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Weddings . Indonesia and the United States . Emma Espel. United States. Marriage for LOVE Groom may ask bride’s parents out of courtesy Wedding planner Bride’s family pays. Ceremonies. Bridal Shower Rehearsal Dinner Ceremony Reception *Honeymoon. The Wedding.

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emma espel

Indonesia and the United States

Emma Espel

united states
United States
  • Marriage for LOVE
  • Groom may ask bride’s parents out of courtesy
  • Wedding planner
  • Bride’s family pays
  • Bridal Shower
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • *Honeymoon
the wedding
The Wedding
  • Usually in a religious setting
  • Mainly Christian in the US
  • White wedding dress/veil
  • Religious leader
the wedding cont d
The Wedding (Cont’d)
  • The wedding party
    • Ushers, Bride’s maid, Best man, Flower girls, Ring bearer, Music
  • Wedding vows
  • Exchange of rings
  • Kiss
  • Wheat or rice
  • Guestbook
  • Food
  • Greet the couple
  • Dancing
  • Family and friends
  • Gifts from registries or money
  • Dress up
  • Some only come to the reception
  • Each clan is different!
  • Marriage symbolizes “full adult status”
  • Before the Wedding
    • Parents arrange OR
    • Marriage for love
    • Supports kinship
    • Many gift exchanges occur
java indonesia
Java, Indonesia
  • Arrangement of Marriage
    • The greater the social status, the greater chance of arranged marriage.
    • The groom’s family usually stays out of all of the organization.
    • Sometimes there is a “make-up woman,” who is like a wedding planner (Pemaes)
  • Traditional engagement
  • Bathing ceremony
  • Relatives all meet the night before at the bride’s home.
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Reception
the wedding1
The Wedding
  • The bride and groom approach each other
  • Throw bundles of betel leaves
  • Groom crushes an egg, and the bride washes his feet
  • Wedding chair
  • Couple sits on the lap of the groom’s father.
  • Then the couple sits in the chair.
wedding cont d
Wedding (cont’d)
  • Exchange of wedding rings
  • The bride gets certain gifts from the groom.
  • They eat and drink together
  • The couple kneels and the parents bless them
  • Weddings are for everyone!
  • Fancy invitations.
    • Asks not to bring flowers or gifts
  • It is an insult not to attend
  • Most people come only to the reception.
  • Guests dress nicely
  • Guests arrive at the reception after the wedding.
  • Dancers precede the couple
  • Family speeches
  • The guests greet the couple and eat
  • Alcohol and dancing are considered rude
java vs united states
Java vs. United States
  • Both have:
    • Differences across the board
    • Bride’s family does a lot of the planning
    • A wedding planner
    • Parents give away the couple
    • Wedding Rings
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United States

Full adult status at 18

No chair

Gifts from registry or money

Friends and family

Dancing, alcohol at reception

Many shorter speeches

Java vs. United States
  • Java
    • “full adult status”
    • Arranged marriage
    • Only money gifts
    • Everyone invited
    • Entertainment is dancers
    • Long speeches