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What is the meaning difference between a marriage and a wedding? — Surendren, India
A wedding is the ceremony or celebration at which two people are married. The word wedding is often used before another noun. Below are some examples of its use:
- They planned their wedding [=ceremony and celebration after] for June 24th, in the afternoon.
- She picked a wedding dress with lace trim.
- The wedding invitation arrived in the mail.
- Their wedding photographer did a wonderful job capturing the day.
- They will be attending two weddings next month.
- They had a wonderful time at the wedding celebrating the happy couple.
A marriage is the relationship or legal union that exists between two people. The ceremony uniting two people is also called a marriage. Below are some examples of its use:
- The priest has performed many marriages. [=he has married many people; he has joined many couples in marriage]
- They had a happy marriage.
- The couple celebrated 25 years of marriage. [=25 years of being married]
- His second marriage was much happier than his first.
- They voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
- They are related by marriage. [=they are related because one of them is married to a family member of the other.
- They had an arranged marriage.
I hope this helps.
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