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Love is Blind

Marriage comes with expectations, and with society changing so fast, these are increasingly hard to fulfill. Vu Ha Kim Vy looks at the pressure faced by modern-day couples in the face of tradition

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My Wedding

The countryside wedding, the city wedding, nuptials in the mountains and the Western-style wedding. Three couples tell us about their wedding experiences. Compiled by Vu Ha Kim Vy and Nick Ross

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Wedding Magic

 

To act out those once-in-a-lifetime wedding day fantasies, many couples ask for help. Cue, centre stage, the wedding planners. Photos by Kyle Phanroy

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The Stages of a Vietnamese Wedding

Getting married in Vietnam has two parts. The paperwork — all marriages are regarded as civil weddings — and the actual wedding itself. Despite the glitz, bling and razzmatazz of the receptions, most weddings still maintain a sense of tradition. Words by Vu Ha Kim Vy

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Til Death Do Us Part

The first recorded marriage was 4,350 years ago. By that time, wedding bands were already in use, as were dowries. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have started using rings in 2800BC, while the first written record of a ‘marriage payment’ was 200 years earlier. Yet it wasn’t until 1840 that the white wedding dress was popularized. We can blame one of the world’s longest reigning monarchs, Queen Victoria, for that one. She wore a white wedding gown on her marriage to Albert.

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The Tuk Tuk Driver

Bien, a friend of mine, recently asked me if knew anyone who could help him move his belongings to a new place. “I don’t know anyone,” I said, “but I’ll send you some contacts of some tuk tuk drivers that I know.”

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