Chinese, the Japanese, fashionistas, home decorators, girly-girls and poets. They …

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While each religion and nationality tends to have its own well-established traditions, it’s become increasingly common for couples of mixed backgrounds and ancestry to marry, even in countries that consider themselves conservative. Indeed, interracial marriages are on the rise, which leads to a growing desire for weddings with a multicultural feel. Chances are at any multicultural wedding that each family’s …

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By Gail Kavanagh In every sense (much like its famous Greek counterpart!), an Italian wedding is a joyous occasion with a big heart. And fortunately for the bride, every aspect of planning it — from strategizing the walk down the aisle to envisioning the last romantic waltz — can be as much fun as the …

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