The 13 Rituals of a Hindu Ceremony and 8 Different Kinds of Ceremonies
Some interesting stories posted on the Hinduism pages at About.com.
Hinduism guide Subhamoy Das points out that "Hindus are among the most married societies in the world" and explains the 13 rituals that form the foundation of a Vedic wedding ceremony. The traditions are so fascinating and moreso when you understand what each ritual means. Read more.
He also explains the eight different kinds of ceremonies, historically. Some of these traditions are scary -- because they are forced. But the list includes a marriage between two adults who choose each other and also some of the more typical scenerios, such as:
The Rite of Brahmana (Brahma): "Where the father of the bride invites a man learned in the Vedas and a good conduct, and gives his daughter in marriage to him after decking her with jewels and costly garments."
And the Rite of the Rishis (Arsha): "when the father gives away his daughter after receiving a cow and a bull from the bridegroom."
Check out the others at Hinduism.About.Com.