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A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.

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      Bride A bride is a woman about to be married or newlywed. In Western culture, a bride may be attended by one or more…
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      A bride is a woman about to be married or newlywed. In Western culture, a bride may be attended by one or more bridesmaids.

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    • Bride: A woman about to be married. from Wedding

    • A traditional English rhyme details what a bride should wear or carry at her wedding for good luck: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. from Wedding

    • A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. from Wedding

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    • A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. from Wedding dress

    • She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. from Bridesmaid

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. from Wedding breakfast

    • The bride's father would deliver her to the groom, and the two agreed that they were wed, and would keep the vow of marriage by mutual consent. from Marriage vows

    • In the United Kingdom, stag and hen (not doe) nights are held separately as parties where the future bride and groom have one last night of partying as single people before the upcoming wedding, in a similar way to bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. from Stag and doe

    • Indian wedding clothes is the set of clothes worn by the bride, bridegroom and other relatives attending the wedding during a marriage. from Indian wedding clothes

    • The term refers to the wreath that a bride traditionally wears at her wedding. from Wreath money

    • "Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. from Something old

    • Such formal exchange may be seen in the ceremony of the traditional Christian wedding , in which the bride is given to the groom by her father. from Exchange of women

    • A woman on her wedding day is usually described as a bride, even after the wedding ceremony, while being described as a wife is also appropriate after the wedding or after the honeymoon. from Wife

    • Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies. from Mehndi

    • However, they must spend three weeks apart without contact, and the bridegroom must organise every aspect of the event and attire, including the wedding dress, as well as the hen and stag parties, surprising the bride. from Don't Tell the Bride

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      Bridegroom A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married. A bridegroom is…
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      A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married. A bridegroom is typically attended by a best man and groomsmen.…

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      A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married. A bridegroom is typically attended by a best man and groomsmen.
      If marrying a woman, his partner is usually referred to as the bride. The gender-neutral word spouse can also be used for both heterosexual and same-sex partners.

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    • Bridegroom or Groom: A man who is about to be married. from Wedding

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. from Wedding breakfast

    • The bride's father would deliver her to the groom, and the two agreed that they were wed, and would keep the vow of marriage by mutual consent. from Marriage vows

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    • In the United Kingdom, stag and hen (not doe) nights are held separately as parties where the future bride and groom have one last night of partying as single people before the upcoming wedding, in a similar way to bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. from Stag and doe

    • Such formal exchange may be seen in the ceremony of the traditional Christian wedding , in which the bride is given to the groom by her father. from Exchange of women

    • Indian wedding clothes is the set of clothes worn by the bride, bridegroom and other relatives attending the wedding during a marriage. from Indian wedding clothes

    • According to many traditions a bridegroom wears a kittel on his wedding day. from Kittel

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, groom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. from Meal

    • This village has many charming customs, for instance during a wedding it is tradition for young residents of the village to lock the church gates and demand money from the bride and groom. from Kelbrook

    • Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception. from Party favor

    • During wedding ceremonies, the groom's father goes around all tables and offers a glass of rakia to all guests, sharing a toast for the happiness of the newlyweds. from Rakia

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      Wedding reception A wedding reception is a party held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. It is held as hospitality for…
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      A wedding reception is a party held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. It is held as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. Hosts provide their choice of food…

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      A wedding reception is a party held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. It is held as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. Hosts provide their choice of food and drink, although a wedding cake is popular. Entertaining guests after a wedding ceremony is traditional in most societies, and can last anywhere from half an hour to many hours or even days.
      In some cultures, separate wedding celebrations are held for the bride's and groom's families.
      Before receptions—a social event that is structured around a receiving line, and usually held in the afternoon, with only light refreshments—became popular, weddings were more typically celebrated with wedding breakfasts (for those whose religious traditions encouraged morning weddings) and wedding balls (for those who were married in the evening). The popularity of receptions, rather than breakfasts, dinners, and balls, during the 20th century led to the name reception being applied to any social event after a wedding, whether it is brunch, tea, dinner, or a dance.

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    • And just like a real wedding, a reception and a feast is organized where guests are asked to wear appropriate clothing. from Wedding

    • The wedding ceremony is often followed by a drinks reception then a wedding breakfast, in which the rituals may include speeches from the groom, best man, father of the bride and possibly the bride, the newlyweds first dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. from Wedding

    • Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. from Wedding

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    • Wedding traditions vary between countries, and between regions of the same country. from Wedding reception

    • It is held as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. from Wedding reception

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. from Wedding breakfast

    • At a wedding reception, the father of the bride, in his role as host, regularly offers the first toast, thanking the guests for attending, offering tasteful remembrances of the bride's childhood, and wishing the newlyweds a happy life together. from Toast (honor)

    • Encompassing over 180 acres, the camp offers facilities for weddings, receptions, retreats, challenge courses, summer camps, banquets and other large-group events. from Camp Loughridge

    • Today, the house remains owned by the city of Monroe and is primarily used as a banquet hall for reserved events, such as weddings and wedding receptions. from Sawyer House (Monroe, Michigan)

    • At this time it was decided that operations would be expanded to include weddings and receptions in the castle courtyard in an effort to better utilize the facility, better serve the needs of the public, and to raise additional funds to further the charitable programs of the Sisters of Mercy. from Searles Castle (New Hampshire)

    • Hochzeitssuppe is eaten in Northern Germany and Southern Germany by the bride and groom and guests, traditionally after the wedding ceremony, and it is usually served as the starter on the menu at the wedding reception. from Hochzeitssuppe

    • The meeting rooms on the tower's mezzanine level are in great demand for business meetings and social events like retirement parties, class reunions, birthday parties, weddings, and receptions. from Union Station (Meridian, Mississippi)

    • As with many similar bridal magazines, it is designed to be an in-depth resource for brides-to-be, with many photographs and articles on wedding dresses, cakes, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons. from Brides (magazine)

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, groom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. from Meal

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      Bridesmaid The bridesmaids are members of the bride's party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a…
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      The bridesmaids are members of the bride's party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a close friend or sister. She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.…

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      The bridesmaids are members of the bride's party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a close friend or sister. She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.
      The principal bridesmaid, if one is so designated, may be called the chief bridesmaid or maid of honor if she is unmarried, or the matron of honor if she is married. A junior bridesmaid is a girl who is clearly too young to be marriageable, but who is included as an honorary bridesmaid. In the United States, typically only the Maid/Matron of Honor and the Best Man are the official witnesses for the wedding license.
      Often there is more than one bridesmaid: in modern times the bride chooses how many to ask. Historically, no person of status went out unattended, and the size of the retinue was closely calculated to be appropriate to the family's social status. A large group of bridesmaids provided an opportunity for showing off the family's social status and wealth. Today, the number of bridesmaids in a wedding party is dependent on many variables, including a bride's preferences, the size of her family, and the number of attendants her partner would like to have as well.
      The male equivalent is the groomsman, also known in British English as an usher; in the United States, the role of attending to the groom has diverged from that of escorting guests to their seats, and the two positions are no longer synonymous and are often if not usually filled by different persons.
      In some cultures, such as in Norway and Victorian England, it has been customary for bridesmaids to be small girls rather than grown women. They may carry flowers during the wedding procession and pose with the married couple in bridal photos. In modern English-speaking countries, this role is separate from that of the bridesmaid, and the small child performing it is known as a flower girl.

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    • Bridesmaids: The female attendants to a bride. from Wedding

    • Maid, Matron or Man of Honor: The title and position held by a bride's chief attendant, typically her closest friend or sibling. from Wedding

    • She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. from Bridesmaid

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    • The term maid of honour is the origin of the American English term maid of honor, usually the best friend of a bride who leads her bridal party. from Maid of honour

    • Apparently shot by one of three bridesmaids, it shows a bride (Canadian actress Jodi Behan) so unhappy with her hairstyle on her wedding day that she starts cutting it off. from Bride Has Massive Hair Wig Out

    • Waking up at home, Havens struggles through a day fitting a bridesmaid's dress for her sister's wedding, and is shocked to learn her sister would like to sell their father's Pontiac GTO tri-power, which Havens had planned on finishing as a wedding present. from Knight and Day

    • A couple sends a request in writing to the congregation's "service committee", which assesses whether the couple is "in good standing, living in harmony with Bible principles and Jehovah’s righteous standards" and that they also approve of the members of the couple's wedding party (that is, groomsmen and bridesmaids). from Kingdom Hall

    • The Spanish words for the godparent roles are used for members of the wedding party—padrino meaning "godfather" or "best man" and madrina meaning "godmother" or "matron of honor"—reflecting the custom of baptismal sponsors acting in this role in a couple's wedding. from Godparent

    • In Men at Arms, it is stated that the Librarian likes being the Best Man at weddings because he is allowed to kiss the bridesmaids and they are not allowed to run away; in Lords and Ladies the Librarian served as the Best Man for Magrat and Verence. from Unseen University

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      Wedding dress A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. Color, style and…
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      A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the wedding participants. In Western cultures, brides often choose a white wedding dress, which was made popular by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness.

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    • A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. from Wedding

    • A wedding dress or wedding gown is the clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony. from Wedding dress

    • However, they must spend three weeks apart without contact, and the bridegroom must organise every aspect of the event and attire, including the wedding dress, as well as the hen and stag parties, surprising the bride. from Don't Tell the Bride

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    • While the brides are followed to bridal boutiques to pick out the perfect wedding dress, some select two dresses, one for the wedding and one for the reception, to honor special cultural wedding traditions and customs, or simply for a different reception look. from Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?

    • As with many similar bridal magazines, it is designed to be an in-depth resource for brides-to-be, with many photographs and articles on wedding dresses, cakes, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons. from Brides (magazine)

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      Engagement An engagement or betrothal is a promise to wed, and also the period of time between a marriage proposal and a…
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      An engagement or betrothal is a promise to wed, and also the period of time between a marriage proposal and a marriage—which may be lengthy or trivial. During this period, a couple is said to be betrothed, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called the betrothed, a…

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      An engagement or betrothal is a promise to wed, and also the period of time between a marriage proposal and a marriage—which may be lengthy or trivial. During this period, a couple is said to be betrothed, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, fiancée or fiancé, respectively (from the French word fiancer). The duration of the courtship varies vastly.
      Long engagements were once common in formal arranged marriages, and it was not uncommon for parents betrothing children to arrange marriages many years before the engaged couple were old enough.

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    • First the engagement will be announced just as if it would be an officially marriage. from Wedding

    • A double wedding is a double ceremony where two affianced couples rendezvous for two simultaneous or consecutive weddings. from Wedding

    • The origins of European engagement in marriage practice is found in the Jewish law (Torah), first exemplified by Abraham, and outlined in the last Talmudic tractate of the Nashim (Women) order, where marriage consists of two separate acts, called erusin (or kiddushin, meaning sanctification ), which is the betrothal ceremony, and nissu'in or chupah, the actual ceremony for the marriage. from Engagement

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    • The runaway bride case was the case of Jennifer Carol Wilbanks (born March 1, 1973), an American woman who ran away from home on April 26, 2005, in order to avoid her wedding with John Mason, her fiancé, on April 30. from Runaway bride case

    • At the end of series seven, Malcolm MacGregor, Iona's ex-fiancee returns to the glen, and the two agree to marry; Paul is put as Malcolm's best man, and at the wedding, Paul tells Iona he loves her and she gives back her love to Paul herself, leaving Malcolm on his own. from Paul Bowman-MacDonald

    • On the eve of his bachelor party, Jeremy (Jeremy Sisto) learns that his fiancée, Kerri (Rashida Jones), wants to call off their wedding without providing a reason. from Now You Know (film)

    • Meanwhile, Charlie meets and falls in love with an attractive waitress Billie Tyler (Charlize Theron) who causes Charlie to rethink his impending wedding to his shrill, self-absorbed fiancée, Tiffany (Alexandra Wentworth). Richard becomes involved with the prosecutor, Elizabeth (Jessica Steen) against whom he ultimately finds due process for "his" client. from Trial and Error (1997 film)

    • In many Western countries there are catering businesses that supply finger foods for events such as weddings, engagements, birthdays and other milestone celebrations. from Finger food

    • Jackie Lye played Sandra, the secretary at work who became Jacko's fiancée in series two (although the wedding never happened - but they still went on the honeymoon, because they'd paid for it). from Brush Strokes

    • Often a kiddush is hosted by a family celebrating the birth of a daughter, a bar mitzvah, a wedding, an engagement, a birthday, or other happy occasion. from Kiddush

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      Wedding cake A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the…
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      A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the wedding cake is served at a wedding breakfast, on the morning following the ceremony. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display and served to guests at the reception. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made…

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      A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the wedding cake is served at a wedding breakfast, on the morning following the ceremony. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display and served to guests at the reception. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple. Modernly however, they are more of a centerpiece to the wedding and are not always even served to the guests. Some cakes are built with only a single edible tier for the bride and groom to share.

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    • The wedding ceremony is often followed by a drinks reception then a wedding breakfast, in which the rituals may include speeches from the groom, best man, father of the bride and possibly the bride, the newlyweds first dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. from Wedding

    • As with many similar bridal magazines, it is designed to be an in-depth resource for brides-to-be, with many photographs and articles on wedding dresses, cakes, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons. from Brides (magazine)

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      Wedding vow renewal ceremony A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows. The…
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      A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows. The ceremonies have been popular in Italy for decades, and have existed in United States since the 1950s, but only became popular there after the 1970s. Most take place in churches and are seen as a…

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      A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows. The ceremonies have been popular in Italy for decades, and have existed in United States since the 1950s, but only became popular there after the 1970s. Most take place in churches and are seen as a way for a married couple to renew their commitment to each other and demonstrate that the vows they took are still considered sacred. To some couples the ceremony offers the chance to celebrate the wedding they never had. Renewal ceremonies often take on the characteristics of the Western "lavish wedding", with couples often setting out guest books, buying new weddings bands, and hiring photographers. Some of the reasons couples mention for holding a vow renewal include having passed through a difficult time in their relationship, celebrating a significant anniversary, or in order to have a religious ceremony if their original wedding had not been one.
      In 2007 the city of Pittsburgh, planned a wedding vow renewal ceremony for 1,000 couples as a part of its 250th city anniversary celebration. In 2009 Miami University held a renewal ceremony for 1,087 couples, all alumni of the university.

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    • A wedding vow renewal is a ceremony in which a married couple renews or reaffirms their wedding vows. from Wedding

    • The Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony is a large-scale wedding or marriage rededication ceremony sponsored by the Unification Church. from Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church

    • Specialized ceremonies include occasions such as: weddings, vow renewals, commitments, baby blessings and naming, coming-of-age, rites-of-passage, survivor, seasonal and earth-based rituals, retirements, family reunions, celebrations-of-life, memorials, and funerals. from Celebrant Foundation and Institute

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    • The Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church, a wedding or marriage rededication ceremony, is a church tradition which has attracted wide public attention. from Unification Church

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      Marriage officiant A marriage officiant is a person who officiates at a wedding ceremony.
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      A marriage officiant is a person who officiates at a wedding ceremony.

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    • Marriage officiant: the person who officiates at the wedding, validating the wedding from a legal and/or religious standpoint. from Wedding

    • A marriage officiant is a person who officiates at a wedding ceremony. from Marriage officiant

    • Gibby imagines his fantasy marriage to Cat Valentine as a rabbi-officiated culturally Jewish wedding ceremony, with Gibby's stand-in wearing a yarmulke and breaking the glass. from List of iCarly characters

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      Wedding invitation A wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient to attend a wedding. It is typically written in formal…
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      A wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient to attend a wedding. It is typically written in formal, third-person language and mailed five to eight weeks before the wedding date.…

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      A wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient to attend a wedding. It is typically written in formal, third-person language and mailed five to eight weeks before the wedding date.
      Like any other invitation, it is the privilege and duty of the host—historically, for younger brides in Western culture, the mother of the bride, on behalf of the bride's family—to issue invitations, either by sending them herself or causing them to be sent, either by enlisting the help of relatives, friends, or her social secretary to select the guest list and address envelopes, or by hiring a service. With computer technology, some are able to print directly on envelopes from a guest list using a mail merge with word processing and spreadsheet software.

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      First dance The first dance is an element in a number of traditions, being an opening of a certain dance function: ball, prom…
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      The first dance is an element in a number of traditions, being an opening of a certain dance function: ball, prom, wedding, etc.

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    • The wedding ceremony is often followed by a drinks reception then a wedding breakfast, in which the rituals may include speeches from the groom, best man, father of the bride and possibly the bride, the newlyweds first dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. from Wedding

    • The first dance is an element in a number of traditions, being an opening of a certain dance function: ball, prom, wedding, etc. from First dance

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      Marriage vows Marriage vows are promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony.
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      Marriage vows are promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony.

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    • Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. from Wedding

    • The bride's father would deliver her to the groom, and the two agreed that they were wed, and would keep the vow of marriage by mutual consent. from Marriage vows

    • Marriage vows are promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony. from Marriage vows

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    • In some Christian weddings, obedience was formally included along with honor and love as part of a conventional bride's (but not the bridegroom's) wedding vow. from Obedience (human behavior)

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      Formal wear Formal wear (US, Canada) and formal dress (UK) are general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events…
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      Formal wear (US, Canada) and formal dress (UK) are general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. The Western style of formal evening dress, characterized by black and white garments, has spread through many countries; it is almost always the standard formal social dress in countries without a formal national costume.…

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      Formal wear (US, Canada) and formal dress (UK) are general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. The Western style of formal evening dress, characterized by black and white garments, has spread through many countries; it is almost always the standard formal social dress in countries without a formal national costume.
      A dress code is a set of rules governing a certain combination of clothing; some examples are black tie and morning dress. Formal dress is the grouping of all the dress codes which govern clothes worn to formal events. The traditional rules that govern men's formal dress are strictly observed; from these derive the evening dress variants worn on many occasions, such as high school prom dances, formal dances, and entertainment industry award programs.
      The dress code considered formal in the evening is white tie. In the UK, morning dress is standard formal day time clothing (a lounge suit being still considered informal dress), but in the US/Canada morning dress is rare, having been replaced with the stroller and then the lounge, or business suit. Morning dress, however, does remain in certain settings in Europe, Australia, and Japan.

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    • Formal wear (US, Canada) and formal dress (UK) are general terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. from Formal wear

    • While worn frequently in the past, boutonnières are now usually reserved for special occasions for which formal wear is standard, such as at proms, homecomings, funerals, and weddings. from Boutonnière

    • Frock coats worn with waistcoat and formal striped trousers are still very occasionally worn as daytime formal wear, especially to weddings, as an alternative to morning coats, in order to give the wedding attire a Victorian flavour. from Frock coat

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    • Though informal dress is more common, certain professionals, such as bankers and lawyers, traditionally dress formally for work, and some occasions, such as weddings, funerals, dances, and some parties, typically call for formal wear. from Culture of the United States

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      Jewish wedding A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish law and traditions.While wedding ceremonies vary, common…
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      A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish law and traditions.
      While wedding ceremonies vary, common features of a Jewish wedding include a ketubah (marriage contract) which is signed by two witnesses, a wedding canopy (chuppah or huppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy, and the breaking of a glass.…

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      A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish law and traditions.
      While wedding ceremonies vary, common features of a Jewish wedding include a ketubah (marriage contract) which is signed by two witnesses, a wedding canopy (chuppah or huppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy, and the breaking of a glass.
      Technically, the Jewish wedding process has two distinct stages: kiddushin (sanctification or dedication, also called erusin, betrothal in Hebrew) and nissuin (marriage), when the couple start their life together. The first stage prohibits the woman to all other men, requiring a religious divorce (get) to dissolve, and the final stage permits the couple to each other. The ceremony that accomplishes nisuin is known as chuppah.
      Today, erusin/kiddushin occurs when the groom gives the bride a ring or other object of value with the intent of creating a marriage. There are differing opinions as to which part of the ceremony constitutes nissuin/chuppah; they include standing under the canopy - itself called a chuppah - and being alone together in a room (yichud). While historically these two events could take place as much as a year apart, they are now commonly combined into one ceremony.

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    • A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish law and traditions. from Wedding

    • The wedding ceremony of Saint Thomas Christians, an ethnoreligious group of Christians in India incorporate elements from Hindu, Jewish and Christian weddings. from Wedding

    • A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish law and traditions. from Jewish wedding

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    • Gibby imagines his fantasy marriage to Cat Valentine as a rabbi-officiated culturally Jewish wedding ceremony, with Gibby's stand-in wearing a yarmulke and breaking the glass. from List of iCarly characters

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      Las arras Las arras, or Las arras matrimoniales (English: arrhae, wedding tokens, or unity coins) are wedding paraphernalia…
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      Las arras, or Las arras matrimoniales (English: arrhae, wedding tokens, or unity coins) are wedding paraphernalia used in Christian wedding ceremonies in Spain, Latin American countries, and the Philippines. The tradition is also followed, with varying names and customs, in countries and communities bearing degrees of Hispanic influence. Traditionally, in Spain and Latin America, it…

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      Las arras, or Las arras matrimoniales (English: arrhae, wedding tokens, or unity coins) are wedding paraphernalia used in Christian wedding ceremonies in Spain, Latin American countries, and the Philippines. The tradition is also followed, with varying names and customs, in countries and communities bearing degrees of Hispanic influence. Traditionally, in Spain and Latin America, it is made up of thirteen gold coins presented in an ornate box or chest; in the Philippines, it is in an ornate basket or pouch. After being blessed by a priest, they are given or presented by the groom to the bride.

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    • The coin bearer is similar page who marches on the wedding aisle to bring the wedding coins. from Wedding

    • Las arras, or Las arras matrimoniales (English: arrhae, wedding tokens, or unity coins ) are wedding paraphernalia used in Christian wedding ceremonies in Spain, Latin American countries, and the Philippines. from Las arras

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      White wedding A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain.The term originates from the…
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      A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain.
      The term originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding. However, the term now also encapsulates the entire Western wedding routine, especially in the Christian religious tradition, which generally includes a ceremony during which the marriage begins, followed by a reception.

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    • A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. from Wedding

    • Whether the bride is the first or the last of the wedding party to enter the church varies by country. from White wedding

    • A woman (such as the sister of the groom) is called an honor attendant. from White wedding

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    • A white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Britain. from White wedding

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      Wedding breakfast A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a…
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      A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. The Compact Oxford Dictionary lists the phrase as only “British”, and the Merriam-Webster online dictionary does not list it at all. Wedding breakfast…

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      A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. The Compact Oxford Dictionary lists the phrase as only “British”, and the Merriam-Webster online dictionary does not list it at all. Wedding breakfast custom is occasionally spotted in touristic countries - especially ones that are destination for tourists from English speaking countries. Countries like Poland have prepared offers to cater especially for wedding tourists.
      Nowadays the wedding breakfast is not normally a morning meal, so its name can be confusing. The name is claimed to have arisen from the fact that in pre-Reformation times the wedding service was usually a Eucharistic Mass and that the bride and bridegroom would therefore have been fasting before the wedding in order to be eligible to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. After the wedding ceremony was complete, the priest would bless and distribute some wine, cakes, and sweetmeats, which were then handed round to the company, including the bride and groom. This distribution of food and drink was therefore a literal “break fast” for the bride and groom, though others in attendance would not necessarily take Communion and therefore would not necessarily have been fasting. Since usage of the phrase cannot be shown to date back earlier than the first half of the nineteenth century however, a pre-16th-century origin seems unlikely.
      The author of Party-giving on Every Scale (London, n.d. [1880]) suggests the phrase may have evolved fifty years earlier:
      The orthodox "Wedding Breakfast" might more properly be termed a "Wedding Luncheon," as it assumes the character of that meal to a great extent; in any case it bears little relation to the breakfast of that day, although the title of breakfast is still applied to it, out of compliment to tradition. As recently as fifty years ago luncheon was not a recognized meal, even in the wealthiest families, and the marriage feast was modernized into the wedding breakfast, which appellation this entertainment still bears.
      The Oxford English Dictionary does not record any occurrences of the phrase "wedding breakfast" before 1850, but it was used at least as far back as 1838. This would agree with the quotation above, which suggests the phrase came into use about the 1830s.

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    • The wedding ceremony is often followed by a drinks reception then a wedding breakfast, in which the rituals may include speeches from the groom, best man, father of the bride and possibly the bride, the newlyweds first dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. from Wedding

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, bridegroom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and some English-speaking countries. from Wedding breakfast

    • A wedding breakfast is a dinner given to the bride, groom, and guests at the wedding reception that follows a wedding in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. from Meal

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      Wedding music Wedding music applies to music played at wedding celebrations, including the ceremony and any festivities before or…
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      Wedding music applies to music played at wedding celebrations, including the ceremony and any festivities before or after the event. The music can be performed live by instrumentalists and/or vocalists or may use pre-recorded songs, depending on the format of the event, traditions associated with the prevailing culture and the wishes of the couple being married.

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    • Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: wedding march) either before or after the marriage service. from Wedding

    • Wedding music applies to music played at wedding celebrations, including the ceremony and any festivities before or after the event. from Wedding music

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      Flower girl The phrase flower girl can have various meanings. In broadest terms it is a girl associated with flowers. It has…
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      The phrase flower girl can have various meanings. In broadest terms it is a girl associated with flowers. It has been used to refer to girls who sell flowers, such as the fictional character Eliza Doolittle, or to girls who have flower-related powers or themes, such as Lun Lun the Flower Girl, or the alter-ego of "Flower Seller Uniqua" (which is "Flower Girl") in Backyardigans.

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    • Flower girl(s): In some traditions, one or more children carry bouquets or drop rose petals in front of the bride in the wedding procession. from Wedding

    • Amid much publicity, the wedding was held at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City in front of five hundred guests and featured three matrons of honor, twelve bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, three best men, twelve groomsmen, three junior groomsmen, six footmen, four ring bearers, and four flower girls. from Star Jones

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      Page boy A page boy is a young male attendant at a wedding or cotillion . This type of wedding attendant is less common than…
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      A page boy is a young male attendant at a wedding or cotillion . This type of wedding attendant is less common than it used to be, but is still a way of including young relatives or the children of relatives and friends in a wedding. A page is often seen at British royal weddings. There may be many pages for effect at cotillions.…

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      A page boy is a young male attendant at a wedding or cotillion . This type of wedding attendant is less common than it used to be, but is still a way of including young relatives or the children of relatives and friends in a wedding. A page is often seen at British royal weddings. There may be many pages for effect at cotillions.
      Traditionally, page boys carry the bride's train, especially if she is wearing a dress with a long train. Because of the difficulty of managing the train, page boys are generally no younger than age seven, with older boys being preferred for more complicated duties.
      In a formal wedding, the ring bearer is a special page who carries the wedding rings for the bridal party. This is almost always symbolic, with the ring bearer carrying a large white satin pillow on which imitation rings are sewn, while the real wedding bands are kept in the safekeeping of the best man. If the real rings are used, they are tacked on with thread to prevent their accidental loss.
      The ring bearer as a separate role is a relatively modern innovation. In today's common wedding ceremony, the best man carries the rings.
      Ring bearers are often nephews or young brothers (although they can also be nieces or sisters) and are generally in the same age range as flower girls, which is to say that they are no younger than about five nor older than 10. If the couple have had children prior to marriage, their own child(ren) may serve as ring bearer.
      The coin bearer is similar to that of the ring bearer. The coin bearer is a young boy who marches on the wedding aisle to bring the wedding coins. The wedding coins are more commonly known as wedding arrhae. The coins are presented to the celebrant for a blessing. The coins usually consist of thirteen gold and silver coins, to represent Jesus and his apostles. Historically, Spanish colonists started this custom.

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    • Page(s): Young attendants may carry the bride’s train. from Wedding

    • A page boy is a young male attendant at a wedding or cotillion . from Page boy

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      Poffer The poffer, toer (Limberg dialect) or North Brabantian hat is a traditional female folk headdress of North Brabant…
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      The poffer, toer (Limberg dialect) or North Brabantian hat is a traditional female folk headdress of North Brabant, most famous of the Meierij of 's-Hertogenbosch and of northern Limburg, Netherlands. The poffer was worn only by married women. It was fashionable between the 1860s and the 1920s. In contrast to Zeeland and the more northern…

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      The poffer, toer (Limberg dialect) or North Brabantian hat is a traditional female folk headdress of North Brabant, most famous of the Meierij of 's-Hertogenbosch and of northern Limburg, Netherlands. The poffer was worn only by married women. It was fashionable between the 1860s and the 1920s. In contrast to Zeeland and the more northern parts of the Netherlands , in North Brabant and Limburg there was never any distinctive folkloric costume worn by either men or women, making the poffer the only folkloric garment in this part of the Netherlands.

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    • The bride for example will often wear a poffer, which is a traditional Brabantian headdress. from Wedding

    • The wearing of the poffer continued until the 1950s but only on special occasions such as weddings, holidays and attending church during which it was replaced by more modern style hats. from Poffer

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      Morning dress Morning dress is the daytime formal dress code, consisting chiefly for men of a morning coat, waistcoat, and…
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      Morning dress is the daytime formal dress code, consisting chiefly for men of a morning coat, waistcoat, and striped trousers, and an appropriate dress for women. Men may also wear a popular variant where all parts (morning coat, waistcoat and trousers) are the same colour/material, often grey and usually called 'Morning Grey' to distinguish it; this is only properly appropriate to weddings and races, and is known as a morning suit. The semi-formal counterpart of this code is the Stroller.…

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      Morning dress is the daytime formal dress code, consisting chiefly for men of a morning coat, waistcoat, and striped trousers, and an appropriate dress for women. Men may also wear a popular variant where all parts (morning coat, waistcoat and trousers) are the same colour/material, often grey and usually called 'Morning Grey' to distinguish it; this is only properly appropriate to weddings and races, and is known as a morning suit. The semi-formal counterpart of this code is the Stroller.
      Morning dress is now rarely worn as anything other than formal wear, as a form of Civic Dress e.g. by provincial Mayors (as an alternative to Court Dress), but more generally only for weddings, some official Civic, governmental or Royal functions, social 'Season' events e.g. races such as Royal Ascot, formal lunches (especially those in the City of London institutions notably of the Livery Companies and Guilds) and as uniform at some of Britain's most traditional schools such as Eton.

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    • It is usually reserved for wear with morning dress for formal daytime weddings and worn with a cutaway morning coat and striped grey trousers. from Ascot tie

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      Dashiki The dashiki is a colorful men's garment widely worn in West Africa that covers the top half of the body. It has…
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      The dashiki is a colorful men's garment widely worn in West Africa that covers the top half of the body. It has formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. A common form is a loose-fitting pullover garment, with an ornate V-shaped collar, and tailored and embroidered neck and sleeve lines.

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      Wedding planner A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding…
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      A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding. Weddings are significant events in people's lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organized. Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers.…

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      A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding. Weddings are significant events in people's lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organized. Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers.
      Professional wedding planners are based worldwide but the industry is the largest in the USA, western Europe and China. Various wedding planning courses are available to those who wish to pursue the career.
      Planners generally charge either a percentage of the total wedding cost, which can range from $20,000 to $2 million in relatively affluent communities in USA, or a flat fee
      Planners are also popular with couples planning a destination wedding, where the documentation and paperwork can be complicated. Any country where a wedding is held requires different procedures depending on the nationality of each the bride and the groom. For instance, US citizens marrying in Italy require a Nulla Osta (affidavit sworn in front of the US consulate in Italy), plus an Atto Notorio (sworn in front of the Italian consulate in the US or at a court in Italy), and legalization of the above. Some countries instead have agreements and the couple can get their No Impediment forms from their local registrar and have it translated by the consulate in the country of the wedding. A local wedding planner can take care of the different procedures.

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    • A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding. from Wedding planner

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      Ceremony A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin…
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      A ceremony is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin, via the Latin caerimonia.

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    • A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. from Wedding

    • Wedding traditions vary across religion, caste, ethnicity, language, region, etc. Traditional Indian weddings are generally structured into pre-wedding ceremonies, wedding day ceremonies (consisting of the Baraat, the Varmala and the Satphere), and the Vidaai. from Marriages in India

    • Marriage vows are binding promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony. from Vow

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      Collective wedding A collective wedding or mass wedding is a marriage ceremony in which several couples are married at the same time.
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      A collective wedding or mass wedding is a marriage ceremony in which several couples are married at the same time.

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    • A collective or mass wedding is a single ceremony where numerous couples are married simultaneously. from Wedding

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      Bridal Chorus The "Bridal Chorus" ("Treulich geführt" in German), from the 1850 opera Lohengrin, by German composer Richard…
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      The "Bridal Chorus" ("Treulich geführt" in German), from the 1850 opera Lohengrin, by German composer Richard Wagner, is a march played for the bride's entrance at many formal weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March," though, actually, "wedding march" refers to any

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      The "Bridal Chorus" ("Treulich geführt" in German), from the 1850 opera Lohengrin, by German composer Richard Wagner, is a march played for the bride's entrance at many formal weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March," though, actually, "wedding march" refers to any piece in march tempo accompanying the entrance or exit of the bride, notably Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." The piece was made popular when it was used as the processional at the wedding of Victoria the Princess Royal to Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.
      The chorus is sung in Lohengrin by the women of the wedding party after the ceremony, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber.

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    • The "Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, often used as the processional and commonly known as "Here Comes the Bride". from Wedding

    • The "Bridal Chorus" ("Treulich geführt" in German), from the 1850 opera Lohengrin, by German composer Richard Wagner, is a march played for the bride's entrance at many formal weddings throughout the Western world. from Bridal Chorus

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      Groomsman In North America, a groomsman is one of the male attendants to the groom in a wedding ceremony. In Britain, a…
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      In North America, a groomsman is one of the male attendants to the groom in a wedding ceremony. In Britain, a similar role is performed by an "usher". Usually, the groom selects close friends and relatives to serve as groomsmen, and it is considered an honor to be selected. From his groomsmen, the groom usually chooses one to serve as best man.…

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      In North America, a groomsman is one of the male attendants to the groom in a wedding ceremony. In Britain, a similar role is performed by an "usher". Usually, the groom selects close friends and relatives to serve as groomsmen, and it is considered an honor to be selected. From his groomsmen, the groom usually chooses one to serve as best man.
      For a wedding with many guests, the groom may also ask other male friends and relatives to act as ushers without otherwise participating in the wedding ceremony; their sole task is ushering guests to their seats before the ceremony. Ushers may also be hired for very large weddings.
      In a military officer's wedding, the roles of groomsmen are replaced by swordsmen of the sword honor guard. They are usually picked as close personal friends of the groom who have served with him. Their role includes forming the traditional saber arch for the married couple and guests to walk through.

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    • Groomsmen or Ushers: The attendants, usually male, to a bridegroom in a wedding ceremony. from Wedding

    • Best Man, Woman, or Person: The chief assistant to a bridegroom at a wedding, typically a sibling or friend of special significance in his life. from Wedding

    • Amid much publicity, the wedding was held at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City in front of five hundred guests and featured three matrons of honor, twelve bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, three best men, twelve groomsmen, three junior groomsmen, six footmen, four ring bearers, and four flower girls. from Star Jones

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      Elopement (marriage) To elope, most literally, merely means to run away and to not come back to the point of origination. More…
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      To elope, most literally, merely means to run away and to not come back to the point of origination. More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married.…

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      To elope, most literally, merely means to run away and to not come back to the point of origination. More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married.
      Today the term "elopement" is colloquially used for any marriage performed in haste, with a limited public engagement period or without a public engagement period. Some couples elope because they dislike or cannot afford an expensive wedding ceremony, or wish to avoid objections from parents, or religious obligations.

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    • It may also be held to recreate the marriage ceremony in the presence of family and friends, especially in the case of an earlier elopement. from Wedding

    • Elopement is the act of getting married, often unexpectedly, without inviting guests to the wedding. from Wedding

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      Wedding videography Wedding videography is a video production that documents a wedding on video. The final product of the…
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      Wedding videography is a video production that documents a wedding on video. The final product of the videographer's documentation is commonly called a wedding video. It is also referred to as a wedding movie or a wedding film.

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      Bridesman In contemporary western culture a bridesman is a male friend of the bride, one who walks down the aisle in the…
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      In contemporary western culture a bridesman is a male friend of the bride, one who walks down the aisle in the bridal ceremony in the traditional place of a bridesmaid.…

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      In contemporary western culture a bridesman is a male friend of the bride, one who walks down the aisle in the bridal ceremony in the traditional place of a bridesmaid.
      The term however has an ancient and obscure, possibly confabulated origin. The term is first noted by the Encyclopaedia Judaica from the European Jewish Diaspora of the middle of the 13th century. In this context, a bridesman was not a friend of the bride but of the groom. He paid for and arranged the wedding from his own money and would be repaid someday by the groom. It was a position of the highest level of honor in male friendship. It was akin to the modern-day best man.
      In Hungary, where the word for bridesman is "vőfély" or sometimes "vőfény" (depending on the region), the ancient tradition of the bridesman is still very popular. The vőfély is the "spokesman" of the bridegroom ("vő" means son-in-law).

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    • Males in this role may be called honor attendants or sometimes bridesmen, but that term has a different traditional meaning. from Wedding

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      Wedding ring A wedding ring or wedding band is a ring, often but not always made of metal, indicating the wearer is married…
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      A wedding ring or wedding band is a ring, often but not always made of metal, indicating the wearer is married. Depending on the local culture, it is worn on the base of the right or the left ring finger. The custom of wearing such a ring has spread widely beyond its origin in Europe.…

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      A wedding ring or wedding band is a ring, often but not always made of metal, indicating the wearer is married. Depending on the local culture, it is worn on the base of the right or the left ring finger. The custom of wearing such a ring has spread widely beyond its origin in Europe. In the United States, wedding rings were originally worn only by wives, but during the 20th century they became customary in that country for both husbands and wives.

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    • Often holds the wedding rings until their exchange. from Wedding

    • The use of a wedding ring has long been part of religious weddings in Europe and America, but the origin of the tradition is unclear. from Wedding

    • Some people conduct formal "collaring ceremonies," which are regarded as effectively solemnizing their relationship in a similar way as a marriage ceremony and the collar having similar significance as a wedding ring. from Collar (BDSM)

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      Ritual A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and…
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      A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence." Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism and performance.…

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      A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence." Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism and performance.
      Rituals of various kinds are a feature of almost all known human societies, past or present. They include not only the various worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also the rites of passage of certain societies, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, school "rush" traditions and graduations, club meetings, sports events, Halloween parties, veterans parades, Christmas shopping and more. Many activities that are ostensibly performed for concrete purposes, such as jury trials, execution of criminals, and scientific symposia, are loaded with purely symbolic actions prescribed by regulations or tradition, and thus partly ritualistic in nature. Even common actions like hand-shaking and saying hello may be termed rituals.
      The field of ritual studies has seen a number of conflicting definitions of the term. One given by Kyriakidis is that a ritual is an outsider's or "etic" category for a set activity (or set of actions) that, to the outsider, seems irrational, non-contiguous, or illogical. The term can be used also by the insider or "emic" performer as an acknowledgement that this activity can be seen as such by the uninitiated onlooker.
      In psychology, the term ritual is sometimes used in a technical sense for a repetitive behavior systematically used by a person to neutralize or prevent anxiety; it is a symptom of obsessive–compulsive disorder.

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    • Most religions recognize a lifelong union with established ceremonies and rituals. from Wedding

    • The town has its own rituals at weddings and patriotic and scriptural feasts. from Kafr Buhum

    • Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding and rituals mark the celebrations. from Varkala

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      Shotgun wedding A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to an unplanned pregnancy, rather than…
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      A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to an unplanned pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants. The phrase is an American colloquialism, though it is also used in other parts of the world, based on a supposed scenario (usually hyperbole) that the father of the…

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      A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to an unplanned pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants. The phrase is an American colloquialism, though it is also used in other parts of the world, based on a supposed scenario (usually hyperbole) that the father of the pregnant daughter, almost by accepted custom, must resort to using coercion (such as threatening with a shotgun) to ensure that the man who impregnated her follows through with the wedding.
      The use of duress or violent coercion to marry is no longer common in the U.S., although many anecdotal stories and folk songs record instances of such coercion in 18th- and 19th-century America. Often a couple will arrange a shotgun wedding without explicit outside encouragement, and some religious teachings consider it a moral imperative to marry in that situation.
      One purpose of such a wedding can be to get recourse from the man for the act of impregnation; another reason is to ensure that the child is raised by both parents. In some cases, as in early America and in the Middle East, a major objective was the restoring of social honor to the mother. The practice is also a loophole method of preventing the birth of legally illegitimate children, or if the marriage occurs early enough, to conceal that conception occurred prior to marriage. In some societies the stigma attached to pregnancy out of wedlock can be enormous, and coercive means (in spite of the legal defense of undue influence) for gaining recourse are often seen as the prospective father-in-law's "right", and an important, albeit unconventional, coming of age event for the young father-to-be.
      The phenomenon has become less common (in the Western World at least) as the stigma associated with out-of-wedlock births has declined and the number of such births has increased. Effective birth control and the legal right to abortion have also resulted in fewer unplanned pregnancies carried to term. Nonetheless a marriage which occurs when the bride is pregnant, even when there is no family or social pressure involved, is still sometimes referred to as a "shotgun wedding".

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    • A shotgun wedding is a wedding in which the groom is reluctant to marry the bride, however, is strongly encouraged to do so to avoid family, social or legal repercussions. from Wedding

    • A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to an unplanned pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants. from Shotgun wedding

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      Chuppah A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה‎, pl. חוּפּוֹת, chuppot, literally, "canopy" or "covering"), also huppah, chipe, chupah…
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      A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה‎, pl. חוּפּוֹת, chuppot, literally, "canopy" or "covering"), also huppah, chipe, chupah, or chuppa, is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their Jewish wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to…

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      A chuppah (Hebrew: חוּפָּה‎, pl. חוּפּוֹת, chuppot, literally, "canopy" or "covering"), also huppah, chipe, chupah, or chuppa, is a canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their Jewish wedding ceremony. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. A chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together. While a Jewish marriage is still considered valid in the absence of a chuppah, a chuppah is still considered a basic requirement for a Jewish wedding.
      In a more general sense, chupah refers to the method by which nesuin, the second stage of a Jewish marriage, is accomplished. According to some opinions, it is accomplished by the couple standing under the canopy; however, there are other views.

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    • The ketubah is signed by two witnesses and later read under the chuppah. from Wedding

    • The kittel is worn only under the Chupah, and is removed before the reception. from Wedding

    • In Jewish law, marriage consists of two separate acts, called erusin (or kiddushin, meaning sanctification ), which is the betrothal ceremony, and nissu'in or chupah, the actual ceremony for the marriage. from Jewish views on marriage

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    • The origins of European engagement in marriage practice is found in the Jewish law (Torah), first exemplified by Abraham, and outlined in the last Talmudic tractate of the Nashim (Women) order, where marriage consists of two separate acts, called erusin (or kiddushin, meaning sanctification ), which is the betrothal ceremony, and nissu'in or chupah, the actual ceremony for the marriage. from Engagement

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      Recessional hymn A recessional hymn is a hymn placed at the end of a church service to close it. It is used commonly in the Catholic…
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      A recessional hymn is a hymn placed at the end of a church service to close it. It is used commonly in the Catholic Church and Anglican Church, an equivalent to the concluding voluntary, which is called a Recessional Voluntary, for example a Wedding Recessional.

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    • Various works for trumpet and organ, arguably the most famous of which include the Prince of Denmark's March by Jeremiah Clarke as a processional, the "Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell and the "Trumpet Voluntary" by John Stanley as recessionals. from Wedding

    • At weddings in many Western countries, this piece is commonly used as a recessional, though frequently stripped of its episodes in this context. from Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

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      Saber arch A Saber Arch is a wedding tradition in which sabers or swords are used to salute a newly married couple. The bride…
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      A Saber Arch is a wedding tradition in which sabers or swords are used to salute a newly married couple. The bride and groom pass under an honorary arch of sabers, typically when exiting the building in which the wedding ceremony took place. The tradition is in use worldwide.

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    • A military wedding is a ceremony conducted in a military chapel and may involve a Saber Arch. from Wedding

    • A Saber Arch is a wedding tradition in which sabers or swords are used to salute a newly married couple. from Saber arch

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      Wedding March (Mendelssohn) Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" in C major, written in 1842, is one of the best known of the pieces from his…
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      Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" in C major, written in 1842, is one of the best known of the pieces from his suite of incidental music (Op. 61) to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is one of the most frequently used wedding marches, generally being played on a church pipe organ.…

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      Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" in C major, written in 1842, is one of the best known of the pieces from his suite of incidental music (Op. 61) to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is one of the most frequently used wedding marches, generally being played on a church pipe organ.
      At weddings in many Western countries, this piece is commonly used as a recessional, though frequently stripped of its episodes in this context. It is frequently teamed with the "Bridal Chorus" from Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin, or with Jeremiah Clarke's "Prince of Denmark's March", both of which are often played for the entry of the bride.
      The first time that Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" was used at a wedding was when Dorothy Carew wed Tom Daniel at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, England, on 2 June 1847 when it was performed by organist Samuel Reay. However, it did not become popular at weddings until it was selected by Victoria, The Princess Royal for her marriage to Prince Frederick William of Prussia on 25 January 1858. The bride was the daughter of Queen Victoria, who loved Mendelssohn's music and for whom Mendelssohn often played while on his visits to Britain.
      An organ on which Mendelssohn gave recitals of the "Wedding March", among other works, is housed in St Ann's Church in Tottenham.
      Franz Liszt wrote a virtuoso transcription of the "Wedding March and Dance of the Elves" (S. 410) in 1849-50. Vladimir Horowitz transcribed the Wedding March into a virtuoso showpiece for piano and played it as an encore at his concerts.

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    • The "Wedding March" from Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, used as a recessional. from Wedding

    • At weddings in many Western countries, this piece is commonly used as a recessional, though frequently stripped of its episodes in this context. from Wedding March (Mendelssohn)

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      Symphony for Organ No. 5 (Widor) The Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1, was composed by Charles-Marie Widor in 1879. It lasts for…
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      The Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1, was composed by Charles-Marie Widor in 1879. It lasts for about thirty-five minutes.

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    • The "Toccata" from Charles-Marie Widor's Symphony for Organ No. 5, used as a recessional. from Wedding

    • Widor's best-known single piece for the organ is the final movement, Toccata, from his Symphony for Organ No. 5, which is often played as a recessional at wedding ceremonies and at the close of the Christmas Midnight Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican City, Rome). from Charles-Marie Widor

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      Forced marriage Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against…
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      Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will. A forced marriage differs from an arranged marriage, in which both parties consent to the assistance of their parents or a third party (such as a matchmaker) in identifying…

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      Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will. A forced marriage differs from an arranged marriage, in which both parties consent to the assistance of their parents or a third party (such as a matchmaker) in identifying a spouse, although the difference between the two may be indistinct. Forced marriage is still practiced in parts of South Asia, East Asia and Africa and among immigrants to the West from these regions. Some scholars object to use of the term "forced marriage" because it invokes the consensual legitimating language of marriage (such as husband/wife) for an experience that is precisely the opposite. A variety of alternatives exist, including forced conjugal association, and conjugal slavery.
      The United Nations views forced marriage as a form of human rights abuse, since it violates the principle of the freedom and autonomy of individuals. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that a woman's right to choose a spouse and enter freely into marriage is central to her life and dignity, and equality as a human being. The Roman Catholic Church deems forced marriage grounds for granting an annulment — for a marriage to be valid both parties must give their consent freely. Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery also prohibits marriage without right to refuse of herself out of her parents', family's and other persons' will and requires the minimum age for marriage to prevent this.
      In 1969, the Special Court for Sierra Leone's (SCSL) Appeals Chamber found the abduction and confinement of women for "forced marriage" in war to be a new crime against humanity (AFRC decision). The SCSL Trial Chamber in the Charles Taylor decision found that the term 'forced marriage' should be avoided and rather described the practice in war as 'conjugal slavery' (2012).
      In 2013 the first United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against child, early, and forced marriages was adopted; the resolution recognizes child, early, and forced marriage as involving violations of human rights which “prevents individuals from living their lives free from all forms of violence and that has adverse consequences on the enjoyment of human rights, such as the right to education, [and] the right to the highest attainable standard of health including sexual and reproductive health," and also states that “the elimination of child, early and forced marriage should be considered in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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    • It is forbidden in Islam for parents or anyone else: to force, coerce, or trick either man or woman into a marriage that is contrary to the individual will of any one of the couple. from Wedding

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      Carnival in the Netherlands Carnival (Dutch: Carnaval; also called "vastenavond" - eve of the fasting or Limburgish: "vastelaovend") is…
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      Carnival (Dutch: Carnaval; also called "vastenavond" - eve of the fasting or Limburgish: "vastelaovend") is originally a European Pagan spring festival, with an emphasis on role-reversal and suspension of social norms. The feast became assimilated by the christian catholic church and was celebrated in the three days preceding ash wednesday and lent.…

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      Carnival (Dutch: Carnaval; also called "vastenavond" - eve of the fasting or Limburgish: "vastelaovend") is originally a European Pagan spring festival, with an emphasis on role-reversal and suspension of social norms. The feast became assimilated by the christian catholic church and was celebrated in the three days preceding ash wednesday and lent.
      From an anthropological point of view Carnaval is a reversal ritual, in which social roles are reversed and norms about desired behavior are suspended. Carnaval can also be regarded as a rite of passage from darkness to light, from winter to summer: a fertility celebration, the first spring festival of the new year.
      In modern times the connection with religion has disappeared, though its date is still set before the start of the christian feast of lent. Also the core of the modern carnaval has retained its socially critical function by role reversal and temporary abandonment of social norms. The first day of carnaval is six weeks before easter Sunday. The carnaval officially begins on Sunday and lasts three days.
      Though according to tradition the feast lasts from Sunday until Tuesday, in recent years the feast usually starts on Saturday. Also Friday evening (or at schools at Friday afternoon) and in some places Thursday (Ouwe Wijven) are considered the start of the carnaval, which makes it a six days celebration. The festivities last the entire day and well into the nights. Some parades and many balls and bonte avonden or other meetings are held in the weeks before the official carnaval, but never before the first official court meeting on November 11. Historically on Wednesday at midnight the 40 days of lent would start until easter. Nowadays it is still the official ending of the carnaval, though some carnaval activities like herring eating are traditionally held on Wednesday after carnaval.

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    • A peasant wedding is a Dutch carnaval custom. from Wedding

    • The first mention of a "boerenbruiloft" (peasant wedding) was in 1582, when the Saxon elector August in Dresden wedded a peasant and his wife during a large ritual ceremony d'n onech (the not-marriage). from Carnival in the Netherlands

    • Not everywhere in Limburg and Brabant is a boerenbruiloft (peasant's wedding) part of the carnaval. from Carnival in the Netherlands

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      Buddhist view of marriage The Buddhist view of marriage considers marriage a secular affair and as such, it is not considered a sacrament…
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      The Buddhist view of marriage considers marriage a secular affair and as such, it is not considered a sacrament. Buddhists are expected to follow the civil laws regarding marriage laid out by their respective governments.…

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      The Buddhist view of marriage considers marriage a secular affair and as such, it is not considered a sacrament. Buddhists are expected to follow the civil laws regarding marriage laid out by their respective governments.
      While the ceremony itself is civil, many Buddhists obtain the blessing from monks at the local temple after the marriage is completed.
      The Dalai Lama has spoken of the merits of marriage.
      Too many people in the West have given up on marriage. They don't understand that it is about developing a mutual admiration of someone, a deep respect and trust and awareness of another human's needs...The new easy-come, easy-go relationships give us more freedom -- but less contentment.
      While Buddhism neither encourages nor discourages marriage, it does offer some guidelines for it. While Buddhist practice varies considerably among its various schools, marriage is one of the few concepts specifically mentioned in the context of Śīla (Buddhist behavior discipline).
      Gautama Buddha never spoke against marriage but instead pointed out some of the difficulties of marriage. He is quoted in the Parabhava Sutta as saying
      Not to be contented with one's own wife, and to be seen with harlots and the wives of others -- this is a cause of one's downfall.
      Being past one's youth, to take a young wife and to be unable to sleep for jealousy of her -- this is a cause of one's downfall.
      The fundamental code of Buddhist ethics, the Pancasila (or five precepts), contains an admonishment of sexual misconduct, though what constitutes such misconduct from a Buddhist perspective varies widely depending on the local culture.
      The Digha Nikaya 31 (Sigalovada Sutta) describes the respect that one is expected to give to one's spouse.

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    • By contrast, Buddhism does not encourage or discourage marriage, although it does teach how one might live a happily married life and emphasizes that marital vows are not to be taken lightly . from Wedding

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      Wedding photography Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple…
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      Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for announcements, portrait displays, or thank you cards) as well as coverage of the wedding and reception (sometimes referred to as the wedding breakfast in non-US countries). It is a major commercial endeavor that supports the bulk of the efforts for many photography studios or independent photographers.

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      Humanist officiant A Humanist officiant (or Humanist celebrant) is a person who performs secular humanist celebrancy services for…
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      A Humanist officiant (or Humanist celebrant) is a person who performs secular humanist celebrancy services for weddings, funerals, child namings, coming of age ceremonies, and other rituals. Some Humanist officiants are ordained or accredited members of the Ontario Humanist Society (OHS), Humanist Association of Canada (HAC), the American Humanist Association (AHA), the British Humanist Association…

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      A Humanist officiant (or Humanist celebrant) is a person who performs secular humanist celebrancy services for weddings, funerals, child namings, coming of age ceremonies, and other rituals. Some Humanist officiants are ordained or accredited members of the Ontario Humanist Society (OHS), Humanist Association of Canada (HAC), the American Humanist Association (AHA), the British Humanist Association (BHA), the Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS), the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), the American Ethical Union (AEU), or the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

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    • In order to satisfy these needs, secular ceremonies have started to be carried out by humanist officiants worldwide. from Wedding

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      Processional hymn A processional hymn is a chant, hymn or other music sung during the Procession, usually at the start of a Christian…
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      A processional hymn is a chant, hymn or other music sung during the Procession, usually at the start of a Christian service although occasionally during the service itself. The procession usually contains members of the clergy and the choir walking behind the processional cross. Occasionally, a service will also contain a recessional hymn, although in the Protestant tradition this is usually an organ voluntary.…

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      A processional hymn is a chant, hymn or other music sung during the Procession, usually at the start of a Christian service although occasionally during the service itself. The procession usually contains members of the clergy and the choir walking behind the processional cross. Occasionally, a service will also contain a recessional hymn, although in the Protestant tradition this is usually an organ voluntary.
      The genre first appears in the early Middle Ages, and is a distinct genre from breviary hymns, often containing a refrain. With its longer cathedrals and churches, England was particularly rich in these and several are to be found in the Sarum Processional.
      In The English Hymnal nos. 613 to 640 are described as "Processional" and nos. 641 to 646 are "Suitable for use in procession". The processional hymns include "Of the Father's Heart Begotten" (Corde natus ex parentis, by Prudentius), "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!"(by H. H. Milman), "Hail thee, Festival Day!" (Salve, festa dies, by Venantius Fortunatus) and "Jerusalem, my happy home" (by F.B.P. c. 1580).

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    • Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: wedding march) either before or after the marriage service. from Wedding

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      Something old "Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for…
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      "Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck:
      It is often recited as the four "somethings", not including the sixpence. The rhyme appears to originate in England, an 1898 compilation of English folklore reciting that:…

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      "Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck:
      It is often recited as the four "somethings", not including the sixpence. The rhyme appears to originate in England, an 1898 compilation of English folklore reciting that:
      In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:— "Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue." "The something blue" takes, I am given to understand, usually the form of a garter, an article of dress which plays an important part in some wedding rites, as, for instance, in the old custom of plucking off the garter of the bride. "The something old" and " something blue" are devices to baffle the Evil Eye. The usual effect on the bride of the Evil Eye is to render her barren, and this is obviated by wearing "something borrowed", which should properly be the undergarment of some woman who has been blessed with children: the clothes communicate fertility to the bride.
      Another compilation of the era frames this poem as "a Lancashire version", as contrast against a Leicestershire recitation that "a bride on her wedding day should wear – 'Something new, Something blue, Something borrowed'...", and so omits the 'something old.' The authors note that this counters other regional folklore warning against the wearing of blue on the wedding day, but relates the use of the color to phrases like 'true blue' which make positive associations with the color.
      The rhyme can earlier be found in an 1876 edition of Notes and Queries, and is called an "ancient custom" in another 1876 book, Bye-gones, Relating to Wales and the Border Counties. This version is referenced as well in an 1871 short story, "Marriage Superstitions, and the Miseries of a Bride Elect", in The St. James's Magazine.

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    • A traditional English rhyme details what a bride should wear or carry at her wedding for good luck: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. from Wedding

    • "Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. from Something old

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      Wedding anniversary A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date a wedding took place. Traditional names exist for some of…
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      A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date a wedding took place. Traditional names exist for some of them: for instance, 50 years of marriage is called a "golden wedding anniversary" or simply a "golden anniversary" or "golden wedding".

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    • A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date a wedding took place. from Wedding anniversary

    • "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" or "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow" (depending on gender) is a song that is sung to congratulate a person on a significant event, such as a promotion, a birthday, a wedding (or playing a major part in a wedding), a wedding anniversary, the birth of a child, or the winning of a championship sporting event. from For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

    • Special meals are usually held in conjunction with such occasions as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and holidays. from Meal

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      Sacred mysteries The term sacred mysteries generally denotes the area of supernatural phenomena associated with a divinity or a…
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      The term sacred mysteries generally denotes the area of supernatural phenomena associated with a divinity or a religious ideology. The term has two senses, which often overlap:…

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      The term sacred mysteries generally denotes the area of supernatural phenomena associated with a divinity or a religious ideology. The term has two senses, which often overlap:
      Although the term "mystery" is not often used in anthropology, access by initiation or rite of passage to otherwise secret beliefs is an extremely common feature of indigenous religions all over the world.
      Mysticism may be defined as an area of philosophical or religious thought which focuses on mysteries in the first sense above. A mystagogue or hierophant is a holder and teacher of secret knowledge in the second sense above.

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    • In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is one of the Mysteries, and is seen as an ordination and a martyrdom. from Wedding

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      Veil A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an…
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      A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects.…

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      A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects.
      One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity. The Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqua or chador.

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    • A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. from Wedding

    • The uncovering or unveiling that takes place in the wedding ceremony is a symbol of what will take place in the marriage bed. from Veil

    • The lifting of the veil was often a part of ancient wedding ritual, symbolizing the groom taking possession of the wife, either as lover or as property, or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. from Veil

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    • It is an elaborate wedding ensemble comprising a kurta (tunic), chooridaar (extra-long slim pants that gather at the ankles), and a 6-yard dupatta (stole or veil). from Khara Dupatta

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      Prince of Denmark's March The Prince of Denmark's March (Danish: Prins Jørgens March), commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, is a musical…
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      The Prince of Denmark's March (Danish: Prins Jørgens March), commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, is a musical composition (a march) written circa. 1700, by English baroque composer Jeremiah Clarke (who was the first organist of the then newly rebuilt St Paul's Cathedral).

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    • Various works for trumpet and organ, arguably the most famous of which include the Prince of Denmark's March by Jeremiah Clarke as a processional, the "Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell and the "Trumpet Voluntary" by John Stanley as recessionals. from Wedding

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