Culture Clash: The Proposal (First Draft)

Apparently a tradition at Japanese weddings. T...

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Subject Area:

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=london&iid=285687″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”237″ /] We aim to explore the traditions within weddings and rituals of different cultures. We will be focusing our attentions on the people of London as it is one of the most diverse cities in the world in terms of culture. “London is the most linguistically diverse city on Earth” (The Times, 22nd January, 2000, p.8). There is evidence to suggest that some 307 languages were spoken by London schoolchildren in 2008. We want to know what marriage means and represents for you.

Same-sex marriage, civil partnerships.

The rituals in some weddings differ to those in others. Offering of a gift in some cultures; receiving gifts in others. Dowry* or pre-nuptual agreements.

Proposing: in certain cultures you are marrying the individual and in others you are marrying the whole family.

Ceremonies: some last one day whereas others can go on for several weeks.

Wedding garments: from traditional suits and white dresses (signifying purity/chastity) ranging from white to red etc…

Weddings differ depending on social surroundings, religions and cultures.
[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=wedding&iid=7277289″ src=”″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] “In Asia, red symbolizes luck, prosperity, and happiness. In European traditions, the color red may also be a symbol for love, lust, passion, and power.

* Property or payment given by a wife or her family to a husband at the time of marriage. (In some cultures, it is the husband who pays the dowry to the wife’s family).

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How Will We Shoot the Documentary?

Our initial idea was to create a documentary that focused on three different weddings from three different religions that were all based in one city (London). Our idea progressed over time and we decided to explore the possibility of shooting our documentary in a ‘vox pop’ style. The vox pop style of film making aims to capture and ‘provide a snapshot of public opinion’. We will ask simple, open-ended questions such as ‘what does marriage mean to you’, ‘what would the bride and groom traditionally wear’ and so on.


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