Matthew 19:6 says, “And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.” Is it only in the church that God joins couples?
In Nigeria, we have three legally approved weddings:
- Registry marriage often called court marriage. This can either be celebrated in the registry office or in a registered church.
- Customary marriage (traditional marriage)
- Islamic marriage
However, most people do not regard a couple as married until they have done traditional marriage rites especially paying bride price.
For Christians, most people do not regard a couple as married until they have done church wedding and paid the bride price (and other marriage rites).
Why can’t a couple just do registry marriage alone without having to do traditional marriage?
Registry marriage can be celebrated in the church. Why do couples celebrate registry marriage in the registry and still do church wedding?
Should church marriage be a legally approved marriage (that is stated in the constitution)?
What do you think about the many wedding ceremonies in Nigeria?