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Wedding Traditions

When Men Should Change Their Last Names | Posted 03.05.2013 | Weddings

More than 50 percent of Americans think the woman should be legally required to take her husband’s name in heterosexual marriages. The reason typ...

The Big Problem With Wedding Registries

Posted 03.04.2013 | Weddings

Wedding registries may be an efficient way for newlyweds to begin building their life together, but a recent study suggests that the ritual has had a ...

I'm Gay -- So Can I Have A Traditional Wedding Anyway?

YourTango | Biz Hurst | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Gay weddings are relatively unprecedented. In the meantime, I'll make my own traditions. I was never one of those little girls who dreamed of her w...

What If You DON'T Have Sex On Your Wedding Night? | Posted 11.16.2012 | Weddings

If you don’t sleep together on your wedding night, are you screwed? (And yes, sleep means sex)....

PHOTOS: 10 Incredibly Sweet Father-Daughter Moments

Kellee Khalil | Posted 01.10.2013 | Weddings
Kellee Khalil

But guess who else might shed a tear or two? Don't underestimate the power of sentimental moments -- even on grown men!

The Most Awkward New Wedding Trend?

Marta Segal Block | Posted 01.09.2013 | Weddings
Marta Segal Block

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.

American Bachelorette

Natalie Rinn | Posted 12.16.2012 | Weddings
Natalie Rinn

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.

Why Venezuelan Newlyweds Are Especially Lucky

Posted 11.05.2012 | Weddings

We're all familiar with common wedding traditions -- the white dress, the garter and the bridal party, to name a few. But what about the gift of thirt...

Top 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding Your Own

Diane Farr | Posted 12.02.2012 | Weddings
Diane Farr

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.

Turning Marriage Right Side Up: Lilith on Top

Robert B. Barr | Posted 11.20.2012 | Women
Robert B. Barr

It is time for marriage to be turned right side up. It is time for Eve Marriages to go away and Lilith Marriages to arise. For when women are on top -- everyone will ultimately benefit.

Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Wedding Traditions

Sharon Sacks | Posted 11.13.2012 | Weddings
Sharon Sacks

Wedding traditions such as this one date back to hundreds and hundreds of years ago, and fascinatingly enough are still very much alive.

7 Wedding Superstitions That Will Weird You Out

Posted 07.13.2012 | Weddings

Making it to your wedding day takes a lot of planning and a little luck. When you finally do get to the Big Day, the last thing you want is to brin...

5 Wedding Traditions You Shouldn't Skip

Brian Worley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Weddings
Brian Worley

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.

How To Add 'Something Blue' To Your Big Day

Dana Levy | Posted 05.20.2012 | Weddings
Dana Levy

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.

WATCH: Gay Father's Intimate Moment With His Newlywed Son

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the era of marriage equality, it isn't just traditional nuptials themselves which are getting a makeover -- but other wedding customs, too. Ind...

QUIZ: Where In The World Do You Find This Wedding Tradition?

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Lai | Posted 01.20.2012 | Weddings

Weddings may be held all over the world, but when it comes to Big Day details, each culture celebrates nuptials differently. After all, not all co...

You Want To Spend HOW Much Money On One Day?

Barbara Risman | Posted 01.10.2012 | Weddings
Barbara Risman

I love weddings, whomever is paying for them. I see a very new meaning for them in our geographically mobile world.

5 Wedding Traditions You Can Skip

Justine Schwartz | Posted 01.09.2012 | Weddings
Justine Schwartz

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.

10 Couples Who Proved Fairy Tales Do Come True

Posted 10.25.2012 | Weddings

Unless you had royal blood running through your veins, marrying Prince Charming used to be the stuff of fairy tales. But as we’ve seen with the ...

Is A Bride Simply Buying A Dream Version Of HERSELF?

Pamela Haag | Posted 12.11.2011 | Weddings
Pamela Haag

It's a dramatic shift in weddings from fifty years ago, this quest for individuality. No more the conformity of my parents' generation, which married in obedience to orthodoxy and script.

Six Steps To Writing Meaningful Wedding Vows

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 12.04.2011 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

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.

Is This The Most Retrograde Wedding Tradition Ever?

Crista Tharp | Posted 12.04.2011 | Weddings
Crista Tharp

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 Men Should Wear Engagement Rings, Too

Barbara Risman | Posted 12.02.2011 | Weddings
Barbara Risman

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?

Why Most Wedding 'Traditions' Are Anything but Traditional

Siri Agrell | Posted 12.02.2011 | Weddings
Siri Agrell

The earliest bridesmaids always wore white, dressed as mirror images of the bride they were attending. Bridesmaids, you see, were invented as a sort of human decoy.

Why I Got Naked and Jumped Into the Ocean Before My Wedding

Jessica Langer-Sousa | Posted 12.02.2011 | Weddings
Jessica Langer-Sousa

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.