Among the Christians, the “engagement ceremony” or the “betrothal ceremony” is normally
arranged soon after the process of the selection of the life-partner is over. The
engagement ceremony normally takes place at the bride’s house where the boy gives
a ring to the girl. Occasionally, if not invariably, the girl also gives a ring
to the boy in exchange for the one she receives. After this engagement the formalities
of marriage begin. These formalities include the following conditions.
- Bride and the bridegroom must provide a certificate of their membership of the church.
- They must provide a certificate relating to their character.
- Application for the marriage should be submitted to the church at least three weeks
before the date of marriage
After the fulfillment of these conditions, the churches of the bride and the bridegroom
invite written objections, if any, against the marriage from the concerned. If no
objection is received in a specified period, the marriage is held on the day fixed
for it. The Clergyman performs the marriage ceremony on the specified day in the
presence of certain witnesses. Even if the boy and the girl are getting married
in a Civil Court, they are required to go to the church to receive the blessings
of the Clergyman.
Normally, marriage ceremony takes place in the church of which the girl happens to
be the member. The Christian priest asks the bride and the bridegroom whether they
accept each other as husband and wife. Depending upon their consent he solemnizes
the marriage by asking the couple to declare in the presence of the witnesses that
“I (name), in the presence of the Almighty God and in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, do take thee (name), to be my lawful wedded wife / husband.”