Marriage is an important institution and applies equally wherever you are in the world. However, a marriage of convenience cannot immediately be recognised as having a foundation based on love. Marriages that are consensual by both parties and based on their love for each other are more meaningful than any other form of marriage and that will apply to anywhere in the world. In some cultures marriage is such a major event that celebrating can go on for days and even weeks. Giving yourself up to someone is not to be taken lightly.
Marriage is more than a relationship although it is a partnership, based on what some might say is a contract of agreement. The marriage vows represent the basis of the contract and both parties agree to abide by it until death. Of course we all know that these days divorce is a relatively easy option should everything not work out.