Considering that a wedding is the most important event in a
person's life it is not surprising that most couples want to
make this a unique occasion. Most people these days opt for
exclusive weddings like theme wedding, destination wedding
and so on.
However, there is no denying the importance of the
traditional wedding. This is the white wedding most
Americans think of when they consider what a wedding is
like. Usually there are bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers,
flower girls, ring bearers and so forth. The wedding may
take place in a church or outside. The ceremony can be
Christian or secular. Common wedding customs include the
unity candle lighting, the ring exchange, presentation of
tokens to the mothers, and the throwing of rice or confetti,
rose petals or blowing of bubbles as the couple leaves the
church. At the reception there are usually toasts made, a
cake cutting, dancing and a bouquet toss.
Many couples consider traditional weddings to be dry and
choose to do something a little different and adopt themes
for their weddings. The theme could be historic, ethnic,
holiday, or anything else the imagination can conjure up.
Customs vary according to the theme. Historical themes are
quite popular. They offer interesting costumes for the
wedding party, guests, and even the minister to wear. The
decorations, customs, etc. can reflect the time period.
Ethnic weddings are also an interesting trend. Sometimes you
have a couple whose families are from different backgrounds
so elements from both cultures will be incorporated.
A Scottish wedding can be a traditional wedding with
bagpipes and kilts. It also can be a theme wedding with many
of customs from the Old Country adapted for the occasion.
Many couples 'sash' the bride after the vows. At this time
in the ceremony the groom presents his bride with a sash
made out of his clan's tartan as a 'welcome to the clan'
gesture. Simple ceremonies are generally no fuss affairs.
These weddings can be done in parks, backyards, living
rooms, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, etc. These kinds
of weddings are especially popular with those who have
been married before and/or are older and just don't want
all the stress that goes along with planning a huge party.
Churches are lovely locations for weddings but some couples
with an active outdoor life choose to have a wedding at a
significant location. The beach is one of the more common
locations chosen by many couples that drive out on the day
of the wedding, camp, or rent hotel rooms, depending on the
type of wedding. State, county, and city parks and other
forested areas are nice locations. Some adventurous types
may choose to hike or bike into remote locations for their