Sometimes the "X" includes a giant bow or flower, though not in this picture.), as opposed to Marriage in modern China, is a ceremonial ritual within Chinese societies that involve a union between spouses, sometimes established by pre-arrangement between families.
Within Chinese culture, romantic love and monogamy was the norm for most citizens.
Socially, the married couple is thought to be the basic unit of society.
This implies that the wedding ceremony is performed in the evening, which is deemed as a time of fortune.
Similarly, 姻 (pinyin: yīn) has the same pronunciation as 因 (pinyin: yīn).
Wedding rituals and customs often varied by region because of China's extensive and rich history.
This is generally why having a boy is more preferred than a girl when giving birth.
Therefore, the benefits and demerits of any marriage are important to the entire family, not just the individual couples.