Use the words ‘Wedding’ and ‘Marriage’ interchangeably.

This may not be specific to just Indians, but so far I’ve only seen Indians use them incorrectly.

A wedding is a collective name used for all the ceremonies and rituals that take place to give social acceptance to the relationship between two people, whereas marriage is the name of a life long institution, which starts after the 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.

Therefore, “You are invited to my wedding.” is correct and “You are invited to my marriage” is incorrect usage. So, the next time when someone invites you for their marriage (read ‘wedding’)