|Marriage is not considered a sacrament and wedding ceremonies are civil. However, monks are often asked to bless couples at the local temple after their wedding ceremony. No notices or pre-marriage counselling is required prior to such blessing.
||A minister officiating at the marriage ceremony leads the couple in the exchange of their wedding vows. Bible readings, hymns, prayers and personalised message are normally given. Rings are exchanged and the groom usually kisses the bride at the end of the ceremony, but the most important parts of the ceremony are the exchange of vows and as with all marriages, regardless of faith, the blessing of God. (See Wedding Vows in Different Languages)
||Mantras are recited by a holy person, who leads the couple in making their seven oaths as they walk around the Havan (sacred fire). When married, the woman has a red powder mark at the parting of hair on the forehead.
||Muslim couple often do not recite vows; their attendance at the wedding is sufficient to attest their commitment to one another. However, the ceremony does include a formal proposal and a declaration that the couple accept each other. Sermons and prayers are also read during the celebrations. (See Turkish wedding vows)
||During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the couple stand under a chuppah (a special canopy), and at the end of the service a glass is broken under foot. There is a formal contract of marriage, known as a ketubbah, which is read out during the ceremony. It is customary for the bride and groom not to see each other for a week preceding the wedding. Some couples fast on the day before the wedding.
||A scarf is draped over the groom's shoulders. The bride's father takes one end of the scarf and passes it to the bride to hold, as a symbol of handing over the responsibility of his daughter to the groom. The lavan follows, which sees the couple, led by the groom, walking four times clockwise around the Guru Granth Sahib whilst still holding the scarf. The groom leads, walking ahead of the bride. Four hymns are sung during this ceremony. On completion of each hymn, the bride and groom will have fully moved around the holy book, bowed to it and sat down in front of it to listen to the next hymn. After the final hymn, flowers are showered on the newly-wedded couple.