Honoring Lost Loved Ones During Your Wedding

Many of you know that I lost my best friend to a car accident three years ago. I'm still in a bit of shock over it. One of the things that we did together was talk about weddings. We both loved them. We watched TLC's A Wedding Story in our dorm common room every chance we got. She had an opinion on every dress. We promised each other that we would be bridesmaids at each other's weddings.That was a promise that I was able to fulfill when she got married a few years after we graduated. I took … [Read more...]

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Persian Jews Crashing Weddings

Since you didn't get a wedding post from me this week, here is an interesting article written by a woman I went to graduate school with. She's talking about Persian Jewish weddings, but I think this tradition of going to strangers' weddings is not uncommon in many non-western cultures.Here is one interesting aspect of culture clash: Relatively speaking, our wedding was to be a small affair, about 400 people, a mere get-together really. (Later our Iranian guests commended us on our "simple" … [Read more...]

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Wedding: Choosing a Date

You know what? It can be surprisingly difficult to solidify a date for your wedding.Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. After all, you are trying to coordinate something that several hundred people will be able to get to. Can't do that without creating some scheduling conflicts!In the end, we picked the date that made the most sense for our life and schedule even though I felt a little weird about how close it is to my best friend's anniversary.As a Hindu, one thing to take into … [Read more...]

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Wedding Inspiration

Time to get started on wedding planning for my interfaith/intercultural Hindu and Scottish wedding! It's going to be... interesting.The first step, I think, is to get inspiration and ideas. To see how my thoughts can integrate into a cohesive whole.Here are a few great finds from the comments on my wedding announcement post of non-Indian Hindu weddings! I said I hadn't ever seen a Hindu wedding where neither the bride nor the groom was non-Indian and our friends pipped up with a couple … [Read more...]

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We’re Having a Wedding!

So yeah, Valentine's Day in the west is not all about rape and semi-nude dancing as some seem to believe. For me it has always been about committed partners acknowledging the love they have for one another. That aesthetic was perfectly matched last night when my boyfriend proposed over dinner.I knew it was going to happen because we went together to pick out the ring a couple of weeks earlier. I'm so touched that he still wanted to do a public proposal and the waiter who was taking this p … [Read more...]

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