Many cultures around the world have different rules for marriage, but the white wedding that Ghanaians have taken up has different rules elsewhere even though we’ve modified it for ourselves.
A dowry used to be paid to the man by the bride’s family, and in other jurisdictions it’s not uncommon for a lady’s father to pay for the wedding. But in Ghana, everything has been turned on its head and the man has to provide everything, including the ‘bride price’.
Speaking on marriage, the Counselor of the Pentecost University College (PUC), Elder Amos Kevin-Annan, has suggested new rules for weddings in Ghana.
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According to him, it’s unfair for the man to buy the wedding gown and the ring to be put on his hand, arguing it should be other people’s responsibilities.
“It is not fair for a man to buy the wedding gown of his would-be wife because it is the responsibility of the woman’s father,” Elder Amos said.
“Again, it is unfair for the groom to buy the ring the bride will put on his hand as the token of her love for him. The woman must prove her love by buying her would-be husband the ring as well”.
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He was speaking during a ‘Singles Summit’ held in Accra.
“Marriage is a school where one starts with his or her certificate in hand; whether you succeed or fail depends on the foundation you lay,” he added.