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If you’re a non-Mormon who has been invited to a Mormon wedding, you may be surprised – though Mormonism is a branch of Christianity, the marriage ceremony is very different than what you may have seen at other Christian weddings. For starters, you won’t be allowed into the ceremony. A traditional Mormon temple sealing is a private event, open only to Mormons in good standing, and... (more)
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A Quaker (or Society of Friends) wedding ceremony will be very different than what you’re used to. For one thing, it’ll be quieter. A Quaker wedding is a lot like a normal Friends meeting. Which means most of it will involve sitting in silence. Quakers usually don’t have clergy, or even one leader who takes charge of meetings. Most are spent in silence until a member is moved to... (more)
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OK, I’ll be honest: I got this assignment only partly because I’ve actually been to a couple of Pagan weddings. (I roomed with a philosophy/art major in college). I think I really got it because I’m the one from the most solidly traditional family and Pagan weddings seem to freak solidly traditional people out more than any other kind. It’s true that a Pagan wedding will probably be... (more)
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The title to this article pretty much can’t help but be misleading. It’s sort of like saying “Here’s what all of Europe will be like.” African-American weddings often draw from a blend of traditions that vary heavily based on the tastes and upbringing of the bride and groom. So the wedding you’re wondering about may be a scrupulous following of a modern Ethiopian ceremony, a blend... (more)
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So you’ve been invited to a Goth wedding and you’re looking for guidance. Cool, I’m proud of you. This invitation means that your Goth friends a) love you and b) know you’re fun enough handle it. You’ll have a blast. So what religion is this going to be? That depends on the Goths in question and how big a stink their parents are putting up. Most Goths of my acquaintance go for... (more)
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There is no set Buddhist wedding ritual. The Buddha didn’t believe weddings were sacred. He recognized that everyone is imperfect, and didn’t think that two people could really belong to each other. He thought that they could pledge to try to get closer to the Truth together, but not really get married the way most other cultures think of it. Yeah, I know: Whee. Even though that... (more)
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If you’re going to your first Catholic wedding, odds are it will be both more hardcore traditional and longer than most weddings you’re used to. The Catholic wedding is considered a sacrament, so the happy couple are unlikely to mess much with the form. You’re very much going to a church service as much as a wedding, so err on the side of dressing in your Sunday best. And that one... (more)
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Islam is practiced in a huge number of countries across the world, so as you read this, please understand that I’m painting in pretty broad strokes. A Muslim wedding in India will look very different from ones you might see in Malaysia, Pakistan, or the United States. An Islamic wedding does not necessarily have to take place in a mosque or other religious facility, and the ceremony... (more)
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I’m kind of excited that we’re at a point in wedding history where we may be seeing a new tradition being born. The ring warming is a beautiful new touch that more and more couples have been adding to their weddings, and my fiancé and I will be incorporating it into our otherwise traditional ceremony. I think this one has staying power. It’s charming, it’s inclusive, it can be a... (more)
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Dating someone your parents don’t like is all good fun in high school. Some girls still date guys who are off the Approved List to shake things up in college – not that they’d admit it for a moment. But after that, you work out your issues and stop dating people for maximum shock value. You pick guys for the way they make you feel, and as a rule, yes, once you really start letting one... (more)
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