Every culture has different traditions to celebrate a wedding. In India, for example, this special time of love and commitment is celebrated with food and dancing and lasts up to a week! What are some wedding traditions in your family's culture? Ask your parents.
On the groom's side of the altar, he has his Best Man and his groomsmen. The Best Man is usually the groom's brother or best friend and they support the groom as he says "I do." During the reception, the Best Man gets up and shares stories and laughs about the man of the hour.
Roses are the most common flowers in a wedding bouquet, and favorite colors are red, pink and white. These colors stand for love, gratitude and loyalty. After the wedding, the bride tosses the bouquet over her shoulder and superstition says that the woman who catches it will be the next to get married.
Before the bride walks down the aisle, another pretty lady walks in front of her. Traditionally, the flower girl scatters rose petals so that the bride can walk on a beautiful path of flowers. The couple chooses a favorite niece, sister or friend for this very special role in the wedding procession.
Bon voyage! It may be a weekend away or an extravagant trip around the world. Wherever the destination, the honeymoon is a chance for the couple to relax. Planning a wedding and a new life together is stressful, so this vacation is a well-deserved break.
Brides spend a lot of time thinking about who they want to see at altar when they get married, and not just the groom! A sister or best friend, the Maid of Honor helps the bride get ready for the most important day of her life.
The ring bearer is a child from the family who dresses up in a handsome tuxedo and carries the wedding rings to the altar. A few wacky people have their favorite pet, like a beloved golden retriever, deliver the rings. It's an important job and somebody's got to do it!
The bride and groom cut the first piece of their beautiful wedding cake together to symbolize the many happy meals they'll share. Sometimes they even mash cake on each other's faces in a silly moment. It's one of the only times that parents encourage their children to have a food fight.
Some important responsibilities for the wedding DJ include playing the first song for the couple, the first song for the bride and her father and the first song for the groom and his mother. Choosing a song is an important task, and the songs always show a ton of personality!
Since the groom will be seeing his wife for the first time, he cannot sneak a peek before the ceremony. She has to choose her dress in secret, so when she walks down the aisle, the groom falls in love with her all over again. A wedding dress is a treasure that gets passed from generation to generation, remembered forever.
These aren't the cards your Mom sends out for your birthday party. Wedding invitations include a lot more paper. First, the couple mails out the wedding date. Then they send an announcement and an RSVP card. RSVP simply means "respondez s'il vous plait," which is French for "respond please."
Some favorite places to get married are in church, on the beach, in a vineyard, in the couple's home or during a romantic getaway to France or Italy. From big to small, far away to right in the backyard, choosing the perfect place for a wedding is a fun decision.
After the hard work of the ceremony, there is a big party! The couple and their families provide food, music and drink for their guests. During the reception, the married couple walks around and talks to every single guest. They eat, drink and dance as a married couple for the first time!
The most common stone in an engagement or wedding ring is the diamond, which means eternal love. The bride-to-be wears an engagement ring on the ring finger of her left hand until the wedding ceremony. Then, the bride and groom exchange wedding bands, made of gold or silver. They say: "With this ring, I thee wed."
During the ceremony, the couple reads vows, or promises, to each other. Some people choose vows that are typical of their religion or culture. Other couples write their own so that the moment is precious and deeply personal. Either way, these words are a promise of lifelong love.