Toronto is a fantastic melting pot of many diverse cultures. Each of these cultures has its own traditions when it comes to wedding vows, whether they are religious or cultural. In fact, in some cultures wedding vows are not recited at all.
Islam: It is quite common that no vows are spoken by either the bride or groom. Instead they listen to the imam, or cleric, talk about the meaning of marriage and the couple’s responsibilities to each other and to their god, Allah.
Orthodox Judaism: The bride does not recite the vows. It is only the groom who recites wedding vows.
Russian Orthodox: In many branches of the Russian Orthodox Church, the wedding vows take the form of silent prayer. The bride and groom silently promise to be loyal and loving.
Pakistan: Vows are not exchanged until the third day of festivities.
Japan: The families, not the couple, face each other while the bride and groom exchange wedding vows.
Hindu: The bride and groom together take the sapta-padi, or seven steps. Each step represents a promise that the bride and groom make to each other.
The one thing that each of these traditions has in common is that the bride and groom pledge themselves to the other. The word wed is derived from the ancient Greek word for pledge. No matter what wedding vows the bride and groom recite, if any, they are solemnizing their marriage according to their religions and traditions. In any culture, love makes the world go round!