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Whether you're planning a romantic weekend getaway with your love or have your sights set on booking the perfect post-wedding vacation, you'll want to cue the passion. Discover the world's top honeymoon destinations, and even find the best places to say "I do."

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Komandoo Maldives Island Resort
Maldives

Maldives

Honeymoon in your own private paradise at Komandoo Maldives Island Resort. Start your happily-ever-after basking in the beauty of this romantic archipelago with crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches. In this adults-only resort's overwater bungalows, you'll be in a world of your own with the ocean on your doorstep. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to romance at Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on Oahu's famed North Shore. With its secluded location a world away from Waikiki's crowds, breathtaking ocean views and miles of pristine beaches this is the perfect honeymoon escape. 960 1280

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Greece

Greece

If you're thinking of Greece for your honeymoon, seriously consider Mystique Resort Santorini. The stylish resort is nestled among the beautiful cliffs and whitewashed stone homes of Santorini island. Pamper yourselves with body massages and wraps in a private suite or on a private terrace. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Portugal has recently topped the list as a honeymoon destination. Indulge yourselves with a stay at The Yeatman hotel in the city of Porto, and try The Bacchus Suite (featured here). Amenities include a double walk-in shower and sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with dining options for 2 or more. 960 1280

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Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

A forever favorite for honeymooners is Turks and Caicos. Hotel experts at Oyster.com recommend Point Grace Resort, a leading boutique hotel on the island. Take advantage of the many activities that the hotel offers, such as scuba diving, boating and windsurfing. 960 1280

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Mexico

Mexico

Block-out the outside world at the award-wining Maroma Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Take advantage of their honeymoon package: It includes a 3-course dinner for 2 on the beach with an aphrodisiac menu designed by the chef. 960 1280

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Africa

Africa

Do you both have a love for the outdoors, wildlife and luxury? Try something different, exclusive and adventurous: Jack's Camp in the East African county of Botswana. 960 1280

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Italy

Italy

Voted year after year as having one of the world’s best spas, Capri Palace Hotel and Spa is an Italian paradise. Among the spa's many offerings is a medicated mud wrap that smooths the skin. 960 1280

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Canada

Canada

Newlyweds enjoy horseback-riding, white-water rafting and hiking at <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/lake-louise/" target="_blank">The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise</a> in Canada. Just 2 hours from Calgary, the Chateau is located in the heart of Banff National Park.  960 1280

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Bali

Bali

What says romance more than Bali? Savvy world travelers can celebrate a new life together at the enchanting and exotic <a href="http://www.amanresorts.com/amankila/home.aspx" target="_blank">Amankila resort</a> in Bali.  960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Revel in post-wedding bliss at the iconic <a href="http://www.bellagio.com/" target="_blank">Bellagio Hotel</a> in Las Vegas. Celebrate your nuptials with glamour and luxury, and maybe even a big win at the casinos. 960 1280

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Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

If you're looking for a honeymoon without flashiness and digital distractions, stay at St. John's <a href="http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/caneelbay/" target="_blank">Caneel Bay resort</a>. With its pristine and secluded beach location, you'll enjoy low-key luxury amongst 170 acres of lush Caribbean paradise.  960 1280

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Hawaii Destination Wedding
Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to a wedding in paradise. Combine your nuptials and your honeymoon with a destination wedding on the Hawaiian Islands. With year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, this is one of the world’s most romantic places to tie the knot. 960 1280

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Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Dreaming of a white wedding? A winter wedding in the stunning Lapland area of Finland is nothing short of magical. Travel through a snow-covered forest on a sled pulled by reindeer to your chapel made entirely of ice and snow. Then spend your wedding night cuddling in an igloo. 960 1280

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Despite what Alanis Moriesette says, rain on your wedding day isn’t ironic … it’s just plain gloomy. With an average of more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Sedona (almost) has perfect wedding weather year-round. Plan an outdoor wedding in this desert locale, complete with a stunning Red Rock backdrop, without the worry of bad weather ruining your big day. 960 1280

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Vermont

Vermont

Cozying up to the idea of a winter wonderland wedding? Consider the beautiful snowscape of New England as a romantic choice for a destination wedding. Vermont’s snow-covered mountains, charming lodges and roaring fireplaces will make your big moment memorable. 960 1280

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Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Does the idea of a wedding on ice seem like a fairytale? Plan your fantasy wedding at Quebec’s Hotel de Glace. This hotel, made entirely of ice and snow, has its own wedding chapel and plenty of rooms for all your non-cold-fearing wedding guests. Rebuilt annually, the ice hotel has a unique design ever year – another reason your wedding here will be special. 960 1280

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

This country has been dubbed the happiest place on Earth. So what better place to start your happily-ever-after? This Central American hot spot offers budget-friendly winter weddings in a tropical setting. And it’s close to the US; so affordable direct flights will make your guests very happy, too. 960 1280

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Belize

Belize

Are you a nature-loving couple? A wedding in Belize will compliment your adventurous personality. This outdoor playground is filled with rainforests, Mayan ruins and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. And while it’s picking up in popularity, Belize is definitely cheaper than many Caribbean hot spots. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Have you always dreamed of your big day being under a blanket of snow? If you’re a powderhound who can’t get enough of the slopes, it’s fitting to get married where you can ski off into the sunset. Whether it’s tying the knot at one of the well-known ski resorts of Aspen, Breckenridge or Telluride -- or exchanging vows in a small chapel tucked in the Rocky Mountains -- there’s something for everyone here. Everyone that loves snow, that is. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Want a taste of the tropics at your wedding, but still want to stay in the continental US? A winter wedding in the Florida Keys will provide you with warm weather and pristine beaches. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Guaranteed snow. Check. Magical mountain views. Check. Romantic sleigh rides. Check. Everything you could dream of for a winter wonderland wedding can be found in Lake Tahoe. For the truly adventurous, say your “I dos” on the slopes and ski down the mountain as husband and wife. 960 1280

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Ice Hotel, Sweden

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Exchange your vows at Sweden’s magical Ice Hotel. Couples from all over the world tie the knot in the hotel’s ice church, which can accommodate an intimate wedding of 35-45 people. Then, spend your wedding night in one of the hotel’s ice suites, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning ice carvings as you snuggle under reindeer skins. 960 1280

Anders Rînnlund, Anders Eriksson & Johan Fremling, and Photo by Christopher Hauser  

East Africa and the Seychelles
East Africa and the Seychelles

East Africa and the Seychelles

“The perfect mix of glamping and R&R, the beach-safari honeymoon is going to be huge for 2014. With luxe private island resorts and some of the most crystal-clear waters you’ll ever see, the Seychelles has serious sex appeal. Go here first to unwind, then head to Kenya for the Great Migration. You’ll see wildebeest, lions, elephants, rhinos and more,” says advisor Yolanda Crous of Brides magazine. For a mix of private and posh, stay at Seychelles’ Maia Luxury Resort and Spa on the secluded sands of Anse Louis.   960 1280

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Brazil

Brazil

“Sexy beaches, buzzing nightlife, pristine jungles -- this South American nation has pretty much everything a honeymooner could want, ” says Yolanda Crous of Brides magazine. And with the World Cup happening this summer and the Olympics coming up in 2016, this country has never been hotter. Party all night in Rio de Janeiro, soak in some sun on the laid-back beaches of Bahia, then cross off the Amazon from your bucket list with a stay at Uakari Floating Lodge. 960 1280

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Rwanda and Mauritius

Rwanda and Mauritius

“Recently, we’ve seen more of our honeymooners twinning destinations to ensure they make the most of their time away together. So I’d recommend combining 2 contrasting destinations, such as the more intrepid Rwanda with the laid-back island of Mauritius to make for one truly incredible and eye-opening luxury honeymoon,” says advisor Tom Marchant of Black Tomato. Search for mountain gorillas in the remote African republic of Rwanda, then relax on the shores of the Indian Ocean at the romantic Oberoi Mauritius resort, “ensuring you return home sun-kissed and relaxed” says Marchant. 960 1280

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Java, Indonesia

Java, Indonesia

“The perfect combination of some of the world’s best beaches, private islands, bold cuisine and ancient temples, Indonesia is a surefire hit when it comes to choosing a romantic honeymoon destination,” says advisor Tom Marchant. For 2014 forget Bali and head to Java for post-nuptial relaxation. “The term “deserted island” tends to be overused in travel literature, but Kura Kura off the coast of Java truly is just that. Located in the Karimunjawa archipelago, this island hideaway is made up of only a handful of beach cottages and pool villas, so you can enjoy the unspoiled setting without any disruption,” says Marchant. 960 1280

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Space Travel

Space Travel

“A common thing I have been hearing is that couples want to go somewhere unique -- somewhere none of their friends have gone. Well, I can promise that none of them went to space for their honeymoon! Be one of the first to experience zero-g and the incredible views from space with Virgin Galactic, and you will certainly never forget it!” says advisor Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons. Interested couples should book soon, because prices are slated to jump 25% -- up to $250,000 -- in the coming year. 960 1280

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The Maldives

The Maldives

“Want to completely disconnect and relax in secluded privacy? Jet off to the Maldives where you can enjoy the views from an overwater bungalow. There are so many romantic experiences, like watching dolphins play on a sunset cruise, picnicing on a deserted island and snorkeling at night among thousands of fish,” says advisor Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons. Couples planning a 2015 honeymoon can look forward to the futuristic 5 Lagoons project which will include a star-shaped hotel and floating golf course. 960 1280

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

“Between the rolling desert, carriage rides through ancient markets, belly dancers and snake charmers, this North African city feels like an epic movie set,” says advisor Rebecca Dolgin of The Knot. Dolgin suggests taking a 90-minute car ride to the village of Imlil in the Atlas Mountains, and either trek or take a donkey up to the hilltop Kasbah du Toubkal to enjoy stunning views of Mt. Jbel Toubkal and authentic Moroccan fare at the kasbah’s rooftop restaurant. The Baldaquin Suite, outfitted with a “show-stopping canopy bed” is perfect for honeymooners, says Dolgin. 960 1280

  

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

According to The Knot's editor in chief Rebecca Dolgin, “Jackson Hole is a legendary ski slope, but non-skiers may partake in snow tubing or sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge. Year-round, hop on the mountain aerial tram for an awe-inspiring, nearly mile-long vertical trip to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain. Rustic Snake River Lodge & Spa is famed for its mountain views and honeymoon specials.” Newlyweds can now fly direct from 12 cities and get on the slopes faster with J-Cards (advanced Radio Frequency ID lift tickets). 960 1280

  

Botswana and Cape Town, Southern Africa

Botswana and Cape Town, Southern Africa

“My husband and I went to Botswana and Cape Town for our honeymoon and it changed my life. Our first day in Botswana was magical -- before we even arrived at our lodge we saw a giraffe. Then we went on “a sundowner,” our first game drive where we saw 4 of the Big 5 -- leopards trying to mate, elephants cruising around, male lions making the women kill for their dinner and Cape buffalo charging,” says advisor Julie McCully of Travel Channel. After a heart-pounding safari, head to Cape Town’s beaches and unwind in secluded paradise at Llandudno cliff resort. 960 1280

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Argentina

Argentina

“Argentina has it all for a romantic honeymoon, especially for food lovers. Buenos Aires has fabulous architecture and amazing wine and food. It's a city where you have to be careful of your waistline because there is so much good food, but you will walk it off while checking out the sights,” says advisor Julie McCully of Travel Channel. After you have had your fill of late-night dinners and dancing tango all night in Buenos Aires, head to Mendoza and be wined and dined at the luxury wine hotel and spa, Entre Cielos. 960 1280

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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

A charming town set in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville comes alive in the fall as the leaves change and the air turns crisp. Love the mountains, but not so fond of rustic barns? Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau on 8,000 acres — complete with an award-winning winery — blends refined elegance with sweeping mountain views for a picture-perfect wedding. 960 1280

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Aruba

Aruba

Dreaming of a Caribbean destination wedding in the fall but fear hurricane season? Consider Aruba, since it’s situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Fall is a great time to visit, as the summer crowds are gone, but the sun is still shining and constant trade winds will keep you from sweating through your gown or tux. The white-sand beaches provide a spectacular stage for your white wedding, too. 960 1280

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Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Nothing could be more romantic than a fall wedding in New England, with a canopy of autumn’s stunning colors as the backdrop. A favorite New England haven of presidents, writers and celebrities and a National Historic landmark, Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, offers a grand history and refined luxuries, such as an on-site spa, amid a serene mountainside setting. After the big day, adventurous newlyweds and guests can take an unforgettable 3 1/2-hour zip-line tour to see the foliage up close. 960 1280

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Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California

Fall is the best time to visit Napa Valley — the summer crowds have thinned, and it’s “crush time,” when grapes are harvested. Get married while surrounded by 27 acres of vineyards at the Carneros Inn, a resort that seamlessly mixes rustic barn charm and understated luxury. Say “I do” in the resort’s apple orchard, a grassy lawn that’s dotted with apple trees and has panoramic views of the rolling hillside. 960 1280

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Hot Springs, Virginia

Hot Springs, Virginia

Say your “I do’s” amid the dazzling fall foliage at the Omni Homestead, a luxury resort nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. A National Historic Landmark, the Homestead has welcomed 22 American presidents as guests since the 18th century. Unwind after the big day at the Jefferson Pools, the legendary hot springs where Thomas Jefferson soaked in 1818. 960 1280

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Hudson Valley, New York

Hudson Valley, New York

A mere 90 miles upstate from Manhattan lies the respite of Hudson Valley, a favorite fall getaway to take in autumn’s color show. Plan a wedding at the Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle mountaintop resort that overlooks Lake Mohonk and is surrounded by 40,000 forested acres and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains. Nature lovers can choose an eco-friendly wedding, which includes an organic and local menu, extensive composting and recycling, and flowers from the resort’s greenhouse. 960 1280

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Dreaming of an Italian fairy-tale wedding that rivals George Clooney’s and Kim Kardashian’s? Tie the knot at Il Salviatino, an exquisitely restored 15th-century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, a town 15 minutes from Florence’s city center. Exchange your vows in the enchanting Italian-style gardens against the sparkling scenery of Florence’s city lights and a view of the iconic Il Duomo di Firenze. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

A short, direct flight from most major US cities, Cancun boasts sunny skies, year-round 80-degree weather and bright-blue ocean views. Sister properties JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort offer a world of options to cater to various kinds of couples — from beachfront Catholic weddings (the nuptial seaside gazebo is approved for use as a Catholic altar) to Indian, kosher, LGBT and Mayan celebrations — all led by specifically certified professionals. 960 1280

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Don’t want to worry about rain on your wedding day? Tie the knot in Scottsdale, AZ, a vibrant desert town that boasts more than 330 days of sunshine every year. You don’t have to have a wild, wild West wedding here; Montelucia Resort and Spa brims with luxury and sophistication in its indoor/outdoor ballroom. Could you dream up a more stunning wedding backdrop than Camelback Mountain and the Sonoran Desert? 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Nature lovers will cherish a fall wedding in Yosemite National Park, surrounded by majestic pine forests, iconic sites such as Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall (how fitting!), and pops of fall color in nearly every direction. There’s a range of hotels perfect for every couple’s style, including the elegant and historic Ahwahnee Hotel and the cozy, rustic accommodations of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. 960 1280

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Greek Wedding Money Dance
Greek Wedding Money Dance

Greek Wedding Money Dance

Do the money dance! Right before a couple leaves the reception, a money dance is typically done at a Greek wedding. Guests lavish the couple with paper money, a little nest egg for them to start their new lives together. The Greek tradition is also popular in countries like Poland, Mexico and Nigeria. 960 1280

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Galičnik Wedding Festival (Macedonia)

Galičnik Wedding Festival (Macedonia)

Every year in Macedonia, one lucky couple is tapped by festival organizers to get married in a traditional "Galička"-style wedding. Held in the western Macedonian village of Galičnik, the custom unfolds with the bride riding a horse to church. The procession is led by a flag bearer, also on horseback. 960 1280

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Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom

Sweep away the old, and bring in the new! That’s one of the ideas behind the tradition of jumping the broom. A fixture of African-American weddings in the antebellum South, the tradition was revived with the popularity of Alex Haley’s Roots in the 1970s. 960 1280

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Vegas Drive-Thru Wedding

Vegas Drive-Thru Wedding

A quickie Vegas wedding is a time-honored tradition. And the place to go is the Little White Chapel on the Strip. Open 24/7, the chapel has married off an estimated 800,000 couples since 1951. Former Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines got hitched here. So did Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. 960 1280

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Hindu Wedding Fire Ceremony

Hindu Wedding Fire Ceremony

In a Hindu wedding ceremony, the bride and groom sit before a fire that symbolizes light, power and knowledge. Both bride and groom also walk around the fire 4 times, marking the 4 stages of life in the Hindu tradition: studentship, householder, retirement and self-realization. 960 1280

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Collective Weddings

Collective Weddings

The more the merrier at a collective wedding ceremony. Mass weddings, in which hundreds, sometimes thousands, of couples gather to tie the knot, are performed in countries such as China, Afghanistan, Japan, Iran, Jordan, South Korea and Yemen. One thing’s for sure: It cuts down on wedding costs. 960 1280

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Jewish Wedding: Breaking the Glass

Jewish Wedding: Breaking the Glass

Mazel tov! But festivities don’t kick off at a Jewish wedding until one solemn act is completed: At the end of the ceremony, the groom breaks a glass, crushing it with his right foot. The act recalls the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Unity Sand Ceremony

Unity Sand Ceremony

The unity sand ceremony has its origins in Native American tradition. The bride and groom take turns pouring layers of colored sand into a container; the layers of colors fold to become a beautiful tapestry. Yet symbolically, the colors remain intact, showing that each party retains their individual identities. 960 1280

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Ugandan-Inspired Wedding

Ugandan-Inspired Wedding

Dancers are the highlight of this Ugandan-inspired wedding. The colors of the dancers' costumes represent Uganda’s black, yellow and red flag. The performance itself is the traditional royal dance of the Buganda Kingdom, located in the southern part of this East African country. 960 1280

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Tea at Chinese Wedding

Tea at Chinese Wedding

Tea is served. At a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, the bride and groom kneel in front of their parents and serve tea. The gesture notes the couple’s gratitude; the parents, in turn, usually drink a small bit of tea and give the couple a red envelope, which symbolizes good luck. 960 1280

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Minsk Bride Parade

Minsk Bride Parade

Lots of happy brides grace this annual parade in Minsk, Belarus. Chosen from nearly 1,000 applicants, the dozens of brides featured in this parade hail from the Eastern European capital. The purpose of the parade, say organizers, is to promote beauty, love and womanhood. 960 1280

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Korovai Bread at Russian Wedding

Korovai Bread at Russian Wedding

A loaf of bread graces a traditional Russian wedding. The bread, known as korovai, is traditionally baked from wheat flour and adorned with symbolic flags and figurines, such as suns, moons and birds. The bread is also a common sight at Ukrainian and Belarussian wedding ceremonies. 960 1280

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