June was traditionally the most popular month to marry, and still very common. The idea of June weddings also comes from the Celtic calendar. Sunday used to be a popular wedding day; it was the one day most people were free from work. In early U. The original purpose of the bridesmaid and the best man was to aid in the capture of the bride, get her to church on time, and keep any hostile family members away! Rice is the latest in a long list of fertility symbols that have been thrown at newlyweds. Being given away is a tradition that evolved from the days when men bought brides from fathers or, even worse, captured them! The traditional wedding vows have given way to more personal expressions of love.
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Universally, a wedding is about three C's—ceremony, commitment, and celebration—but so much of the experience depends on who and where you are. Take a walk down someone else's aisle for a change—with our Weddings Around the World series that explores marital traditions all across the map. This stop: France. Meet the Expert. The couple, who is married in real life, is specialized in organizing and coordinating weddings in the South of France. Though a few of the more dated traditions are pretty much defunct thankfully, most brides are no longer forced to drink the mysterious contents of a chamber pot brought to them by their guests for the Pot de Chambre ritual , there are still many lovely displays of France's romantic history that modern couples choose to incorporate into their wedding day. Before we delve into the French customs and traditions, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:. Read about the many French wedding customs and traditions below, and don't be surprised if you come across one or two that'll make you say, "Je le veux. A trousseau is a collection of the bride's personal laundry and linens, that was once provided to her and her new husband for her wedding day by her parents.
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When February birds do mate, you wed not dread your fate. Marry in April when you can, joy for Maiden and for Man. Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread. Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see. If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.