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International marriage ceremonies - giving away the bride

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a marriage ceremony (or marriage ceremonies) from anywhere in the world in which the bride isn't "given away" as in your standard Christian ceremony? Specifically, I'm wondering if there are any in which the father (or whoever) and husband make an agreement to jointly care for the bride. Of course, I know ceremonies can basically be custom-tailored these days, but I'm wondering if there are any traditional ceremonies in which this is a thing. Really just random curiosity (and potentially future planning ;) )! Thanks, everyone!!
posted by anoncanuck on Mar 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Mini-Rituals for Critical Thinkers

In my community, I facilitate a Listening Circle for Freethinkers. I’d like to have opening and closing “rituals”, or a brief ceremony, for our meetings. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Who profits from weddings?

If I'm expecting the traditional American wedding (registry, rehearsal dinner, lavish ceremony, reception) industry to expand over the next few years, where would I invest my money? My experience was mostly with local people, but I am sure there is some behemoth out there who's bread and butter is based on that style of people getting married.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jun 30, 2015 - 16 answers

What are the logistics of a naturalization ceremony?

My husband is scheduled to become a US citizen in a couple weeks at the Eastern District of New York, in downtown Brooklyn. It's a weekday and we've been told to appear by 8:30 am. I understand that it will probably last until noon. Have you been through this process, and can you help me figure out some logistics? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Mar 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Help with fire ceremony for wedding!

At our wedding, we want to light a fire in one location (the ceremony site) and after a brief period, say 10 minutes, transport it to another location. Ideally, we would light a fire in a ceremonial bowl with handles that do not transmit heat, then have our two "attendants" use those handles to carry that whole bowl to the real fire pit as part of the procession out. Does such a thing exist? If not, how could we pull this off? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Nov 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How to celebrate six months of marriage at a wedding party?

In March, Mrs. HeroZero and I exchanged vows and rings at City Hall with a very small group of friends and immediate family. On Labor Day, we're having a bigger wedding party with the friends and family who couldn't come to the original, tiny event. What are some ideas for making this ceremony meaningful in a way that's different from how a wedding goes? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me put together a secular/humanist baby naming ceremony

Baby WanKenobi will be six months old on Saturday, and we're finally giving her a Hebrew name. Help us make our backyard ceremony cool without getting too God-ish. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jul 20, 2014 - 16 answers

University Commencement - to go or not to go?

I will be graduating soon and I'm debating whether or not I should go to the graduation ceremony. On one hand, I'm proud that I finished but on the other, I can't invite my family and I wonder if it's worth doing alone. Does the ceremony even matter? If I don't go, will I regret it forever? [more inside]
posted by cyml on May 22, 2014 - 68 answers

At least now I have a decent playlist for my funeral

Radiohead music during a wedding ceremony? It's (hopefully) more likely than you think. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Mar 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Suggestions for Ceremony lines

Wedding in 5 weeks. We still haven't figured out any of the script for our wedding. The officient sent us a handful of sample ceremonies, but none of them really feel like us. The "I ______ take thee _________ to be my wife/husband, for richer or poorer" etc vows we are totally stuck on, and frankly the ring exchange lines are also sticking us up too. Please help. The green always has such creative suggestions! Don't fail me now! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 7, 2013 - 24 answers

Wedding ceremonies for the non-religious?

What did you, a non-religious person, do for your wedding ceremony? What was the basic structure? What resources did you use to help you plan? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on May 21, 2013 - 39 answers

It's not symbolic. Really.

Help us avoid the tidal wave of bad jokes about our unique wedding venue. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Apr 5, 2013 - 31 answers

Nice places to get married somewhere in or around Seattle...

Where are nice places to get married somewhere in or around Seattle? For the place, what is the general cost? If the specifics help provide a better answer, we're trying for a late-summer, weekend ceremony and reception. Probably 55-65 people. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 20, 2013 - 18 answers

I guess we can't get married in a cardboard box.

Help two budget wedding dorks make the most of appointments, touring venues, etc. What questions do we need to ask in person? How do we get it all done in a weekend? Can we get discounts on entry fees for looking at all these places? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Naming ceremony for baby - ideas on what to do?

We are having a non-religious, self-created naming ceremony for our new daughter on Saturday. Can you help with ideas on what, actually, to do to make this a "ceremony" and not just a bunch of people standing around looking at the baby?? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Creative ways of including family and friends in a wedding

What are some creative ways of including or honoring special family and friends in a wedding, beyond the typical bridal party? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 14, 2012 - 17 answers

torturing loved ones for fun and profit

We're considering having our wedding ceremony outside. At night. In winter. Is this completely crazy? Is there any way to make it less crazy? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on May 16, 2012 - 66 answers

A five-minute long wedding reading?

Some of my best friends are getting married, and they have asked my husband and I to give a reading during the ceremony. Help us find the perfect reading. Difficulty level: Must be around 5 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by erst on Mar 22, 2012 - 24 answers

How exactly do you become officially married legally?

What is the difference between getting a marriage license and getting married? I mean, do you have to have a ceremony to be married? If so, why do you need a license to do it? Can you just get a license and call it good? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Nov 9, 2011 - 23 answers

Small, cheap wedding venue in Chicago for May wedding

I am looking for a venue for a cheap, small (35 people), and simple wedding ceremony in Chicago in May 2012 and are looking for suggestions. We are looking for somewhere beautiful where we don't need to do a lot of set up but is also cheap to rent.
posted by bucksox on Nov 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Creative way for each nursing school graduate to say thank you?

Ideas for my nursing schools pinning ceremony?? I was thinking about video thank you's during the individual pinning ... [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

I baptize you in the name of Wittgenstein, eschaton and continental hermeneutics.

We can't actually make it to a baptism tomorrow... and I'm sure this will rankle the family. What kind of meaningful gift can we give them? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 30, 2011 - 32 answers

What To Marry People In?

I'm performing a marriage ceremony in Los Angeles this September. What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Aug 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Mawiage. Mawiage is what bwings us togefa today.

Please help us think of some non-traditional wedding roles for our siblings. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Alternatives for wine in a Love Letter Box for a wedding ceremony?

We're planning on having a love letter and wine box ceremony for our wedding, but I don't like wine that much (although a sweeter wine that lasts that long could be an option). What else could we put in the box that would last for 25 years and still taste good/be nice to have? Doesn't have to be food or drink, I'm open to anything.
posted by ajackson on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

DJ Recommendations in Vancouver

I am getting married this July in Vancouver (BC), and am currently looking for a DJ for the ceremony. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Mar 28, 2011 - 1 answer

Help with an average joe flag retirement?

I'm familiar with flag retirement ceremonies conducted by uniformed organizations such as the Boy Scouts. What can I do to have the best flag retirement ceremony conducted by a group of patriotic but yet-unorganized citizens? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Detailed historical account of a Chinese tea ceremony please

What is the historical origin and cultural significance of the Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Feb 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Mazel Tov! It's a mezuzah!

Mezuzah hanging ceremony - What's an appropriate gift? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

what to say for atheist wedding?

wedding filter: we have our officiant, but what do we want him to say? the catch - we are the most non-religious people ever. halp! [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Wedding reading for Kids

Civil Wedding Readings suitable for kids. [more inside]
posted by Elmore on Dec 14, 2010 - 20 answers

What can a (secular) couple customize in their Catholic wedding ceremony?

We are two very secular people who, for family reasons, are having our wedding ceremony in the Catholic church. What can we do within the restrictions of a Catholic ceremony to make the wedding feel like it's our own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2010 - 31 answers

I do, on the beach

Wedding ceremony on a sandy beach, help with logistics. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Nov 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Well, that was fun. Now what?

I want to perform some sort of ritual to observe the finalization of my parents' divorce but have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Oct 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Need ideas for a "techy" grand opening.

My university is about to open a brand new engineering and technology building. I need ideas for a cool "high tech" ribbon-cutting ceremony.
posted by thisisdrew on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

What was this ceremony?

What kind of (possibly religous) celebration did I see today? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Aug 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Cheap Wedding in New England?

Cheap weddings in New England? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Ghost, be gone!

My wife is going to be traveling in my car with someone whom I'm really not fond of. What should I do when my car gets back to feel fine about driving it again? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jun 11, 2010 - 40 answers

We need a jazz band for a swinging ceremony

Does anybody know of a small jazz ensemble to play our wedding ceremony in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on Feb 18, 2010 - 3 answers

When were investitures held for Officers of the Order of the British Empire in 2009?

When are the ceremonies for appointment to the Order of the British Empire held? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Feb 7, 2010 - 8 answers

2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony in HD?

I'm looking for a copy of the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony video in a high quality HD format (like x264 720p about 3GB/hour). [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Dec 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Is there an egg timer on the registry?

I'm going to marry my friends! In record time! How do I make it meaningful with a five-minute limit? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious on Dec 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Wedding commitment symbol that is not a ring?

Let's say you want to marry someone, but they don't want a ring. This would be because the person doesn't ever wear rings, not wanting to draw attention to their hands (long story, just know that hand-oriented things are out). What other options are there for a wedding token? Are there cool options from cultures that do not have the wedding ring as part of their history? Any non-hand-based suggestions are welcome.
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 38 answers

Any Gothic Churches in Berkeley California?

I am getting married in Berkeley California. Are there any beautiful Gothic churches there for the ceremony? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

What to bring to a Bris?

What type of gift, if any, should i bring to a bris? Is a suit and tie appropriate for a man? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jul 6, 2009 - 4 answers

proper protocol for flower leis

Quick: for High School graduation: Do I give my daughter a lei before the ceremony so she can wear it all through (is that tacky?), or only after, as a gift (but then no one will see it)? [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Jun 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Point me in the direction of your favorite writing(s) about love - you know, the stuff that talks about it in a way that you always wished you'd thought to. [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 on May 1, 2009 - 43 answers

How much do you pay a Buddhist officiant?

How much should of a donation should we give to the Buddhist temple for our wedding service? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 17, 2009 - 5 answers

House Purchase Ceremony?

Do house purchase ceremonies exist? I'm searching for a ceremony to perform just before entering a house for the first time after signing the closing papers. This would be analogous to breaking a bottle of wine on a newly commissioned ship, or jumping over the broom at a wedding. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Mar 23, 2009 - 17 answers

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