What would marriage ceremonies look like if men had their way?
Most weddings, when it comes down to it, are pretty much the same. The bride wears white, or maybe cream. The groom wears a suit, uncomfortably, and gives the impression that it’s the first time in his life he’s met this novel form of attire. The groomsmen follow suit (pun intended).
The ceremony itself features readings of either the passage from Corinthians (“Love is patient, love is kind”), The Prophet (“Let love be a moving sea, etc, etc”), Shakespeare (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”), or, in some cases, all three. Then you get the same speeches, the same meal, and more or less the same music afterwards.
This sameness arises, I feel, from two factors: the need to satisfy a wide range of views, among parents, friends and wedding organisers, as to what makes for a good marriage; and the way in which the ideal of the perfect marriage, and all its traditional trappings, is drummed into every young girl from an early age.
Read the rest of the article here: FishHead – Weddings – September 2012