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The Perfect Pair

Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Around the world, the joining of individuals and families through marriage is marked with joyful celebrations, elaborate rituals, extravagant displays of wealth, and time-honoured traditions. Many of these wedding traditions and rituals are performed to ensure that newlyweds step into the future on a sure footing.

Traditional wedding costumes are integral to the celebration of marriage. Shoes, in particular, have a rich history of being the focus of many auspicious practices. From customs that encourage good fortune to playful traditions, these first steps of a newlywed couple are seen as setting them in the direction of a happy, fruitful, and successful union.