(Closed) Traditions

posted 7 years ago in Encore
Post # 3
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are NOT having the ring exchange as part of the ceremony. We each exchanged rings as part of our engagement.

We are having a handfasting ceremony and a hammered dulcimer musician (a close friend) playing Celtic music to reflect FI’s Irish heritage.

No one will “give me away”. My Fiance will meet me as I enter and we will walk to the front of the room together.

We are writing our own vows.

We’re doing things that mean the most to us to make it our special day.

Post # 4
7054 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t think holding onto any tradition is strange at all.  My ds walked me down the aisle (my dad and grandfather had passed away) but our vows were 100 percent traditional and as we (we’re Methodists) wanted it.


Post # 5
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am getting remarried this Fall.  We are doing a pretty tradtional wedding/reception because I didn’t have any of it the first time around.  But, we are limiting certain things — I am having only my sister and 2 daughters as my bridal party  (1 as flower girl, 1 as maid).   I plan to walk myself down the aisle (although I think my Dad wants to do it and I’m not sure how to handle that).  We are skipping certain things at the reception like tossing the bouquet and garter.  We are also not having a bridal shower or registering for any gifts (since we already will have two of everything!)

I really think, however, that it is up to each bride.  I think that it’s such a special day, you can really do whatever you want! 

PS  @ Lilacgal – I love the handfasting ceremony.  If you have any wording for the ceremony that you can send to me by private message, I would so appreciate it! THanks!



Post # 6
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

wasnt the question what traditions ARE you keeping?

Post # 8
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011


I am getting remarried in June.  I am having my Mom walk with me down the aisle this time instead of my Dad.  I’ve always been closer to her and don’t feel like I should be “given away” again by my Dad.   

We are doing a traditional ceremony with a small wedding party including my FI’s children.  We are also doing the sand ceremony instead of the unity candle and will have his children participate in that as well. 

We are not doing the bouquet or garter toss, but plan to present the bouquet to the couple there that has been married the longest.

I’m excited about doing things a little differently and making this wedding our own and encourage others to do the same! 🙂

Post # 9
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s always hard for me to say which traditions we didn’t follow, because there are different wedding traditions among different cultures and communities.  For example, we didn’t do a money dance.  But then again, a money dance has never been part of the traditions of any group I’ve ever belonged to.  I was also not given away, but being given away is just not part of Jewish tradition anyway.

I also belong to a religion that has a traditional divorce process.  So the very fact that it was a second wedding for me (though a first one for my wife) didn’t cause us to discard traditions.  Rather, we kept ones that were meaningful to us, and skipped the rest, just as I did at my first wedding.

Post # 10
28 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not being given away (although I did consider calling my exhusband and asking if he wanted the honors–LOL Joking!)  No garter toss or bouquet toss.  Vows will be traditional, except instead of saying “I do”, we’re going to say “I pinkie promise”…it’s our thing.

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