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Understanding the Different Wedding Practices


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A wedding is said to be one of the most precious moments that can occur in a man's life. Often, it is performed based on the cultural practices of the individuals to be wed.

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Understanding the Different Wedding Practices

  1. 1. © 2013 Understanding the Different Wedding Practices
  2. 2. © 2013 Before a man and a woman walk down the aisle and give their vows, it has to be ensured that every memorable moment is captured; that is why most couples do hire the services of a professional wedding videographer in order to preserve such meaningful, interesting and striking moments. Other than the wedding videography aspect of the wedding, couples have to understand that at some point in their preparations, they need to observe their respective marriage practices and bridal traditions. A problem may arise when the bride and the groom do not belong to the same religious and cultural belief, so both need to agree on a few terms before the wedding solemnization. To understand more the different wedding practices across the world, I believe the information would enlighten you. (1) CHRISTIAN WEDDING PRACTICES. A lot of professional wedding videographers have witnessed a Christian church wedding wherein the couple are extended with some kind of a church blessing. Generally, the wedding is officiated either by a pastor or a priest in reference to God, and the community is required to pledge to support the couple's marriage life. Based on the practices in the Roman Catholic faith, a wedding ceremony, known as the "holy matrimony," is considered part of the church's "seven sacraments." On the other hand, believers of the Eastern Orthodox faith consider wedding as one of the "mysteries." (2) HINDU WEDDING PRACTICES. Based on the provisions of the Hindu scriptures, a wedding ceremony may last for days. On the day of the occasion, the groom and the bride put a garland on each other. Hours later, the religious part of the wedding takes place; the Hindu priest officiating the ceremony prepares a sacred fire in front of the couple. Thereafter, the couple encircles the fire for at least seven times for their matrimonial vow. Finally, the bridegroom puts a vermilion mark over the bride's forehead and surrounds her neck with a precious gold necklace. (3) MUSLIM WEDDING PRACTICES. As seen in many wedding videos, Muslim nuptials are often so colorful. As observed in the Islamic faith, it is forbidden for anyone or for parents to coerce either a man or a woman to enter into a contract of marriage. No one can be forced to marry against his or her will. It means, therefore, that Muslim marriages are to be performed with pure intentions. According to the Holy Qur'an, the husband and the wife shall be the protector of each other; they shall comfort each other on account of the fact that they are meant for one another.
  3. 3. © 2013 (4) CHINESE WEDDING PRACTICES. In several Chinese wedding video packages, notice that the "tea ceremony" is considered as the equivalent of the "exchanging of vows" in Christian culture. Such a wedding ritual is largely observed in other places, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. One interesting feature is the role of the "good luck lady" who holds a red umbrella over the bride's head when the bride is about to leave her house. This "good luck lady" must be a person who is blessed with fruitful and meaningful marriage life.