Many people love the idea of a brother/sister dance and there are clearly ways to do it without becoming a Lifetime movie of the week, but couples should think carefully about why they're choosing to do it.
I recently sat in a hotel suite in downtown Philadelphia sipping a pre-mixed cocktail called "Kinky" from a straw shaped like an erect penis. It was my future sister-in-law's surprise bachelorette weekend and I was out of my element.
No one really warns you that after that magical minute-and-a-half where you and your partner decide to make a lifelong, legally-binding, love-based commitment, a whole mess of other people get involved. And they can really put a damper on things.
Of course, there are traditions that should be considered and elements that will make a wedding timeless. But it is their wedding, and it is perfectly okay to shake things up, make traditions their own, and make their own rules.
Each item in the poem is thought to bring the bride luck on her wedding day. The "something blue" in the poem is a custom that began in Ancient Israel when brides would wear a blue ribbon in their hair or on the edge of their dresses to symbolize loyalty.
The staples of a traditional wedding aren't just fodder for wedding bloopers. Generation after generation, couples have followed them thinking that the blueprint of a good wedding had to have each one.
Thinking of writing your own wedding vows but feeling stumped and nervous about how to find the words to express the love you feel in your heart? Here is a simple vow writing process that you can do together, or individually, that will help inspire you and bring your vows to life.
In this very progressive and independent society many aspects of traditional wedding planning have been dropped by the wayside. Is it still traditional, or, for that matter, appropriate for the groom-to-be to ask for the father-of-the-bride's "blessing" before he asks his love to marry him?
Why shouldn't every man who has fallen head over heels in love and found their life's partner also have the privilege to look down at his hand and smile, knowing that the love of his life had given him a ring?
Planning a marriage between an observant Jew and a devout Catholic is a delicious brew for controversy. Nonetheless, our interfaith wedding was only two weeks away and I wanted to do something spiritual to mark my upcoming marriage to the man that I loved.