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This article is an example of cultural and regional bias, as well of oriental mysticism. Wedding receptions exist all around the world, but the article is divided between "western" and "Chinese". This elevates the cultures of one country to the same level as the rest of the world.

In addition, the Chinese article is clearly false, as it states such claims such as white being considered a symbol of death, while the accompanying photo (although not from china) wears a white "western" wedding dress. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:27, 19 November 2011 (UTC)[reply]

customs to add[edit]

Customs to add, with optional notes on how widespread these are:

  • cutting the cake, bride and groom feeding each other
  • bride tosses bouquet to eligible bridesmaids, catcher is superstitiously though next to be married
  • in Switzerland (and other European countries?), bride and groom throw candy to the kids
  • dancing. first dance, etc.
  • as bride and groom leave, people toss rice (now usually birdseed) at the bride and groom
  • In Cambodia (and other Asian countries?), the wedding feast lasts around 3 days I think.

I just don't have the energy to write these up at the moment. Wesley

One difference in the receptions is the formality of them. There can be open houses, calling receptions and full receptions. Somebody can explain difference. 03:38, 17 February 2007 (UTC)Zak[reply]

Regarding FAVORS... Is SOUP really a popular favor? Or perhaps SOAP? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:40, 12 June 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I have removed the sentences "...Before the next dish is served, waiters will take away the previous dish. If there is any food remaining in the dish, guests may ask the waiters to package it..." from the chinese wedding food section. Customs vary significantly among chinese living in different countries, and the above is be perceived as rude in western countries. super_copy, 20080826 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Super copy (talkcontribs) 18:03, 26 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]


Regarding these (I believe related) edits [1] [2]. The Toast (honor) article includes statements like "There is no requirement that beverages contain alcohol". So I'm not sure where this desire to emphasize non-alcoholic drinking comes from. In any case Wikipedia is not a soapbox. While we shouldn't exclude a significant custom or concept, we shouldn't be emphasizing one out of context. If there is something new and significant to say about toasts at weddings where there is no alcohol then we should include it, but the original edit did not do so. I like linking to the main article on toasts though - good web building. -- SiobhanHansa 11:01, 22 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Deleted popular culture references[edit]

I moved some popular culture references to here. When they are numerous enough, they may justify a separate Wedding reception in popular culture-section:

  • Humorous choreographed dances are seen on the Rock the Reception TV show.
  • Steel Magnolias, the popular wedding movie, features a groom's cake, specifically, a red velvet cake in the shape of a giant armadillo.

Mikael Häggström (talk) 10:07, 6 March 2010 (UTC)[reply]


This is something of an aide de memoire: I know that once upon a time, I read that afternoon wedding receptions became popular in America (compared to breakfasts, dinners, and balls) during the Great Depression, because they're cheap (typically, at that time, lemonade and tea with a cake vs a full meal). However, I have no idea which book it was in, so I don't really want to add that right now. I believe that at the time of the transition to receptions, they were still routinely being held in people's homes; the change of venue was post-WWII. If someone else has run across that information and knows where to find it, I'd love to hear from you. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:31, 26 August 2011 (UTC)[reply]

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