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Difference between “marriage” and “wedding”

Wedding = The ceremony

  • I’m going to my cousin’s wedding on October 7.
  • We want to have a band at our wedding reception.
  • The wedding will be at the church, and the reception will be at a restaurant.

Marriage = The relationship in general, or the institution in society

  • My parents have a strong marriage. They’ve been together for 35 years.
  • New York has just legalized gay marriage.
  • Over 40% of marriages end in divorce.

Married = Describes the status of a person

  • My sister isn’t married. She’s single.
  • I’ve been married for 5 years.

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