Customs and Rituals Around the Globe
Marriage is the bringing together of two. Two people,
two families, two tribes, two incomes. Even today, marriage will
bring cultures and peoples together. There are many reasons for
two individuals to get married. In the case of most marriages, that
reason is love, but that is not the only reason.
In the case of arranged marriages, two families wish
their children to wed each other, hence joining the families, or
professional marriage arrangers can find a "match" for
the parties. In some cultures, the union is about economics, where
love takes a back seat to the marriage and is something that grows
Weddings are full of symbolism where seemingly innocent
or innocuous things have deep roots in the individual culture, and
reflect long past and sometimes current customs. Wedding customs
borrow from all other cultures, wedding veils from the Far East,
By following the links on the menus at the bottom
of this page , you can learn about the marriage customs from around
the world and perhaps connect a little more with your own culture,
or find an interesting custom that you would like to "borrow"
from another to spice up your own wedding.
If you would like to add a wedding story or
a marriage custom to our list, feel free to do so.