Marriage vs. Wedding


A marriage is a long term relationship between two individuals. A wedding, on the other hand, is the ceremony of getting married.

Therefore, You are invited to my wedding. is correct and You are invited to my marriage. is incorrect usage.

Their marriage was a disaster. implies that the couple was not happy in their life together and are probably separated or divorced. On the other hand, Their wedding was a disaster. implies that something happened during the wedding and that the ceremony did not go smoothly. The couple can go on to have a long and happy marriage even after a disastrous wedding.

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Definition Marriage is the social contract and institution under which a couple live together (usually monogamously) for the rest of their lives. A wedding is the act, ceremony or event of getting married.
Duration Lifelong or until dissolved by divorce or death of spouse. Usually a few hours.

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Comments: Marriage vs Wedding

Anonymous comments (6)

December 18, 2013, 12:05pm

Thanks for the explanation

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July 29, 2013, 12:22pm

Thanks for the very good and simple explanation which made us not to make the mistake in the wedding card which I am sure many have made and still make.

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June 23, 2013, 2:46pm

Thanks for explanation.

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June 7, 2013, 6:03am

Very good explanation, I was in the impression of both are same but now I realized that both have different meanings

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January 31, 2013, 5:55pm

"till death"

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December 18, 2012, 6:49pm

Excellent explanation.

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