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Some Modern Types Of Wedding Ceremonies

May 21, 2008
Marriage is a union of two people that starts with a ceremony that is called a wedding; many changes have been made to the law surrounding a marriage in the last twenty years or so. Whilst the ceremony may occur in a church or other religious place the marriage is not recognized until the legal duties are performed. The law requires that the couple sign the marriage certificate in front of witnesses before the marriage can be legally accepted. A woman taking part in the ceremony is called a bride, a man called a bridegroom; the terms husband and wife are then the traditional terms to use after the ceremony.

Religious Wedding Services

Of course other wedding traditions can be much more complicated as soon as you look into different race, social classes and ethnic groups to name a few. Even in today's climate, the traditional Church ceremony is still the most popular service. These ceremonies are usually referred to as white weddings and are considered formal or semi-formal in the United Kingdom, Ireland and United States, as well as some other Commonwealth countries.

Twin Ceremonies

A rare type of marriage is where two separate couples decide to marry at the same time; this often happens where a person has a brother or sister that decides to tie the knot at the same time and it is not unheard of for two brothers to marry two sisters this way.

Marriages in Another Country

Marriages in foreign countries are called destination weddings where guests can arrive either just before the ceremony or actually travel with the couple; destination weddings automatically conjure up exotic countries but it could just as easily be a themed wedding in Las Vegas to qualify for that title.

Weddings over a Weekend

Whilst it is quite normal for the Irish to have three day weddings, more couples are taking the hint and having theirs over a weekend which gives them more time to enjoy the occasion. To cater for this expanding market a number of companies can arrange special themed occasions that incorporate anything from golf to surfing. For many people that have outdoor interests this can be a lot of fun and the guests can stay for the entire weekend with them to extend the occasion and have a lot more fun.

Ceremonies Online

Although unusual, you can even get married online and it will resemble a normal wedding or you can even have characters of yourselves get married. There are even guides for information on how to go about an internet ceremony with information on people that can carry it out for you. An internet or online wedding can also refer to a situation where a couple may broadcast their marriage to friends and family in other parts of the world so they can see the wedding in real time with out actually being there.

Marriages without Religious Representation

Despite the term civil wedding, most services that take place outside of a Church, wherever that may be, are civil weddings which have to be carried out by appointed or elected judges, mayors or a justice of the peace. Religion doesn't normally play a part in these ceremonies because they are purely a legal requirement. Many civil ceremonies take place in local town or city halls or courthouses in judge's chambers.

The information here is to help give people who live primarily in the Western world, a better comprehension of just what a wedding really is. But in reality, when you take in to consideration that there are many foreign types of wedding ceremonies, you'll understand we hardly scratched the surface here.
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