Tradition

How much is/did tradition play in your wedding? Are there any special (family/religious/ethnic) traditions that you made sure to include in your special day?
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 10:09 am
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ann003
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We're having a very casual wedding on the beach - so there are no real ethnic or family traditions included. We did, however, have a traditional engagement ceremony, so that was the nod to our heritage.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 10:24 am
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The only Chinese tradition that we did for our wedding was the Chinese banquet. Usually, that's for the wedding reception, but since we opted for an American reception at the resort, we had the Chinese banquet as our rehearsal dinner instead.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 10:57 am
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We're having our Japanese Buddhist ceremony on the beach and doing the San San Kudo (the Japanese sake ceremony). I'm excited that we'll be able to put something from our culture into it!
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 11:21 am
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We are have a Latino Catholic wedding which includes Arras, Laso and the Virgin Mary.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 12:11 pm
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We're having traditional Chinese banquet food at our reception and doing a tea ceremony. I'll also change into a cheongsam part way through the reception.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 12:33 pm
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The feel that I was aiming for was contemporary with hints of Asian elements. We had a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony and a Chinese Lion Dance, two different dresses and shoes. The Lion Dance was very popular. We incorporated the Chinese Double Happiness symbol into our wedding logo. This was echoed in our invitations, programs, placecards. We were supposed to have a gobo of the double happiness and our names, but the lighting company could not find our custom gobo cut out?!? Instead of sticking with the traditional red, I chose pink. I chose orchids and a branchy motif for my florals, somewhat of an Asian feel.

All of these elements were incorporated into a formal, seated, catered Western dinner.
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 3:05 pm
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My FI is Persian and I'm American. Its important to us both to merge traditions through out the wedding. We're not however wanting a stuffy, traditional wedding, just influences. The ceremony will play almost identical to a classic American one with slight alterations such as a spread that the bride and groom sit in front of and a few symbolic traditions of the beautiful Persian culture. We'll also have food from both of our cultural backgrounds. Mostly, we want a big, beautiful, and fun party.

What about you Moemarsita?
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 5:06 am
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I actually don't have any fun traditions outside of the traditional American wedding. I'm jealous because all these traditions sound so fun and personal. I may have to start my own!
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 8:47 am
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I think starting your own is a GREAT idea...sometimes traditions can lose their beauty just because everybody does it that way. But maybe I feel strongly about that because of the people who were horrified at some of the "traditions" we left out and it required some determination on our part to make sure that things went the way the two of us wanted. We didn't do the garter thing, or the bouquet toss, or the picture montage of us growing up. But we added our own touches: our groomsmen and bridesmaids all entered from the back (partly due to Nestldown's grounds with their amazing aisle among the redwoods) and we had them enter two guys, then two girls, until the ringbearer and flower girl came in together. Then we had a guy-girl semi-circle waiting for us at the bottom--I'm so glad we did. It was kinda fun to be doing something a little bit different.
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 10:28 am
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We are having a scottish bag piper (because my fiance is scottish), I'm walking down the aisle to Somebody to Love by Queen (totally non-traditional) and then I'm having the Nigerian tradition of 'the little bride'. Our wedding is going to be totally eclectic but I hope all the cultures blend together nicely.
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm
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I asked DH if he wanted to "jump the broom" but he didn't. We did incorporate the Lei Exchange with each other and each guest, a longheld tradition in Hawaii (where we were married).

I guess a "new tradition" was doing a Ring Warming before the Ring Exchange.

We had the Prayer of St. Francis (from the Catholic Tradition) and as another twist on our backgrounds (we both have Judaic Roots) we included our own version of the Seven Blessings.
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 5:44 pm
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my in-laws are pretty traditional, so we're including a few things into our wedding... 1) tea ceremony for the parents on the morning of the wedding, 2) i'll wear a traditional chinese dress at the end of the nite while sending guests off (if i can fit into my sister-in-law's dress) and 3) we'll have having a separate chinese banquet in boston 3 weeks later
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 5:54 pm
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My mother is planning a second reception that we will have in Asia where she is from and then we are having our main American wedding and reception. My FI's parents will join us abroad and we will have the whole traditional thing she wants to do! However it will probably be six mos to a year after our real wedding due to military stuff. Our main American event has its own set but those traditions are quite standard as both sides are WASPy and boring haha. I'll be doing a couple small family traditions that hearken English/French ancestors because I know they did it too but thats it.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 4:03 am
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At first I didn't really want to follow any traditions at all. My FI is Italian and I am Chinese. My dad isn't really asking for anything to be done. My dad and I went to Chinatown for fun to search for a chinese dress. The first shop we went to - they were going to charge me $350 for a tailor made dress. I was just shocked. Then my dad and I went driving around chinatown to look for store vendors. We actually found a vendor store that sold me a cheongsam for $30 bucks and it fit perfectly. So I guess I will be doing a dress change to my chinese before the table toasting so I can comfortable.
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 5:59 am

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