Five “Under the Radar” Jewish Wedding Traditions

by The Modern Jewish Wedding

We are all familiar with the Jewish Stomping of the Glass wedding tradition. Usually the groom breaks the glass, everyone shouts, “Mazel Tov” and the wedding’s ‘official cocktail hour’ begins. If you’re looking to go beyond glass breaking, then keep reading. Here are 5 lesser-known Jewish wedding traditions worthy of consideration and possible inclusion in your Jewish Wedding (or your wedding featuring special Jewish touches). 1. Be Treated Like A Queen Every bride...

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Enchanted Garden Wedding in Chicago:Rachel and CJ

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Bella Pictures Rachel and CJ's luxe Chicago wedding will be featured on WEtv's Platinum Weddings tonight, but we've got a sneak peak from Bella Pictures!! Rachel and CJ's special day started with a traditional religious wedding ceremony in Cicero, IL. After the couple said I Do, they were whisked off to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, their wedding reception venue. The ballroom at the Westin was completely transformed into a romantic, opulent enchanted...

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Ornate Traditional Indian Wedding: Praveen and Ankur

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Bella Pictures Praveen and Ankur had a magnificent wedding in Skokie, Illinois. They chose Skokie Banquet & Conference Center for their wedding venue, and the entire affair was the epitome of a traditional Indian wedding! Rich blue, red and gold details & traditional patterns were the hallmark of Praveen and Ankur's special day, and to say that the wedding vibe was opulent and ornate would be an understatement. In keeping with Indian tradition, the bride sported...

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A Mexican Wedding Tradition in Honor of Cinco De Mayo

by Azure

Today is Cinco De Mayo, a celebration of Mexican independence and a generally good reason to have a party! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate your Mexican heritage with your wedding, consider the Lasso ceremony (also known as the lazo, cord or rope ceremony). This ceremony is popular in both Mexican and Filipino ceremonies. During the wedding ceremony a cord, representing the rosary, is placed in a figure eight around the couple. It’s a beautiful and meaningful...

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Featured Traditional Hindu Wedding: Sunil and Shobna

by Azure

Featured Wedding by Buffy Goodman Photography Sunil and Shobna's Hindu wedding celebration took place in October, 2009 in Edmonton, Canada. Sunil and Shobna are both incredibly warm and friendly people, and it was heartwarming to see them each share so much joy and laughter throughout the 3 days of pre-wedding celebrations. Hindu weddings typically span 5 or 6 days, and the days leading up to the actual marriage include several celebrations at the homes of both the brides parents'...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Can I Have a Pagan-Christian Wedding?

by Azure

In this week's Ask the Wedding Maven column the Maven answers a question from a bride who wants to combine her desire for a Pagan/Wiccan/Gothic Handfasting ceremony with her in-laws desire to have a more traditional Christian Wedding. Want to see if the Wedding Maven can help with this interfaith wedding dilemma? If you need wedding advice or have a question about wedding traditions, etiquette or relationships write her at weddingmaven@onewed.com Helpful Links This Week's...

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Queerly Wed: Which Traditions Will You Follow?

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Stacy Jacobs of Queerly Wed Despite the fact that I have forgotten most of the Hebrew I ever learned, I still identify as a “Cultural Jew.” These days, neither Melissa nor I are tied to one faith and at first thought many of the typical wedding traditions would have to be thrown out the window for us. However, we decided that we should go ahead and pick the rituals that we felt would signify our relationship with each other and our families. The...

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Queerly Wed: When Religious Family Members Object

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Melissa Johns of QueerlyWed The vast majority of people who object to same-sex relationships and marriage do so on religious grounds. Coming out to such people can be very difficult, depending on how close you are to them and how much you seek their approval. For the most part, I’ve been lucky because even though most of my family is very religious, I have been given full support of my choice to marry my same-sex partner. I do have religious family members...

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A Unique Perspective on Bridal Fashion: A Modest Bride

by Azure

Special to OneWed by Debbie ofModest Couture(the only modest-style bridal shop in all of Missouri!) Modesty has evolved over the course of American History. Showing too much ankle was once considered immodest. Over the past several decades, however, wedding dresses have become more revealing. In fact, it’s only been in the last 10-15 years that strapless wedding gowns have become the conventional bridal fashion. As a result, modest wedding dresses have become more difficult to find...

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The Man Registry: What is Marriage Prep and Will I Survive it?

by Azure

About The Man Registry Love, children, family, and marital duties — if you're planning on being married in a church, these are some issues you’ll most likely discuss in a marriage preparation class. Some grooms may cringe at the thought of spending a Saturday or Sunday afternoon discussing and learning about marriage (especially if it's football season). But if you take the classes seriously, there’s actually a lot of good information you can get out of them. Consider this...

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