Textbook: the family dynamic a canadian perspective fifth edition. Big business - . 5 billion annually in canada. 1987 - ,000 in costs per wedding (engagement ring included) Both government and society at large have a stake at marriage. Parliament responsible for legal definition of marriage, provinces responsible for licensing and registering. Ceremony has two functions: 1) public acknowledgement and 2) ritual marking change in status. Traditions from the past father giving away bride, groom gives ring leftovers from arranged marriages where bride was considered property. Until 1797 only anglican and roman catholic clergy could conduct legal marriages in upper canada. Time of year weddings occur relate to social factors. Example 1939 double peak in marriages during. June and september agricultural basis of canadian society. Social, economic and political factors determine age of newlyweds. Early years of wwii younger people married increasingly fearing uncertainty of war.