Traditional Wedding Analysis

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This weekend, Edna and George Appiah are getting married. The couple met 4 years ago in Toronto, Ontario. They have been dating for a year and have been courting for three years. After 3 years of saving up, George was finally able to save up to buy Edna’s dowry from her parents. George went to his mother to tell his mother that he was ready to marry Edna as is customary in the Akan tradition. His mother then told his father and George’s father was able look into Edna’s family to determine if there was anything that was unsatisfactory. After finding nothing bad about Edna’s past or her family, George, along with his father and older family members ask Edna’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The bride’s family then does their own investigation…show more content…
George is then allowed to kiss and hug her. An elder in the room then gives the couple marriage advice. After the traditional wedding the couple can choose whether they want to have a church wedding or not. Edna and George have decided to have a church wedding the day after the traditional wedding. Their traditional marriage s held on Saturday July 11th and the church wedding is the day after on Sunday July 12th. The church wedding is the goes in the same order as a wedding would in the western world. The church is decorated with royal blue and white drapes and flowers. All bridesmaids dresses are royal blue with a sash and the groomsmen suits are black with a royal blue tie. After the wedding, comes the reception which is completely different. First the couple along with their bridal party enter the reception hall and this is called their first entrance. The couple dance with their bridal party and are seated. Then there are speeches made by the bride’s parents and grooms…show more content…
After the second entrance, the dance floor is opened for the rest of the night. Guests are invited to go outside the hall to give their gifts to the couple. Gifts are taken in forms of cash. The guests put down their name and number and the amount of cash that they gave the couple down on a paper so that the couple may be able to call and give thanks to them. There is an unspoken minimum of giving $30 dollars in Canada and there is no maximum. The money is to help the couple start a new life. After Edna and George’s honeymoon they make sure to call all guests that gave them money. It could take hours calling 100+ people but it is a courtesy. They are hoping to start their family soon after they get married seeing as they are both established in their careers and feel that they are ready to start having children. The couple will have a traditional marriage that includes one man and one woman together as husband and wife. After having their first child, it is customary for the bride’s mother to come live with the couple in order to come help her daughter. If the bride’s mother is not alive, the groom’s mother would have to take over. We wish Edna and George the best in their

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