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Wedding Customs: Marketing or tradition?
by Staff
It's no secret that an awful lot of things we do during and after weddings are more the products of advertising than actual tradition. See if you can sort out the long-held traditions from the recent marketing innovations. In this case, we'll count anything that pre-dates the Civil War as a real tradition.

The diamond engagement ring

  • marketing
  • tradition

Jumping the broom

  • marketing
  • tradition

The honeymoon

  • marketing
  • tradition

Wedding gifts

  • marketing
  • tradition

Bridesmaids' dresses

  • marketing
  • tradition

The bouquet

  • marketing
  • tradition

The garter toss

  • marketing
  • tradition

The Breaking of the Glass

  • marketing
  • tradition

The bridal veil

  • marketing
  • tradition

The big, elaborate, showy wedding

  • marketing
  • tradition