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I have to write an article comparing how weddings differ by region, so would you mind helping me out with telling me some of the particular things you had or are having at your wedding that are pretty standard for your area/religion/culture? I also need to know where you are located.
For example~I live in the NE area of the U.S. and after going to at least 40+ weddings, most are pretty much the same and follow pretty similar traditions. Our showers have usually 30-60 people and most have been at someone’s home. We use the registry for gifts for the shower and give cash at the wedding. It’s rare to see an actual gift on the gift table for any wedding I’ve ever been to,but normal to have some kind of container for cards.
I have a friend from the South who said they invite all church members by way of the church bulletin and she had 250-300 people at her daughter’s wedding. They also had 7 showers for her, given by their different churches since they moved. They also only give shower gifts,no gift for the wedding.
I’ve never seen a dollar dance, receptions are usually buffet or plated, bands and/DJ’s are the norm-nothing really out of the ordinary. Some still do the tosses, and most have the ceremonies in a church.
Are there traditions where you live that most people seem to follow?
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Thanks. I always look at the related topics sections, but it didn’t appear until after I posted. 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve noticed in the South (maybe just Texas), there is a groom’s cake and my friends up North have never heard of one. Also, in the South/Texas there is a already a giant Bridal portrait at the church/reception with just a picture of the bride, never seen it in the North. I’m from Texas and lived up North for a few years.
Post # 6
Most of what I knew about weddings came from Maryland and the rest of the northeast. I’ve lived in Alabama for 6 years and weddings down here are so foreign to me! Now that I’m planning one here I’m learning all sorts of things…
In the deep South…
– brides get bridal portraits. A photo shoot weeks before the wedding where she’s done up JUST like her wedding day.
– grooms cakes… gotta have one, usually chocolate. There’s debate whether this is served at the rehearsal dinner or the reception
Back in Maryland/NE….
– weddings are always a full dinner affair. Usually plated. I’ve known a lot of girls who will blow tons of their budget to have a sit-down plated dinner because its the “nicest”.
– usually a full, open bar
– after parties at the hotel bar or other spot
– late afternoon/evening ceremonies and receptions. Very few morning weddings.
– wedding party all at head table. no sweetheart table.
My parents/extended family are from Michigan. My parents expect a dollar dance! All my cousin raised in Michigan had dollar dances.
That’s all I got!