As one of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church, marriage is more than a legal contract; according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The sacrament of matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church.” A marriage is sealed and strengthened by God’s love and is rooted in the divine plan of creation— the procreation and education of children in the faith.
Weddings are ceremonies steeped in tradition. When it comes to planning a wedding, many couples choose to incorporate customs into their religious ceremony that are unique to their culture. While weddings today have long abandoned ancient customs that were once popular (such as Roman brides wearing herbs under their veils as a symbol of fertility) many traditions remain.