old school wedding in australia
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Today we want to bring you to the southern hemisphere, on a visit to the red continent. Koalas, kangaroos and many other wild animals! You will understand, we are heading to Australia.
This land of diverse wonderful landscapes is known for being more than a dream and surprise each of its visitors.
If you had to assign an adjective to the Australian wedding, it would be “multicultural” probably the one that best fits. Indeed, the majority of marriages are multiethnic and many tourists choose this exotic destination to renew their vows.
In this article, we will focus on the history of marriage as the ceremony itself is very close to ours.
The history of marriage
Australia is a former British territory and colony, so it is no coincidence that its people are known for not express their feelings that much. Thus, the history of Australians and marriage has never always been perfect…
End of the 18th century, the country was predominantly male. Convicts and settlers lived in a wild world without delicacy. The women were mostly British prisoners convicted of petty theft. So the men had little respect for them. The only way out of these women was to have a relationship with a man of power or to get married with the first guy they could find to escape bondage.
We can therefore say that until 1840, men have only seen the woman as a maid and a sex object in this country.
The Victorian period
The arrival of new settlers and the institution of installation have changed the vision of marriage in this country, new generations adhered to it.
Meanwhile, women’s status was slowly changing. They were now considered as a virtuous wife and mother. It is also important to note that in 1894, Australian women won the right to vote. Australia was the first country to give the right to vote to women …
The Roaring Twenties
The twentieth century began, work and stress were driving down the birth rate. Authorities were concerned but ended up realising that the Australian family was meant to be smaller than in the past.
The World War and the economic crisis placed the Australian men in a strange situation. They were depressed, easily found work and had not much to say at home.
This dug a new gap between women and men down under.
After the Second World War
This painful period reinforced the image of marriage and the family.
In the 60s, abundance and an easier way of life shaker the traditional Australian values.
The average age of marriage rose, and in 1975, the Family Law Act facilitated divorce. Cohabitation was therefore spread naturally.
This last point can give a sad image of the Australian marriage, yet the number of marriages has been stable since the 50s!
The Wedding Ceremony
The wedding ceremony is fairly standard. Depending on the beliefs of the couple, it can take place in a Catholic church, Anglican or other place.
The Australian wedding is very close to the European one especially here in UK, the only difference is that if the couple is united within the church faith, they may sign the register there. It is therefore not necessary to perform a civil marriage.
The Wedding day
On arrival at the church, the bridesmaids come before the bride. Girls have identical dresses and walk very slowly. You could almost believe you are in the middle of a movie. Then, the star of the day entered TADAAAA. She is wearing a white dress and carries her bouquet.
After this dramatic entrance, space is made for songs, scripture readings, preaching and the exchange of vows takes place. Tradition is that the priest asks the parents of the couple to bless the union. When done, he asks a question to the audience. “Family, friends, you are witnesses of these vows. Will you do everything in your power to support the couple in their marriage? “The congregation responds in unison” I will, “which means, that they are approving the union.
To conclude, the newly weds and witnesses sign the various registers with their passeports and pose for photographs.
Based on budgets, a drink or an evening in a hall following the ceremony is organised.