1st of all, good luck, sincerely, for your studying stuff... I was finishing University when we got married... I daresay it wasn't my best studying period XD
as for the traditions, gosh, it's difficult to tell... I mean... something that seems obvious to me could be absolutely weird for you... (and the contrary, too)...
so I'm gonna tell you about our wedding in small parts over a few days, and so you can judge if it is really different... and you tell me when you get bored with it, and I'll stop, right?
In fact, in Switzerland, we have 2 weddings: "civil" and religious. Only civil wedding is obligatory (which pissed us off, if we had married in another country, the religious wedding would have been perfectly legal on its own), so many couples do both weddings in a very short period of time (often, like my brother, the civil wedding on Friday and the religious one on Saturday) and make 2 parties. Titi (my honey's nickname) and I weren't fond of that civil stuff, it was too formal for us, so we did it with our 2 witnesses (my best friend and his), and then simply went home and cooked a nice meal for us four... that was about six months before what we consider as our actual wedding...
Here, we aren't supposed to see each other's clothes before entering the church, so we both went with our witnesses, Phil and Olivia, to choose a "princess" dress for me and a "prince" suit for Titi about 4 months before the wedding... in fact, we got married in May, and from January on, we were really busy... we had to make a spiritual preparation with the priest, choose the music, flowers, texts that were to be read, classical stuff like that... we also had to fight a bit against our parents, 'cause they wanted a very pompous wedding with many many guests, while we wanted a simple one, with people we truly love... in the end, we got what we wanted, 'cause here, parents generally don't pay their children's weddings... so we can choose freely what we want
wow... long message already... (and I must work)... so ... to be continued tomorrow if you wish it... and if you're bored, I won't be frustrated, I promise,... I guess we are all very talkative when telling about our happinesses!
Interesting. Sorry for late answer. Haven't been at the computer for a couple of days.
And don't worry I won't get bored. It is always interesting to know how much your country differs from the others.
In Russia we've got two types of weddings, too. But the civil seems to be more important. Not every couple decides to have a religious wedding during their whole life. That is why we have all the celebrations at one day. Sometimes there're two days of wedding (they come one after another), but that's just an ancient Russian tradition and is not very important. I think we don't pay much attenion to the religious wedding because of our soviet past (religion wasn't "popular" that days).
Well, don't know what else to say. I'm waiting for your story to continue.