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Vietnamese Weddings

Vietnamese Weddings

By Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP, MS Productions, Edmonton, AB Canada Photos by Ellen Ho, Hong Photography, Vancouver, BC Canada Today’s couples wanting a hybrid Vietnamese and Western wedding often incorporate traditional ceremonies with a Western-style wedding. Once the couple is engaged and both sides of the families are in agreement, they begin planning by...
Celebrating Fíorghrá (“True Love”)— in Traditional Scottish Style

Celebrating Fíorghrá (“True Love”)— in Traditional Scottish Style

By Lindsey Hunter, Get Knotted, Roxburghshire, England photos by Image by Andrew Jack In ages past, it was believed that not following Scottish 
wedding traditions meant bad luck. Over the years, though, many traditions have died out or changed. Although most aren’t common practice any longer, there are some who firmly believe traditions should continue....
Deep roots give rise to rich traditions in Jewish weddings

Deep roots give rise to rich traditions in Jewish weddings

By Alison Friedman, The Wedding Yentas, Los Angeles The basic blueprint for a Jewish wedding is not much different from any other kind. The bride and groom walk down the aisle, say some form of “I do,” kiss, and then party the night away. Yet, the traditions involved in Jewish weddings go deeper. Sprinkled among...
Bridging Culture and Faith in a Diverse World

Bridging Culture and Faith in a Diverse World

By Melisa Imberman, The Event of a 
Lifetime, Inc., Millwood, N.Y. with Beth Erickson, Wedding Planner Magazine editor, La Crosse, Wis. Although there are some pockets and remote corners of the world with little cultural diversity, by and large, the world is increasingly multicultural. Perhaps one of the most diverse is Chad in South Africa,...
The Greek Islands—S’Agapo (I Love You!)

The Greek Islands—S’Agapo (I Love You!)

By Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP, MS Productions, Inc., Canada Today’s couples have the opportunity to trace the fingerprints of centuries full of Greek history. Combine that with cobalt blue seas, whitewashed villas, and beautiful warm weather and you have the perfect backdrop for a Greek Island wedding.
The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

A Taste of the Sweet Life Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP,  MS Productions Inc., Canada   PHOTOS BY MARU PHOTOGRAPHY On Italy’s Amalfi coast, whitewashed villages nestle against the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean, centuries-old chapels offer a cool retreat from the dazzling sun, and couples who wish to wed are invited to take part in...
Random House to Publish Book on Wedding Architecture in November

Random House to Publish Book on Wedding Architecture in November

By Bárbara Diez, ABC™, Bárbara Events, Argentina/Chile An architect is a person who designs and creates, who guides 
and plans. To ensure ideas come to fruition as envisioned, the architect also must serve as builder, maker, producer, commander, director, and leader. This analogy also works to explain the role of a wedding planner. Planners, too,...

Australian Weddings: 
A Cultural Mix and Endless Possibilities

By Kathy Apostolidis, Nightingales Wedding Designers, 
Sydney, Australia Australia is so far away from the rest of the world, yet it is a melting pot of people with exciting cultures. Even though its colonial background is English and many of the weddings conducted in Australia are of an Anglo-Saxon background, the vigorous immigration program after...
Wedding Crasher Provides Glimpse Into Brazil’s Wedding Scene

Wedding Crasher Provides Glimpse Into Brazil’s Wedding Scene

Tonia Adleta, PBC™, Aribella Events, Philadlelphia  Photos by Wender Borges of Mega Studio Fotografias With the approach of the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup finals and the 2016 Olympics, all eyes are on Brazil—and with good reason, as it has the fifth fastest-growing economy in the world.
From lassos to coins, for Spanish weddings, it’s in the details

From lassos to coins, for Spanish weddings, it’s in the details

By Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting, Richmond, Va.  With the promise of a memorable evening, Spain is becoming the 
go-to spot for brides seeking a celebration like no other. “Spanish weddings are very relaxed and festive. However, there is a strong, underlying sense of tradition and family,” says Jennifer McCloy, owner of the Málaga-based wedding planning...
Muslim Weddings Combine Faith, Tradition, and Personal Style

Muslim Weddings Combine Faith, Tradition, and Personal Style

By Saadia Kibriya, Kismet Event Planning & Design, Fullerton, Calif. Who are Muslims? They are people who believe and submit to Islam, a religion revealed by the prophet Muhammad. Around the globe, Muslims range from African Americans to people of European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and even South American descent. In 2009, the Pew Forum on...
Welcome to Canada, Eh!

Welcome to Canada, Eh!

ABC Launches Canada East in 
Country With Wedding Industry Growth By Milena Santoro, CMM, CMP, PIDP, MS Productions, Edmonton, Alberta, and Jodi Gagné ABC™, CSS™, Simply Perfect, 
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada The Association of Bridal Consultant’s (ABC) East Canada launch kicked off on Monday, July 9, at The Toronto Wedding Chapel. ABC President David Wood...