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Forget The Gold Bands, We Want Bones!

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Here in America, we are usually used to having the traditional wedding rings given the the ceremony. However, in New Zealand, they have a different custom that tends to stray from the norm. Instead of the wedding bands we are use to, New Zealand couple use the Maori-style exchanging of rings, rings made of bone or greenstone. These rings represent the important heritage symbol for the Maori people. These rings are known as infinity loops and are carved to absolute circular rings, that represent the enduring cycles of the couple’s love.Another interesting custom that is celebrated in New Zealand, is the wedding breakfast. Instead of having a reception right after the ceremony, the party takes place the day after the wedding, after the couple has consummated the marriage.

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