The Wedding Ceremony is always a special moment for everyone that be supposed to be only in their lifetime. The meaning of the ceremonial is common to share their happiness to with their close families and friends. What is making a difference? The culture involves that make perspective to prepare wedding or the way to do it. I had the experience to know about the wedding in Western culture when my native friend from the United States (US) who was getting married several years ago. Three highlights that make them different between the US and Indonesia are sending cards, giving a gift, and accompanying from bridesmaids or groomsmen.
Sending cards are quite standard for western people compare to eastern one. When my friend got married, I got three cards from the US was bridal shower card, wedding invitation card, and thank you card. Although recently many young people follow to do bridal shower, they never actually sending a card, most of them just invite by sending a text message via WhatsApp or let you know by mobile phone. And the last one is the thank you card to show their appreciation to you, for example sending a gift to the couples. Compared to my country, Indonesia, I ever just got and only wedding invitation card. We are rarely to say thank you for sending a card.
Giving a gift is the second difference between two cultures. When I got the wedding invitation card, I saw there was information about the blog of the couples. When I saw it, mostly it explained the story of the couples and their close friends. One thing is the most important information was the links that inform you the gifts that couple would be like to have it for example glass, plates or cooking pan. If other guests already purchased it, you need to find another thing that they still did not give away. In Indonesia, we rarely to gift things except sometimes close family give the gold jewelry. Most of them, usually give the money in the sealed envelope. And guests can give any money depend on their efforts, but mostly there are minimum amounts among their circles of society.
The third one is accompanying from bridesmaids or groomsmen. Although it is getting popular these days, not many of the couples will have many bridesmaid or groomsmen beside them. If they have it, maybe they just have it only one to three. From the several movies that I watched, bridesmaids have the most important one to help the preparation of the wedding until the day. In my country, Indonesia although several couples still use it, they just need the bridesmaid help on the ceremony day.
The way of the preparation of the wedding ceremony can differ from one culture to the other one such as sending cards, giving a gift and accompanying from bridesmaid or groomsmen. Otherwise, the essence of the event is the same is to enjoy their unforgettable moment once in a lifetime with their loved one. The differences between them enrich our knowledge and growing our respect of differential culture. It is a momentum to learn other cultures and appreciate diversity.