A wedding is an occasion where two individuals are legally joined in matrimony by signing legally binding contracts known as wedding contracts. There are different wedding contracts for men and women. The person entering into a wedding contract is called a wedding celebrant. Wedding traditions and laws vary widely between countries, cultures, religious groups, and different societies. Each culture has its own wedding traditions, beliefs, customs, legalities, rules, and ritual procedures.
Weddings are joyous events for couples, but the planning of such an event can be a hectic affair. While some couples look forward to their weddings with excitement, others seem to dread them. Couples need to work out details such as names of the bride and groom, date of the wedding, where to hold it, guests to be invited, the duration of the wedding, what ceremony they will have, decorations to be used, etc. While all these details may seem trivial, they are actually important factors to consider seriously. Such wedding preparations not only add to the cost and disbursement of money, they also occupy a lot of time for the couple.
The best way to save time and avoid significant disbursements is to let the wedding planner to handle all aspects of the wedding ceremony and reception. There are professional wedding planners whose services a couple can hire to assist them in all aspects of planning a wedding. Such wedding planners can take care of the bride and groom’s outfits, custom-made gowns, tuxedos and suits, personal assistants, caterers, floral arrangements, photography, video, DJ sets, etc. In short, they become a one-stop shop for all wedding expenses.
Apart from the wedding ceremony, it is also important to consider decorating the venue appropriately. Since the wedding guests will arrive at the venue after arriving in their cars, it would be impractical to leave all the car lights on. Also, since they have arrived by different days, it may turn out to be very hot or very cold during the ceremony and reception. A pre-wedding cocktail party, held just before the wedding, can address some of these issues.
Hindu weddings usually take place in the evening. In Hindu ceremonies, a fire is lit as a symbol of illumination and prosperity. This function may either be performed individually by the couple or by the family members of the bride and groom. The actual ceremony of the Hindu wedding can vary depending on the wishes of both the families. There are many Hindu wedding rituals that vary based on the age and the preference of the bride and groom, such as the exchange of garlands, aarti, and pujas.
Other than the above rituals, there are also several customs that vary based on religion and region. Christian and Jewish weddings are marked by readings from the bible and special customs such as exchanging rings. Muslim weddings also have their own set of prescribed readings. All these customs, as well as the specifics of each religion, will depend entirely on the beliefs of the couple and their personal preferences.