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Intro to Bridal Showers

Bridal showers can be one of the most stressful events for the bride and one that raises the most questions. Who gives the shower? Can you have more than one shower? Do you have it male and female or just female? To have or not to have children? Does the groom come? All of these…

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence in your Shoe”. This rhyme originated during Victorian times and is still commonly practiced for good luck. Something Old ~ The “old”signifies the hope that the couple’s friends will stay with them. ~ The “old” also symbolizes the bride’s connection to her past –…

Unity Candle (Multiple Traditions)

This joining ritual is quite popular tradition at Catholic weddings, but its significance is universal: the joining of the couple as a new family, as well as the merging of their two original families. Usually the officiant will explain the unity candle’s meaning – the following is an example: _____ and _____, the two separate…

Test the four Elements (Yoruba tradition)

Test the four Elements (Yoruba tradition) In a ritual adapted from a Yoruba tradition, the bride and groom taste four flavors that represent different emotions within a relationship: sour (lemon), bitter (vinegar), hot (cayenne), and sweet (honey). By tasting each of the flavors, the couple symbolically demonstrates that they will be able to get through…

P’ye-Baek (Korean Tradition)

A P’ye-Baek (Korean Tradition) The bride offers dates and chestnuts – symbols of children – to the groom’s parents while sitting at a low table covered with other symbolic offerings. The parents offer sake in return, and as a final gesture they throw the dates and chestnuts at the bride, who tries to catch them…

Mala Badol (Bandladesh Tradition)

After the wedding feast, the ritual of Mala badol is performed in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. A thin cloth is placed over both the bride and groom. They feed each other and share sips of borhani (a spicy yogurt drink) beneath the cloth. While looking at their reflection in a mirror, the bride…

Honey and Walnuts (Greece)

In some of the Greek islands, the wedding ceremony ends with honey and walnuts offered to the bride and groom from silver spoons. Walnuts are chosen because they break into four parts, symbolizing the bride the groom, and their two families.

Handfasting Traditions

Handfasting (Afrocenric) In some African tribes, the bride and groom have their wrists tied together with cloth or braided grass. To symbolize your own unity, have your officiant or a close friend tie your wrists together with a piece of kente cloth or a strand of cowrie shells (symbols of fertility and prosperity) while affirming…

Gifts of Eggs (Muslim)

Eggs, which represent fertility and righteousness in Islam, are often given to the couple as symbolic gifts. The bride and groom may be handed eggs and showered with rice, candy, and dried fruit as they leave the reception.

Garland Exchange (Hindu and Hawaiian tradition)

In both Hindu and Hawaiian ceremonies, the bride and groom exchange garlands of flowers. In Hindu weddings, the bride and groom meet in front of the mandap (wedding platform), where they exchange gifts of flower garlands before stepping onto the platform in a ceremony called Kanya baran Jaimala. They then wear the garlands around their…