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HAND: Men still ask for dad’s permission FROM PAGE 11

Web site, said a guy should seek dad’s permission before giving his daughter a ring. Sixty-eight percent of the women who responded said that asking their dad was not necessary, but was OK, according to the survey of more than 10,000 men and women. Men like the tradition because it gives them a place to start as they plan the proposal, said Anja Winikka, editor at TheKnot.com. “The proposal is the one thing where he’s got all the control,” she said. Enrique came up with a way to talk to Smeenk’s parents before he finalized his plans for how to propose to her. During Jan and Leonard Smeenk’s August visit to Orlando, Enrique took them to a jewelry store and showed them the ring he had chosen. He recalls telling them: “You know I love your daughter very much. As long as it’s OK with you, I’d really like to give this to Leah and ask her to spend the rest of her life with me.”

The speech made a big impact on the family. “They were all ecstatic,” recalled Enrique. “They respect me more because of this.” Jan Smeenk, of Montoursville, Pa., agreed. “It was very special,” she said. “I felt he was showing both Leah and her family respect.” Randy Burns, 28, also saw a conversation about marriage with his future father-in-law as a way to earn approval — even though they had just met a day earlier. “It was very awkward,” Burns, of Louisville, Ky., said of the conversation with Collin Stevens. “I thought it was the right thing to do. He was floored but at the same time I definitely got the feeling he respected me for asking.” The discussion took “guts,” agreed Stevens. “It was a respectful thing to do. I don’t think it was a necessary thing to do. If that’s who my daughter wants to marry, then that’s it.”

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Weddings reflect cultures, traditions

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■ Start writing placement cards. ■ Make sure all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted. ■ Buy a gift for the bride. ■ Choose the music for your ceremony, first dance, parent dances, and party and give information to musicians.

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Paolina Perez, MexicanAmerican and Phillip Law, of Chinese descent, were married Friday Dec. 10 during a ceremony at L’auberge dulac Casino Resort in Lake Charles. The New Iberia couple planned their wedding and and reception to reflect a little of each of their cultures and traditions. The four-tiered wedding cake was accented with cherry blossoms to incorporate part of his traditions. Money was pinned on the bride and groom during the wedding dances, a tradition reflecting the local area.

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s the number of intercultural and interracial marriages begin to increase, couples are looking for more creative ways to blend different cultures into their wedding ceremony and reception and to keep their traditions alive. Intercultural and interracial couples in the Teche Area are cautiously planning their weddings to incorporate traditions and wedding customs that are important to each family, as the wedding celebration no longer highlights only one culture. Paolina Perez, a MexicanAmerican, and Phillip Law, of Chinese descent, SUBMITTED exchanged wedding vows on Paolina Perez and Phillip Law were married on tures. The bride served tea to his parents during Dec. 10 in a ceremony repre- Dec. 10. The couple planned a wedding ceremony the ceremony, a tradition of the Chinese wedding senting both of their culand reception that reflected both of their culcelebration. tures. down the aisle and they shared a fatherthe wedding, cherry blossoms were used Perez and Law, both 23 years old, chose daughter dance at the reception, she said. for the boutonnieres for the groom and to be married at L’auberge dulac Casino “We wanted to make sure that we had a groomsmen. For the celebration, the Resort in Lake Charles. The New Iberia little something in the wedding representthree-tiered wedding cake was accented couple carefully planned their wedding to ing both of our cultures,” said Perez-Law. with cherry blossoms. make sure each had some of their own However, some of the guests were a litHer biological parents are both of customs and traditions representing their tle taken back when the wedding service Mexican descent, but she was born in cultures incorporated into the ceremony came to a halt and teapots were brought California and raised by her Caucasian and reception celebration. stepfather. In keeping with the American She wore a traditional wedding gown SEE WEDDING , PAGE 3 tradition, her stepfather escorted her and to add a bit of an oriental touch to

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Adrian Enrique was nervous when he popped the question to Leah Smeenk. And he had been even more nervous when he sought permission from her mom and dad first. “I wanted to make sure I did it right,” said Enrique, 25, of Orlando, Fla. “It’s a ritual. It shows respect. You just start out on the right foot with the parents.” Although seeking permission from a woman’s father is no longer a societal must, many prospective grooms still do it as a way to gain the trust, respect or friendship of their future fathers-in-law. Some include mothers in the conversation. In fact, 73 percent of the men who participated in a 2007 survey by Men’s Health magazine and TheKnot.com, a wedding SEE HAND, PAGE 10

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out to the ceremony area, she said. “It is a tradition of the Chinese for the bride to serve tea to the groom’s parents during the wedding ceremony. It is a way to show respect,” said Perez-Law. “I wanted this tradition to be part of our wedding, so I was happy to serve his parents tea.” Perez-Law said her husband is fluent in her language, but she has not yet mastered Chinese. “We don’t want to forget about any of the traditions of our cultures,” said Phillip Law. “When we do have children, we feel it will be important to keep them exposed to both cultures and languages.” The couple knew each other for more than three years before entering into marriage and are looking forward to the day when they can share their culture and traditions with their own children. Xaysongkham “Xay” Keooudone, 28, of Laotian descent, and Lauren Hayes, 25, an American, have been married for 15

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tures are similar, but there are a few family traditions that are different and we want to make sure we continue those traditions,” said Lauren Keooudone. “I have to admit it took me a while to get used of eating soup noodles with chop sticks and eating a meal while sitting on the floor. At meal time, it is the Laotian tradition to sit on the floor with a very low table to eat, so we try to do this every so often. I’ve even learned to cook some of his family favorites. We just want to make sure we keep his culture alive.” The couple knew each other for 10 years before exchanging wedding vows so they were confident there would be no cultural barriers. SUBMITTED “We knew we were compati- Xaysongkham “Xay” Keooudone, 28, of Laotian descent, and Lauren Hayes, 25, ble and although we are from an American, exchanged wedding vows at a beach side wedding ceremony.The different backgrounds, we small reception for family and friends reflected both of their cultures. knew that would not create a SUBMITTED other. Once we got Danielle Marie Boudreaux and Wilfred Justin Jones Jr. enjoy a dance the homes of others by leaving the dirt barrier between us,” he said. to know each outside. When we visit his family or if “The American traditions aren’t really together at their wedding reception following their marriage on Oct. other, I knew he his family or friends visit us, the shoes that different except for the holiday cele16 at a church wedding at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Loreauville. was the right perstay at the door,” she said. brations. Our big celebration is the Daniell Jones does not foresee any probson and we could share a life together,” Danielle Marie Boudreaux and Wilfred Laotian New Year’s. I love being part of lems within the marriage because they she said. Justin Jones Jr. are adapting well to an the Cajun traditions for holidays and The couple celebrated with a traditional are an interracial couple. interracial marriage. She is Caucasian especially like the Cajun food.” “When the times comes to start raising church wedding since the celebrations of and he is of African American descent. Xay Keooudone’s parents and his six a family, our children will not be raised both of their ethnic groups are similar. The couple was married Oct. 16 at a siblings live nearby so the couple said with any prejudice or racial barriers,” “Our wedding ceremony was very trachurch wedding at Mount Zion Baptist they both respect the traditions at his she said. ditional, but at the wedding reception, we Church in Loreauville. family’s home. “They will be brought up to like everywere served by his family members,” she “We knew each other for five years, “It is customary for them to leave their one, regardless of race.” said. before we made a commitment to each shoes at the door as a sign of respect to

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Four to Six Months Before ■ Make appointments for a physical exam with your doctor/dentist. ■ Check requirements for blood test and marriage license in your state. ■ Shop for wedding rings. ■ Select and order the invitations and stationary.

■ Make sure all the men’s attire has been ordered. ■ Decide where to live after the wedding. ■ Complete the guest lists. ■ Begin shopping for trousseau. ■ Send your engagement announcement to the newspaper. ■ Inform mothers to select their dresses.

■ Select and order the men’s attire. ■ Finalize honeymoon details and make the necessary reservations.

Two to Four Months Before ■ Confirm the menu and catering details with the caterer. ■ Prepare all maps and directions for the ceremony and reception.

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Nine to Twelve Months Before

■ Learn the facts about diamonds, and find the engagement ring. ■ Propose. ■ Set an initial budget. ■ Select a wedding date and time. ■ Announce your engagement in the newspaper. ■ Determine the type of wedding you want (day/night, indoor/outdoor, formal/casual). ■ Research availability of reception locations. ■ Select and book your reception location, or get a tent if that is what you decided upon. ■ Find a caterer if not already provided

by the reception facility. ■ Research availability of ceremony locations, if not included with your reception site. ■ Select and book your ceremony location. ■ Determine who will officiate at the ceremony, if not provided with the ceremony location. ■ Determine how many guests you wish to invite. ■ Set aside blocks of hotel/motel rooms for out-of-town guests. ■ Get a band or DJ, get one early because they can get bookedquickly. You can listen to wedding bands in our song directory. ■ Decide if you want a bridal party, and if so, then how large. ■ Start to research your bridal gowns. ■ Start to research the grooms formal wear/tuxedo. ■ Start to research bridesmaids’ dresses. ■ Start to research formal wear for the

groomsmen. ■ Compare and find a photographer. ■ Compare and find a videographer. ■ Find local florists and set appointments to look at their work. ■ Be sure that you get contracts from all the professionals you choose. ■ Create a bridal registry, and/or an engagement registry. ■ Visit bridal shows. Check the schedule of upcoming bridal shows in your areas. ■ Marital Counseling.

Six to Nine Months Before ■ Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same). ■ Select the attendants for your wedding party. ■ Purchase the bride’s gown. ■ Purchase the groom’s tuxedo. ■ Purchase bridesmaids’ dresses. ■ Arrange for your groomsmen to be

measured and reserve the tuxedos. TIP: If your groomsmen do not live close to the formal wearshop you choose, tell them to go to a local shop —- most shops will measure them as a courtesy. ■ Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, and other accessories. ■ Start planning for honeymoon, research you destinations. Will it be a Caribbean Island, the South Pacific, Hawaii, a cruise, or a trip through Europe. Whatever, you decide research thoroughly. ■ Choose and reserve your florist. ■ Order the wedding cake, if not provided by the caterer or reception hall. ■ The parents of the groom should begin to arrange the Rehearsal Dinner, and reserve a restaurant or make other arrangements. ■ Arrange for transportation for the wedding. Limousines, horse and carriage, vans, etc. SEE PLANNING PAGE 9

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s the price of weddings skyrocket and wedding traditions continue to change, so does the way the wedding is financed. The typical question — Who pays for what? — is no longer answered with simple bridal etiquette rules governing expenses. The standard tradition of the bride’s parents paying for the majority of the expenses of a wedding is gradually fading away as couples shoulder more of the responsibility of their own wedding expenses. Expenses for the wedding attire, ceremony location, food and alcohol for the reception, photographer, videographer, flowers, decorations, stationary, transportation to the ceremony, rings, bridal party gifts, rehearsal supper and wedding cake can quickly mount up to far exceed the wedding budget.

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Kallie Landry, a local wedding consultant, said there is no denying the fact that wedding prices have skyrocketed. Landry said the average wedding cost ranges from $10,000 for a small wedding to $50,000 for a more elaborate affair. In today’s economy, a couple planning a wedding for 250 guests or more could easily find themselves paying in-between $25,000 to $30,000 once final expenses are tallied. A smaller wedding with 100 guests can reach the $10,000 mark. Landry said there is a trend for more couples to take on the responsibility of the wedding costs. Nationally statistics are showing only 27 percent of weddings are funded in the traditional manner by the bride’s parents. Landry said the final decision of who pays for what varies by couples. “I see more couples paying for their own weddings or chipping in with their parents. It varies and it depends on the individual situation,” she said. Landry attributes this to a larger num-

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split the catering bill,” she said. “I realized that I wasn’t marrying myself, so both families should have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the ceremony and reception. I tried not to be a Godzilla bride and make this wedding just about me. It is easy for a wedding to escalate into only what the bride wants it to be.” Williams said the bride and groom and their families should be prepared to compromise. “We all talked about it and decided if everyone was going to get what they wanted for the wedding, we would compromise on the finances and the expenses would be shared. I was fortunate my inlaws helped with the expenses,” she said. Williams recommends setting a budget before starting to plan a wedding. Williams said she did not have an openend budget, but had not set a specific amount for expenses before planning. After adding up the total cost, Williams

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The couple had planned the wedding around 300 guests and paid for a large portion of the wedding expenses. “It was important to us to have the wedding that we wanted, but we didn’t want to see our parents pay for all of it. My mother and his parents helped out, but we paid the biggest portion. Seth and I were both employed fulltime, so we felt we should pay for the wedding we wanted,” she said. Even with a set budget, Babineaux said the wedding went over $3,000 of the expected cost. “There are a lot of little things that are unexpected and add up along the way,” she said. April Renee Benoit and Michael Paul Campbell were married Nov. 27 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. April Campbell said her parents had agreed to a large wedding with 300 guests, but the list was increased to 350 guests so the couple chipped in to help pay for SEE DREAM, PAGE 7

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extra expenses. She also cautioned brides to set a budget and make plans carefully. “We didn’t make purchases on a whim, but everything adds up fast, so it is important to decide on what you’re willing to spend,” she said. She had estimated the wedding expenses would range between $12,000 to $15,000. “I went over that amount and we were really price cautious. The reception always takes a big chunk out of the budget. There is the added cost of the limousines, photographer and video charges,” she said. Demetria Rochelle Williams, 25 and Phillip Thomas, 24, were married Friday, Dec. 17 in a double-ring ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Broussard. The couple wanted a big wedding and knew there would be big financial obligations that went along with it. Both employed, they didn’t expect their parents to take on all of the financial obliga-

tions. The budget was surpassed, Demetria Thomas said. “There were so many last-minute things that we didn’t plan for and weren’t in the budget,” she said. She expected the wedding to be within the $10,000 to $15,000 range, but she estimates the total cost reached closer to the $15,000 to $20,000 mark. “I have no regrets about having a large wedding. This was something I always wanted,” she said. “It was a hectic day and I really didn’t get to enjoy all of it, but what is important to us is if everyone else had a good time. Everyone commented on how we had such a beautiful wedding and how they enjoyed it.” By setting a wedding budget and planning well in advance, couples can get a better understanding of the different expenses and what is top priority to keep the budget in balance. Avoid last-minute planning to cut down on spur of the moment decisions.

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split the catering bill,” she said. “I realized that I wasn’t marrying myself, so both families should have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of the ceremony and reception. I tried not to be a Godzilla bride and make this wedding just about me. It is easy for a wedding to escalate into only what the bride wants it to be.” Williams said the bride and groom and their families should be prepared to compromise. “We all talked about it and decided if everyone was going to get what they wanted for the wedding, we would compromise on the finances and the expenses would be shared. I was fortunate my inlaws helped with the expenses,” she said. Williams recommends setting a budget before starting to plan a wedding. Williams said she did not have an openend budget, but had not set a specific amount for expenses before planning. After adding up the total cost, Williams

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extra expenses. She also cautioned brides to set a budget and make plans carefully. “We didn’t make purchases on a whim, but everything adds up fast, so it is important to decide on what you’re willing to spend,” she said. She had estimated the wedding expenses would range between $12,000 to $15,000. “I went over that amount and we were really price cautious. The reception always takes a big chunk out of the budget. There is the added cost of the limousines, photographer and video charges,” she said. Demetria Rochelle Williams, 25 and Phillip Thomas, 24, were married Friday, Dec. 17 in a double-ring ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Broussard. The couple wanted a big wedding and knew there would be big financial obligations that went along with it. Both employed, they didn’t expect their parents to take on all of the financial obliga-

tions. The budget was surpassed, Demetria Thomas said. “There were so many last-minute things that we didn’t plan for and weren’t in the budget,” she said. She expected the wedding to be within the $10,000 to $15,000 range, but she estimates the total cost reached closer to the $15,000 to $20,000 mark. “I have no regrets about having a large wedding. This was something I always wanted,” she said. “It was a hectic day and I really didn’t get to enjoy all of it, but what is important to us is if everyone else had a good time. Everyone commented on how we had such a beautiful wedding and how they enjoyed it.” By setting a wedding budget and planning well in advance, couples can get a better understanding of the different expenses and what is top priority to keep the budget in balance. Avoid last-minute planning to cut down on spur of the moment decisions.

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Nine to Twelve Months Before

■ Learn the facts about diamonds, and find the engagement ring. ■ Propose. ■ Set an initial budget. ■ Select a wedding date and time. ■ Announce your engagement in the newspaper. ■ Determine the type of wedding you want (day/night, indoor/outdoor, formal/casual). ■ Research availability of reception locations. ■ Select and book your reception location, or get a tent if that is what you decided upon. ■ Find a caterer if not already provided

by the reception facility. ■ Research availability of ceremony locations, if not included with your reception site. ■ Select and book your ceremony location. ■ Determine who will officiate at the ceremony, if not provided with the ceremony location. ■ Determine how many guests you wish to invite. ■ Set aside blocks of hotel/motel rooms for out-of-town guests. ■ Get a band or DJ, get one early because they can get bookedquickly. You can listen to wedding bands in our song directory. ■ Decide if you want a bridal party, and if so, then how large. ■ Start to research your bridal gowns. ■ Start to research the grooms formal wear/tuxedo. ■ Start to research bridesmaids’ dresses. ■ Start to research formal wear for the

groomsmen. ■ Compare and find a photographer. ■ Compare and find a videographer. ■ Find local florists and set appointments to look at their work. ■ Be sure that you get contracts from all the professionals you choose. ■ Create a bridal registry, and/or an engagement registry. ■ Visit bridal shows. Check the schedule of upcoming bridal shows in your areas. ■ Marital Counseling.

Six to Nine Months Before ■ Start compiling the guest list (inform your families to do the same). ■ Select the attendants for your wedding party. ■ Purchase the bride’s gown. ■ Purchase the groom’s tuxedo. ■ Purchase bridesmaids’ dresses. ■ Arrange for your groomsmen to be

measured and reserve the tuxedos. TIP: If your groomsmen do not live close to the formal wearshop you choose, tell them to go to a local shop —- most shops will measure them as a courtesy. ■ Shop for the wedding dress, headpiece, veil, and other accessories. ■ Start planning for honeymoon, research you destinations. Will it be a Caribbean Island, the South Pacific, Hawaii, a cruise, or a trip through Europe. Whatever, you decide research thoroughly. ■ Choose and reserve your florist. ■ Order the wedding cake, if not provided by the caterer or reception hall. ■ The parents of the groom should begin to arrange the Rehearsal Dinner, and reserve a restaurant or make other arrangements. ■ Arrange for transportation for the wedding. Limousines, horse and carriage, vans, etc. SEE PLANNING PAGE 9

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tures are similar, but there are a few family traditions that are different and we want to make sure we continue those traditions,” said Lauren Keooudone. “I have to admit it took me a while to get used of eating soup noodles with chop sticks and eating a meal while sitting on the floor. At meal time, it is the Laotian tradition to sit on the floor with a very low table to eat, so we try to do this every so often. I’ve even learned to cook some of his family favorites. We just want to make sure we keep his culture alive.” The couple knew each other for 10 years before exchanging wedding vows so they were confident there would be no cultural barriers. SUBMITTED “We knew we were compati- Xaysongkham “Xay” Keooudone, 28, of Laotian descent, and Lauren Hayes, 25, ble and although we are from an American, exchanged wedding vows at a beach side wedding ceremony.The different backgrounds, we small reception for family and friends reflected both of their cultures. knew that would not create a SUBMITTED other. Once we got Danielle Marie Boudreaux and Wilfred Justin Jones Jr. enjoy a dance the homes of others by leaving the dirt barrier between us,” he said. to know each outside. When we visit his family or if “The American traditions aren’t really together at their wedding reception following their marriage on Oct. other, I knew he his family or friends visit us, the shoes that different except for the holiday cele16 at a church wedding at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Loreauville. was the right perstay at the door,” she said. brations. Our big celebration is the Daniell Jones does not foresee any probson and we could share a life together,” Danielle Marie Boudreaux and Wilfred Laotian New Year’s. I love being part of lems within the marriage because they she said. Justin Jones Jr. are adapting well to an the Cajun traditions for holidays and The couple celebrated with a traditional are an interracial couple. interracial marriage. She is Caucasian especially like the Cajun food.” “When the times comes to start raising church wedding since the celebrations of and he is of African American descent. Xay Keooudone’s parents and his six a family, our children will not be raised both of their ethnic groups are similar. The couple was married Oct. 16 at a siblings live nearby so the couple said with any prejudice or racial barriers,” “Our wedding ceremony was very trachurch wedding at Mount Zion Baptist they both respect the traditions at his she said. ditional, but at the wedding reception, we Church in Loreauville. family’s home. “They will be brought up to like everywere served by his family members,” she “We knew each other for five years, “It is customary for them to leave their one, regardless of race.” said. before we made a commitment to each shoes at the door as a sign of respect to

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out to the ceremony area, she said. “It is a tradition of the Chinese for the bride to serve tea to the groom’s parents during the wedding ceremony. It is a way to show respect,” said Perez-Law. “I wanted this tradition to be part of our wedding, so I was happy to serve his parents tea.” Perez-Law said her husband is fluent in her language, but she has not yet mastered Chinese. “We don’t want to forget about any of the traditions of our cultures,” said Phillip Law. “When we do have children, we feel it will be important to keep them exposed to both cultures and languages.” The couple knew each other for more than three years before entering into marriage and are looking forward to the day when they can share their culture and traditions with their own children. Xaysongkham “Xay” Keooudone, 28, of Laotian descent, and Lauren Hayes, 25, an American, have been married for 15

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■ Start writing placement cards. ■ Make sure all bridesmaids’ attire has been fitted. ■ Buy a gift for the bride. ■ Choose the music for your ceremony, first dance, parent dances, and party and give information to musicians.

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Paolina Perez, MexicanAmerican and Phillip Law, of Chinese descent, were married Friday Dec. 10 during a ceremony at L’auberge dulac Casino Resort in Lake Charles. The New Iberia couple planned their wedding and and reception to reflect a little of each of their cultures and traditions. The four-tiered wedding cake was accented with cherry blossoms to incorporate part of his traditions. Money was pinned on the bride and groom during the wedding dances, a tradition reflecting the local area.

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s the number of intercultural and interracial marriages begin to increase, couples are looking for more creative ways to blend different cultures into their wedding ceremony and reception and to keep their traditions alive. Intercultural and interracial couples in the Teche Area are cautiously planning their weddings to incorporate traditions and wedding customs that are important to each family, as the wedding celebration no longer highlights only one culture. Paolina Perez, a MexicanAmerican, and Phillip Law, of Chinese descent, SUBMITTED exchanged wedding vows on Paolina Perez and Phillip Law were married on tures. The bride served tea to his parents during Dec. 10 in a ceremony repre- Dec. 10. The couple planned a wedding ceremony the ceremony, a tradition of the Chinese wedding senting both of their culand reception that reflected both of their culcelebration. tures. down the aisle and they shared a fatherthe wedding, cherry blossoms were used Perez and Law, both 23 years old, chose daughter dance at the reception, she said. for the boutonnieres for the groom and to be married at L’auberge dulac Casino “We wanted to make sure that we had a groomsmen. For the celebration, the Resort in Lake Charles. The New Iberia little something in the wedding representthree-tiered wedding cake was accented couple carefully planned their wedding to ing both of our cultures,” said Perez-Law. with cherry blossoms. make sure each had some of their own However, some of the guests were a litHer biological parents are both of customs and traditions representing their tle taken back when the wedding service Mexican descent, but she was born in cultures incorporated into the ceremony came to a halt and teapots were brought California and raised by her Caucasian and reception celebration. stepfather. In keeping with the American She wore a traditional wedding gown SEE WEDDING , PAGE 3 tradition, her stepfather escorted her and to add a bit of an oriental touch to

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Adrian Enrique was nervous when he popped the question to Leah Smeenk. And he had been even more nervous when he sought permission from her mom and dad first. “I wanted to make sure I did it right,” said Enrique, 25, of Orlando, Fla. “It’s a ritual. It shows respect. You just start out on the right foot with the parents.” Although seeking permission from a woman’s father is no longer a societal must, many prospective grooms still do it as a way to gain the trust, respect or friendship of their future fathers-in-law. Some include mothers in the conversation. In fact, 73 percent of the men who participated in a 2007 survey by Men’s Health magazine and TheKnot.com, a wedding SEE HAND, PAGE 10

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HAND: Men still ask for dad’s permission FROM PAGE 11

Web site, said a guy should seek dad’s permission before giving his daughter a ring. Sixty-eight percent of the women who responded said that asking their dad was not necessary, but was OK, according to the survey of more than 10,000 men and women. Men like the tradition because it gives them a place to start as they plan the proposal, said Anja Winikka, editor at TheKnot.com. “The proposal is the one thing where he’s got all the control,” she said. Enrique came up with a way to talk to Smeenk’s parents before he finalized his plans for how to propose to her. During Jan and Leonard Smeenk’s August visit to Orlando, Enrique took them to a jewelry store and showed them the ring he had chosen. He recalls telling them: “You know I love your daughter very much. As long as it’s OK with you, I’d really like to give this to Leah and ask her to spend the rest of her life with me.”

The speech made a big impact on the family. “They were all ecstatic,” recalled Enrique. “They respect me more because of this.” Jan Smeenk, of Montoursville, Pa., agreed. “It was very special,” she said. “I felt he was showing both Leah and her family respect.” Randy Burns, 28, also saw a conversation about marriage with his future father-in-law as a way to earn approval — even though they had just met a day earlier. “It was very awkward,” Burns, of Louisville, Ky., said of the conversation with Collin Stevens. “I thought it was the right thing to do. He was floored but at the same time I definitely got the feeling he respected me for asking.” The discussion took “guts,” agreed Stevens. “It was a respectful thing to do. I don’t think it was a necessary thing to do. If that’s who my daughter wants to marry, then that’s it.”

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