Marriage 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 tribes and countries together, sometimes ending long standing conflicts. There are many reasons for two individuals to get married. In the case of most marriages, that reason is love, but sometimes 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 in the marriage and is something that grows over time.

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, such as wearing the wedding veils, for example, borrows from the Far East culture.

By  following the links on the menus on the right hand side 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 or contact us!