Wedding is a celebration in which couples begin their married life. Concept and customs of marriage varies between countries, religions, casts, cultures. Marriage also depends on economic condition of bride and grooms family. But both Eastern and western marriages has its own importance. Nuptial is the common adjective of “wedding” used in zoology.
Marriage rings or vows symbolizes the Western wedding, where as chain symbolizes the Eastern. There are many differences between Eastern and western marriage for example differences in reception, halls, party and many other things.
Reception is very common in western ceremonies. Some times receptions are arranged after wedding, some times before. Commonly receptions arrange in evening times. Dinner in reception is quite different from other dinners. Western marriage include dance, music, orchestras, poetry, prayer.
Some traditions of Western marriage represents the bride’s and her father’s relationship and her relationship with new family. Some traditions symbolizes the relationship between husband and wife. Modern couples are not giving importance to these tradition. Day by day these customs are vanishing.
Marriage rings plays very big role in every western marriage. Wedding rings are the sign of expressing one’s love and affection to his beloved. It is the symbol of faith and confidence. The moment of exchanging rings between bride and groom is unforgotten memory in their life. It symbolizes future relationship of couples.
Best man concept is commonly associated with western weddings, especially in British tradition. Best man is responsible to present rings during the symbolic moment of exchange of ring/s between the bride and the groom in front of all guests at wedding hall.
In western countries, marriage is a great moment which gives a new life to both bride and groom. Marriage is a precursor to parenthood, taking the promise of a new generation. This precious moment is embedded with traditions, customs, celebrations including engagement and wedding receptions.
In respect to dress of bride, white plays an important role in ritual of wedding in western culture. As new designs of gowns are available, today brides may attracted towards these designs that do not look very traditional. However, The tradition of wearing wedding gowns in western weddings, has unchanged. There are different types of Wedding are followed in western culture. They are Double wedding, Destination wedding, weekend wedding, white wedding, military wedding, civil wedding, sneak wedding etc.
Double wedding is a single celebration where two arranged couples meet for two continuous marriages. In some of the countries like Philippines, Indonesia marriage of two siblings in a year is recognized as unfortunate and it is declared as “sukob”. A marriage in which couple and their guests travel from one place to another to attend the ceremony is known as Destination wedding. This type of weddings are arranged in beaches in the Caribbean islands. It is a type of wedding in which couples and all their invited guests celebrate the ceremony during the weekend is known as weekend wedding. Commonly golf tournaments are arranged in weekend weddings to entertain guests. The name indicates the color of the wedding gown, which was highly popular in Victorian period which represent the purity and innocence of childhood. As grown white color symbolizes virginity.
A military wedding is a marriage held at a military chapel. In almost all military weddings the groom wear a military uniform. Military soldiers and their family members commonly opt for a military wedding.
Marriage ceremony presided over by ministers, judges, mayors and other civil authorities or any great personalities. civil marriage commonly takes place in local cities, town halls or in front of judge in court yards. Marrying without consent or approval of parents or others is known as Sneak wedding.