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Wedding Customs

A wedding is just one of the many events which families celebrate and also can be both a personal and religious occasion. Other family celebrations include birth, baptism, birthdays and anniversaries, on most of these occasions there is always ‘the cake’. There are many wedding traditions and customs which are still observed today. ‘Each culture, religious, national, and ethnic group have their own unique traditions surrounding marriage and the wedding ceremony’.





Australia has many wedding traditions which have been developed and followed by many generations. Weddings have ‘rigidified and codified not just (the) marriage ritual, but notions of masculinity and femininity as well’. In the face of enormous social change, the ideal of the white wedding has survived relatively unscathed in twentieth century Australia…The White wedding began to shift from a matter of fashion, performed by a minority, to a precise and compelling set of notions about right and proper behaviour for men and women, and society at large. In the past white represented a virgin or pure bride, today white is worn by the bride as a symbol of tradition. ‘Wedding fashions have changed over the years, but the white bridal gown is a perennial feature’. Wedding customs are were influenced by social conditions, location, life styles, religion and others. Wedding photos act as a memento of that special day which represents the start of a new life together with the one you love. Wedding photos may be displayed later in the married couples home. Sometimes a family bible was given as wedding present this is common in the 1870s – 1900s. Many of these bibles have survived and are a great source for family historians.


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