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Questions on Wedding Traditions

Weddings are packed with popular traditions and customs ranging from cultural to superstitious. But even if you are familiar with some wedding customs (did someone say "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"?), it's always good to know where those traditions came from when deciding whether you want to actually put them to use in your own wedding ceremony. Or, maybe you're marrying into a new culture and want to know more about your future spouse's wedding customs. No matter what the situation, we have compiled some of the most popular wedding traditions and customs questions here -- and provided expert answers to help get you through the trickiest moments of wedding ceremony planning. There are explanations for everything from Greek wedding traditions to African-American wedding traditions, Italian wedding traditions, Mexican wedding traditions, and Polish wedding traditions, as well as a host of popular wedding customs you might see at any wedding regardless of culture. Incorporate the traditions into your wedding theme, or use them as a way to make your new family members feel more involved in the ceremony. And in case you don't see your wedding ceremony or reception tradition questions answered here, feel free to submit them to us and we'll do our best to answer them.

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What's the meaning of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"?

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme ("Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Sixpence in Your Shoe") and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on her wedding day, which are simply good luck charms. Don't stress too much about them -- they're the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and attendants will give you... read more

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