A marriage is a lifelong promise between a woman and a man. This thing strengthens their relation and gives their life another meaning. The concept of marriage is in every culture and every religion. Marriage is surely the best way to maintain the relationship between the both partners and for the bringing of their children well. People are now smarter about getting married and they are marrying when they think they are stable enough financially. However, get married when you think it’s the right man and the right time. Take your time and think hard before taking the final decision.
And if you’ve met the right guy, then you should start planning for your wedding! Marriage ceremonies need detailed planning, family, relatives and best friends’ plays a major role in arranging the marriage. Marriage traditions vary between countries and ethnic groups. In most marriage ceremonies, the couple makes vows to not leave each other and love each other till their death after that the couple’s family and friends give them speeches and different gifts to show their love and support.
In western culture, the bride wears a white colored gown whereas the groom wears a suit or tuxedo in black color usually. Followed by a wedding ceremony is a reception. Every country and culture has its own tradition to celebrate a wedding:
Customary American weddings take place in a church or chapels and family and friends of the bride and groom gather to support and celebrate this love day with them. However, some people choose other destinations according to their wish or desire like beaches, hotels or farmhouses etc. Bride’s wear white long gown with a veil because white is a symbol of purity. She holds a flower bouquet in her hands and the type she chooses indicate her emotions towards this day. Bridesmaids also play a very important role in western marriage ceremonies, they surround the bride to save her from the evil spirits (according to the myths) the dress code of the bridesmaid is chosen by the bride herself. Usually the color she chooses coordinates with the wedding theme. Maid of honor is usually the bride’s close friend.
For the groom, a close friend of him becomes best man and given a place of respect and admiration and some other relative become groomsmen to support him.
The circular shaped ring is also an integral part of the wedding; this ring connects the bride and groom and is a symbol of a forever relation, they are usually made up of gold, diamond or other metals. Flower girl and ring bearer are also the part of the rituals.
On the wedding day, bride and groom make vows to be with each other forever and cut the cake and everyone celebrates with them this day.
Western Wedding Rituals in an order:
- Getting engaged
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Wedding day
- Reception line
- Reception day
- Entrance of wedding party
- Serving of food
- Cutting of a grand wedding cake
- Throwing the Garter
- Bouquet throwing
- Thank you speeches
On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom are told about their duties and responsibilities towards each other by the priest and they agrees upon them by saying “I do”
Indian weddings are quite exciting and fun. They’re very popular worldwide and generally categorized into pre-wedding ceremony, marriage day ceremony and Bidaai. On the day before the wedding ceremony, the female friends of bride decorate the bride’s hands while singing songs and they call it “Mehndi”. Bride tries to look at her best with gold and diamond jewelry and wears the traditional saree or lehnga (usually in red color) Groom wears a sherwani or kurta shalwar. On the wedding day, they walk in circles (pheray) around the fire and make vows.
While marriages in Islamic world are quite different, it is known as ‘Nikkah’ in urdu and it can be held at any time of the day or date because there is nothing like “muhurat” or “positive time” in Islam. In old times, it used to be held at bride’s or groom’s place or in masjid. But with the passing time, this trend has been changed and now Muslims celebrate this day in hotels, beaches, farm houses etc. A Muslim wedding is also divided into pre-wedding, wedding (baraat) and post-wedding (valima) customs. And greatly resembles to Indian weddings.
Weddings, in every religion, country and ethnic group are supposed to be a respectful thing and the wedding day is supposed to be a day to celebrate love so try to make it the most memorable one!