Royal weddings are full of history and traditions, and Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding is sure to incorporate many of them. But they aren't following the rules with every aspect of their big day. From their vows to their personal backgrounds, the soon-to-be-wed couple are breaking the royal wedding mold in more ways than one. Here are 10 examples of how they'll be saying "I don't" to tradition.
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From sumptuous wedding cakes to rice thrown after a reception, food and drink play an important role in weddings. The exact traditions, however, vary from place to place. I've cooked up a quiz that covers all manner of food- and drink-related wedding traditions from all over the world. See how much you know while you feast on these facts.
When it comes to wedding cakes, you may know everything there is about tiers and toppers, frosting and fondant, and all the layers in between. But what about when it comes to other countries? Could you tell the difference between a kransekake and a croquembouche?
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- A disorganized bride — idanceinmycar
- Having weddings on holiday weekends — Anonymous
- Making guests wait an hour for the bride and groom to show up — danakscully64
- The "dollar dance" — sarasonne
- Female guests who wear white — vertes
- Being stuck sitting next to strangers at the reception dinner — chloe bella
- Forcing involvement in the bouquet toss — tlsgirl
- Awkward speeches — PontNeuf
- Weddings that are too "prom-like" — lucyinthesky1130
- And finally, judging other people's weddings — lilkimbo
Whether you're the one getting married, you belong in the wedding party, or you're attending the nuptials of a friend or family member, there are always parts of the process that rub you the wrong way.
If you're the bride, you may be irritated that no one RSVPs before the deadline, your mom is too involved in your dress shopping, or you have a difficult bridesmaid. As a bridal party member, you may have a bridezilla on your hands, too many expensive showers and bachelorette parties to attend, or sleazy groomsmen to deal with. Attendees may be annoyed by pricey cash bars, ceremony locations not prepared for extreme temps (or rain), or lack of a plus-one invite.
If you're a bride-to-be who's bored with the typical American wedding traditions, why not make your "something borrowed" a wedding custom from another culture? Every country has its own twist on matrimony, from the engagement to the ceremony to the bride and groom's exit, so I've rounded up 10 traditions from around the world that are worth stealing.
If you haven't guessed, it's wedding season here on Sugar. Earlier this week many of you agreed that skipping some common wedding traditions can help give your big day individual flavor. Plus, sometimes these customs just don't sit right with us. I've rounded up a bunch of traditions, including the ones that some of you dislike (think the garter and bouquet tosses, the pre-wedding parties, and the gender-specific roles). Check them out and vote: "I do" if you'd keep it in your wedding, or "I don't" if you would ditch it. Then we should have a consensus on which traditions should be retired and which should be revived!
On her wedding day a bride traditionally wears something old (to represent her past), something new (to represent her new family), something borrowed (hopefully from someone with good luck!), and something blue (to represent purity and fidelity). Now you know the symbolism behind the rhyme that dates back to Victorian times. But what's behind all those other bridal traditions? See if you can guess with this quiz. Even if you're not planning your own wedding, the trivia will help you impress fellow guests next time you go to one!Take the Quiz
Weddings come with so many traditions that it often takes an extra effort to give your big day a unique spin. One good way to make it your own? Ditch all the customs that get on your nerves.
I'm sure single ladies would gladly pass on the relationship-status-blaring bouquet toss. And as a bride, you might not want to flash your leg to all your friends and family as your new husband takes off your garter. Perhaps you could pass on gender-specific attendants and have your best guy friend stand as your "bridesman." Or maybe you'd rather give yourself away, thank you very much.
What traditions would you throw out?