Abstract：Marriage is an enormous thing in everyone’s life. Wherever it happens, wedding is a festive thing. Just like China with a long history and America with rapid development, although there are many differences in wedding cultures, they all carry with love and best wishes. With the development of economic globalization, the communication between China and America deepens day by day. To some extent, wedding cultures reflects the cultures of the two countries; therefore, learning Chinese and American wedding cultures becomes more and more important. This dissertation analyses and discusses the differences of wedding cultures between China and America from various aspects. It also makes us further understand the cultural causes of the differences. It is beneficial for us to realize the cultures and customs of the two countries and avoid cultural misunderstanding and conflicts.
Key words：Chinese wedding; American wedding; the differences of wedding culture,; different cultural causes
As what I have mentioned above, we can see that each of the two countries’ wedding cultures has its uniqueness, which all show in the two films. They form their own characteristics with their long-term development of the historical process. Culture of a country reflects people’s life, records people’s activities and it is the accumulation of history, the life needs of the people. So when it comes to planning a wedding, one of the biggest cultures, people often honor traditions, even if they do not entirely understand their origin or meaning. Every culture cherishes its own wedding traditions and they show the special characteristics of a country.