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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

It is one of the great tragedies of modern marriage that no one has yet figured out how to conjure up a Thank-You Note Fairy. But they haven’t, so you and your groom have to write them. You can do this. It will make your marriage stronger. OK, maybe ...

So one of the whole things I don’t get about weddings is how we’re all still pretending that guys only have guy friends and women only hang with chicks. When was the last time that was true, the Sixties? Oh, don’t ask – Sixties people don’t know ...

I am on record as someone who loves a weird wedding. And as someone who intends to have one herself. I think it’s great when brides and grooms let their freak flags fly at weddings. But that doesn’t mean you should confuse your guests. As fun and taboo-breaking ...

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 ...

I’m a huge fan of a la carte weddings. I love the blending of cultures, the freedom couples feel to choose the traditions that resonate with them, and the creation of new rituals to help couples express exactly what’s in their hearts. It’s one of the few ...

I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to bridesmaid duties. So far all I’ve had to do is buy a few dresses and help put together centerpieces, wedding favors, and bags of birdseed. Oh, and once I drove to a convenience store for some ice. But I had ...

I’m going to be honest with you: There’s no way that postponing your wedding doesn’t suck. I mean, the end result may be distinctly non-sucky, but dealing with the postponement? Will suck and suck hard, so just brace yourself. This too shall pass. You can reflect on ...

I almost feel bad about writing this article. I feel like mothers-in-law get a bad rap. I’ve been lucky enough to date guys with terrific, welcoming moms. (In fact, one was too welcoming, and was prone to handing me small children at family events and exclaiming “Look how good ...

A few of my friends have asked me if I’m going to trash my wedding dress. I think it’s because I’m The Arty One. I didn’t know what they meant at first. OK, I miss the occasional trend. So sue me. In case you’ve missed ...

If you have one of those families where the only issues that crop up at gatherings of the clan are over who gets to be the top hat in the Monopoly game this year, go ahead and skip to the next article. This one is for those of us who ...

Talking about revered wedding traditions we’d like to bag got us to talking about newer customs. OK, to be entirely accurate, it got us to talking about newer customs and drinking tequila. Since many etiquette books and wedding-vet friends are divided on these, we thought we’d weigh in ...