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A world of wedding traditions

in Life Lessons, Nonfiction Writing, Romance


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Glancing through the headlines this weekend, I came across a fun article on CNN about wedding traditions around the globe. From golden dresses with fish embroidery to the physical binding together of hands, I found these traditions to be an interesting difference from the American “something borrowed, something blue.”

Here’s a quick glance at some of my favorites. To see more, check out the full story on CNN.

  • Iran weddings are full of symbolism. My favorite was the use of seven herbs and spices to guard the couple against spiritual harm.
  • In Tunisia, the wedding is a ceremony that lasts several days. At least one of the nights, the bride-to-be wears a golden dress with fish embroidered on it.
  • Japanese weddings traditionally include a series of Sake sips for the bride, groom, and their parents. Now it’s a party!
  • In Wiccan ceremonies, the couple’s hands are bound together by a tie or strap to symbolize the bond.
  • In Sikh, the groom gives money to the bride’s family, there are ceremonial prayers and readings, and the wedding is concluded with a celebratory pudding.

My wedding was traditional American Christian. The only unique thing we had is that my husband and I turned to face the guests for the vows rather than them looking at the back of my dress.

What is your favorite wedding tradition?


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