Wedding Traditions Around the World

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Have you ever wondered what weddings are like in other cultures? Perhaps you're planning a wedding of your own and want to incorporate some of your own cultural or religious traditions, but don't know where to begin. Maybe you've been invited to a traditional, culture- or religion-specific wedding and want to ensure you understand the ceremony and etiquette, or are searching for unique ideas for your own ceremony.

You can perform your own internet searches, but with the vast amount of information out there – much of which does not agree or coincide – it could take hours to research it all, and may end in frustration or confusion.

This course will introduce you to many wedding traditions around the world, including courtship, engagement, pre-wedding requirements and rituals, the actual wedding ceremony, and wedding attire. Among the many topics covered in this course, we'll explore wedding traditions from Asian, European, and African cultures as well as western traditions and influences, unusual weddings, and the costs involved in hosting a wedding. In our final lesson, we'll also discuss the multi-billion dollar bridal industry, which includes diamond engagement rings.

This course provides an excellent overview of a wide variety of wedding customs and traditions around the world, together in fourteen lessons. Whether needing personal information or looking for a course on wedding traditions for professional reasons, you're sure to find "Weddings around the World" interesting and helpful.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Lesson 1: An Overview of Common Wedding Traditions

In this course, we will present a detailed (but by no means complete!) overview of weddings past and present, and some ideas on what the future of weddings may hold. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Wedding Traditions of American, Native American, Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish, and French-Canadian Cultures

Weddings in the 21st century are evolving. Some brides choose ceremonies and attire based on older traditions of their own culture or religious beliefs, others incorporate unique locations and traditions into a more traditional ceremony. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Native American Weddings; Amish Weddings; Canadian Wedding Traditions
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Wedding Customs in Indian Cultures

Indian weddings are anything but basic! Lasting anywhere from three days to a week, they are elaborate affairs, complete with lavish parties and traditions which must be strictly adhered to. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Canadian Wedding Traditions; Hindu Wedding Information
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Weddings in Island Cultures

This lesson will explore the traditions of various island cultures. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 5 Articles: The Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony; Jamaican Wedding Traditions; Cuban Wedding Traditions; Indonesia Wedding Traditions; Filipino Wedding Traditions
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Weddings in Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Greenland

Some of the most unique and remote places in the world are Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Greenland. The indigenous people of these places are hearty folk with their own unique traditions. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Wedding Traditions in Australia and New Zealand
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Weddings in South American Cultures and Mexico

South American and Mexican weddings have flavors all their own. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Latin and Mexican Wedding
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Weddings in Asian Cultures

This lesson will explore wedding traditions in a few of the Asian cultures. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Traditional Japanese Wedding; Chinese Wedding Traditions; Wedding Tradition in Tibet
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Weddings in Cultures of Romance Languages

In this lesson, well discuss France, Portugal, and Spain. Italy and Romania will be covered in the next lesson, along with an overview of Medieval wedding customs in Europe. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: French Wedding Traditions; Portuguese Wedding Traditions; Spanish Weddings
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Wedding Traditions in Other Parts of Europe

European countries often have the same, or similar, origins, beliefs, and practices. This lesson will compare traditions between several European countries. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Medieval Wedding Traditions; History of Weddings: From the Middle Ages to the Present
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Wedding Tradition in African Cultures

African cultures are unique, colorful, and diverse. They are perhaps some of the most interesting cultures in the world. This lesson will explore some of their wedding traditions. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: African Wedding
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Judeo-Christian Religious and Orthodox Wedding Ceremonies

In this lesson, we'll explore wedding ceremonies of specific Judeo-Christian religious traditions. Because this lesson is focused on the actual ceremonial practices of religious marriages, we will not be discussing receptions/after-parties. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Modern Variations On Judeo-Christian Wedding Customs
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Traditions of Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Libya

Due to the country's location, Turkish ceremonies and customs reflect influences from both Western and Eastern traditions. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Marriage And Wedding Traditions In Turkey; Egyptian Marriage Customs of the Past and Present; Greek Weddings and Traditions; Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia Cultural Traditions
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Unique Modern Ceremonies

A great number of people in today's society are opting for non-traditional wedding ceremonies. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: The Modern Side of Weddings: the Good, the Bad, and the Expensive

Now that we've studied various wedding customs in a wide variety of cultures, it's time to delve into the financial, commercial, and stressful aspects of modern weddings. 99 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Complete: Exam 14
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Wedding Traditions Around the World
Course Number: 8900353
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructors
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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