Moonrabbit wrote:In the US, IMO, there's too much emphasis put on the trappings of the wedding and the "personalization" aspect. (I don't know how it is in other industrialized countries, or in countries where things are still more simple and traditional.)
I have noticed that many people in the Western cultures are having very personalized, sometimes elaborate weddings. You could say that it is a trend that might continue into a futuristic, sci-fi world.
But when I think about it I'm not sure that people in general are having more spectacular weddings than they used to be... perhaps in some cultures they are, but our Indian (from India) friends told us that they in India used to have wedding festivals that would last at least a week, all food and dancing and music and gifts and traditional, rich clothing and many ceremonial customs, not only for the day of the wedding but for the days before and after as well. But now, because there is more of a 'hurry', I suppose you might say, to all the holidays and celebrations, they only have the wedding day, and sometimes another celebration and ceremony on the night before.
So I don't know that there would be any worldwide change to marriage customs in the future. It seems to me that they will still end up doing it differently in different places, but with more variety, perhaps, because of more technology (like the people that tweeted 'I do.' o.0).
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