I'm sure we all have experience of weddings, whether they be our own, ones we have attended or had a role in, or even those we have witnessed in popular culture or on the television. But does a wedding ceremony mean the same to everyone? Do we all follow the same customs and traditions around the globe?
The dictionary definition of a wedding, according to Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary is a marriage ceremony and the meal, party or festivities that usually follow or accompany it. But is that the same across the globe? We will all have our own ideas on what a wedding ceremony constitutes and this will differ between person to person, across different cultures, nations and has altered and evolved over time. Every wedding will have aspects different to others whether they take place in the same town, or on the other side of the globe with wide variations in traditions, superstitions, customs, attire and etiquette.
Just how long has the institution of marriage been around for, and has it always involved a wedding ceremony, particularly as we know it today?
I think there is a lot more to learn about the history of the wedding ceremony and it's many representations across the globe.
So buckle in, we are about to go on a whistle stop tour of the wedding! And let's not forget a very important aspect, wedding gifts!