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Who did the honors: clergy, a justice of the peace or just a friend? More and more weddings are performed by someone ordained online. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Just about anybody in America can officiate a wedding, thanks to the internet – and one determined preacher

A professor who has researched the Universal Life Church unpacks why many couples now prefer to hand-pick loved ones to perform their ceremonies.
Focusing on having a special day rather than a perfect day can help alleviate some of the pressure people feel when planning a wedding. (Pexels/Emma Bauso)

How to avoid toxic perfectionism when planning a wedding

Weddings have become increasingly curated: everything from the shoes to the table runners are perfectly themed and colour-co-ordinated. It is emblematic of our cultural obsession with perfection.
Members of the Association of Transgender and Hijra at Bengal light a lamp to mark Transgender Day of Bengal in Kolkata, India, in 2017. AP Photo/Bikas Das

Transgender women are finding some respect in India, but a traditional gender-nonconforming group – hijras – remains stigmatized

A sociologist explains that the ability to claim transgender identities in India may appear progressive, but this can further marginalize historically stigmatized gender-nonconforming groups.
Wedding gown bodice, circa 1836. The Ohio State Historic Costume & Textiles Collection

Why do brides wear white?

The tradition of a bride garbed in white weaves through two thousand years of history, influenced by the Romans – and Queen Victoria.
People wear a protective mask as they attend a Hindu ritual, known as Melasti, in Bali, Indonesia, on March 22. Agoes Rudianto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Why people need rituals, especially in times of uncertainty

As the coronavirus spreads and life comes to a standstill, people are coming up with a host of rituals to maintain a sense of order and human connection.

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