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tokala asked in Family & RelationshipsWeddings · 1 decade ago

what is the diference between "wedding" and "marriage" ?


Thanks for all those answers !

In fact, I'm married.

But I was confused about those 2 words because in french (I'm French) there is only one word : "mariage" means "marriage" and also "wedding". Sometimes we way "cérémonie du mariage" ( = marriage ceremony) in order to say wedding, but we don't have a proper word.

By the way, shauna, I answered your survey.

15 Answers

  • Lydia
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The wedding is the ceremony of marriage. It doesn't mean the big traditional celebration as opposed to being married by a jp or at a courthouse - it's both, and everything in between.

    Some people say they got married one date and had the wedding another date. That is WRONG. The date of the ceremony - the date of the marriage taking place - IS the wedding. Maybe they had the reception or a party at another date, but that doesn't change the date of the wedding.

    Very good question - I know from reading lots of the questions lately that a lot of the brides-to-be seem confused about the terms.

  • 1 decade ago

    A wedding is a ceremony that takes place to make a couple legally married. A marriage is a relationship between the couple after the wedding has taken place.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The wedding is the actual ceremony in which two people become married. The marriage is the relationship between the two married people. You can have a great wedding and a horrible marriage!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wed·ding –noun 1. the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.

    2. the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.

    3. the act or an instance of blending or joining, esp. opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.

    4. Business Slang. a merger.

    mar·riage–noun 1. the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.

    2. the state, condition, or relationship of being married; wedlock: a happy marriage.

    3. the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of a man and woman to live as husband and wife, including the accompanying social festivities: to officiate at a marriage.

    4. a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife, without legal sanction: trial marriage; homosexual marriage.

    5. any close or intimate association or union: the marriage of words and music in a hit song.

    6. a formal agreement between two companies or enterprises to combine operations, resources, etc., for mutual benefit; merger.

    7. a blending or matching of different elements or components: The new lipstick is a beautiful marriage of fragrance and texture.

    8. Cards. a meld of the king and queen of a suit, as in pinochle. Compare royal marriage.

    9. a piece of antique furniture assembled from components of two or more authentic pieces.

    10. Obsolete. the formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock.

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  • 1 decade ago

    ya marriage is the whole commitment that you want to make to each other and the ups and downs that comes with it. A wedding is the event in which you make the vows and have a ceremony.

  • oj
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The wedding is the one day party. The marriage is the relationship that begins with the wedding and carries on.

  • 1 decade ago

    Marriage is where you actually say your vows and commit a lifetime to each other. Wedding is the celebration/party you have where you invite family/friends to join in the celebration with you. I got married 7/19/04 and had my wedding 9/18/04. There was a "marriage" date and a "wedding" date. We celebrated both dates each year.

  • 1 decade ago

    Wedding is the commitment ceremony and the marriage is the commitment

  • 1 decade ago

    Wedding is the celebration, ceremony, etc. Marriage is the lifetime commitment

  • 1 decade ago

    Wedding refers to the ceremony of saying your vows, marriage is the actual relationship of keeping your vows.

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