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Understanding wedding traditions in Charlotte and beyond

Jerome Quentzel

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Marriage, for some people, is considered the most important event that only happens once in a lifetime. No wonder for most people, it takes a month at the very least to prepare for a wedding. The weddings here in Charlotte are no exception.

The first important thing to take into consideration in a wedding is tradition. A wedding ceremony can incorporate diverse traditions depending on culture.

Common wedding traditions usually include throwing a bouquet and dancing. You can choose what ceremonial tradition to include in your wedding and adjust it with your and your partner's personality and preference. Here are some of the meanings behind some symbolic traditions in a wedding.

a. Wedding Rings
Wedding rings mostly become the most important tradition in a wedding ceremony. Almost all weddings have an exchange rings tradition. Exchanging rings have the philosophy that the wife is bonded with her husband.

b. The White Dress
The white wedding dress was first worn by an English Royal, Queen Victoria. In that era, only the royal family can wear the white wedding dress with a lot of heavy brocades. Now, the white dress has considered a traditional American wedding tradition followed by most of the countries in the world.

c. Walking Down The Aisle
This tradition comes from America inspired by Jewish tradition. Usually, a father walks his daughter to her husband in this tradition. But as time goes by, many brides choose to walk the aisle with their best friend. It still has the same meaning — the closest person "deliver" the bride to her new life.

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