being unmarried, an individual may have fewer responsibilities or expectations about getting married from themselves, society, or their families, and may not cohabitate or have children.
In the liminary stage, rituals usher the individual through transformation. Many forms of separation occur between the individual, their partner, and the families throughout the transformation. As the ceremony begins, the individual sits between the two positions, unmarried and married. The rituals within the ceremony and acts following it, such as the first dance, complete the transformation, removing the separation that was established prior to the ceremony as the families and people on both sides celebrate together.
At the conclusion of the wedding and all the rituals it encompases, the individual now has the status of being married. This status comes with it’s own social structures such as, the expectations of starting a family and settling down.