The wedding is the most exciting event in a man’s life. Boys and girls start thinking of their wedding since their childhood. The girls are more sensitive and they spend much more time than the boys thinking of their wedding, of their diamond rings, of their wedding dress and so on. Some girls have attended weddings so they associate their dreams with the flowers, gifts, dresses and other things from the ceremonies they have seen.
In different countries there are different religions, traditions and manners. So people celebrate their marriage in different ways. In Christianity the man buys a diamond ring (or another kind of ring) for his bride. The couple wed in a church, and also have their civil ceremony conducted by a civil authority. In some other religions people celebrate for several days. In India and other Asian countries the wedding ceremonies are great events. There are a lot of guests between a hundred and several thousand people. These weddings are very bright with a lot of colors, decorations and so on. Indians do not give diamond rings but they have a very different tradition from ours.
Of course in the world there are so many cultures that we are not able to talk about all of them. The ceremonies in some small tribes in Africa, for example, are associated with the ancient traditions and beliefs. The life in a tribe is so different from ours that we cannot even imagine how people live. There are no gifts, diamond rings and flowers. People give some ordinary for their life things to the couple. And it is very good if the family has a lot of kids.
Another interesting fact around the wedding ceremonies is that there are many different types of weddings. There are military, civil, same-sex, double, destination, mass and other weddings. In Bulgaria they are not popular but in America there are people who even get married in the company of their pets. So as we said before it is on the culture and the manners of every nation.
There are a lot of wedding types. We will talk about some of them. First of all we have to know that a wedding can include several of the aspects we will talk about. So let’s start:
1. The civil wedding is something very important. It is a special ceremony that is presided by a local civil authority. Most of the civil weddings take place in the city hall. In different countries there are different ceremonies.
2. In some countries there are wedding ceremonies that are called destination weddings. It is a ceremony that takes place in some nice and lovely place on a holiday or something similar (something like our honeymoon).
3. Another modern way of marriage is the double wedding. Many close friends decide to make a double wedding. In Bulgaria it is not very popular but there are countries where people just love it.
Of course there are many different types of wedding ceremonies. In Bulgaria we celebrate in a special way. The bridegroom must buy a wedding ring for his bride. The most popular rings and gifts are the diamond rings. Every young woman wants to have a beautiful diamond ring. In the jewelers you can find many different models with different diamonds and sizes. And the price depends on the number and the size of the diamonds.
Of course there are a lot of other wedding rings with other kinds of gem stones. They are not so expensive and are beautiful too.
As far as religion is concerned, the weddings can be quite different. For example the Eastern cultures celebrate in a way that we cannot even imagine. In some places the ceremonies continue for several days.
In the present day life there is one very particular kind of wedding. This is the same-sex wedding. In some countries they are forbidden but many people are married to a person of the same sex. In Bulgaria such weddings are not allowed.
Another kind of a wedding that is very interesting is the military wedding. It is a very special ceremony that is conducted in the military chapel.
The wedding is a serious thing in everyone’s life. The difference between the past and the present day life is that the wedding is not only a ceremony any more. It is a symbol of the union of two people, a symbol of their love and appreciation. That is why the day of your wedding has to be a wonderful one.
Another symbol of the love and appreciation of two people are the wedding rings. There are a lot of different models of rings but the most beautiful and popular are the diamond rings. Of course there are religions and cultures that are quite different from Christianity. There are countries where people don’t buy diamond rings and the weddings are very different. But there is one thing that is the same everywhere. It is the joy of the union in marriage or other similar institution.
If you want to marry your girlfriend you have to buy her a really nice ring. So go out and look for a ring at the different jewelers. There are many different models of diamond rings and you will need at least a week to choose something.
After the wedding comes the honeymoon. It is the time when the young family thinks only of the love and the happiness of the new beginning. Of course the love continues after the honeymoon but that is a special time for everyone.
And now we will say something about the different cultures and weddings. The Hindu weddings, for example, can last for several days. And they are very different from our weddings. The Jewish vows of marriage are very interesting. The couple signs a special contract that is called ketubah. Then they go on with the wedding ceremony.
There are much more traditions but we do not have time enough to talk about every of them.
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