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Delta Flyer marked with "Just Married"

"We are going to be together a long time."
"Yes. That is the point of marriage, I suppose."
"Marriage is the greatest adventure of them all. It's filled with pitfalls and setbacks and mistakes, but it's a journey worth taking because you take it together."
"All I know is that any marriage where the female is allowed to speak and wear clothing is doomed to failure."
"And during our marriage I've won more than my fair share of battles. But in the end, I know she will win the war."

A marriage, or matrimony, was a legally or culturally recognized bond between two or more spouses. In many cultures, marriage could be celebrated through a wedding ceremony. The dissolution of a marriage was known as a divorce or annulment. A subsequent marriage, after the death of a spouse or the dissolution of a previous marriage, was known as a remarriage.

Marriages on Vulcan were arranged during childhood. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

In 2268, the joining of amnesiac Captain James T. Kirk and the tribal priestess, Miramanee, of Amerind on their joining day was believed to mean the end of darkness, and a time for joy for all the tribe as Kirk was viewed as a god for his earlier resuscitation of a boy. After walking the holy path, Kirk married Miramanee inside the earth lodge. Eventually, a storm of wind and thunder led to Amerind inhabitants needing Kirk to enter "the Temple" to rouse the temple spirit. Unable to do so revealed Kirk to be a false god to the inhabitants who then become violent and threw stones, which resulted in the death of Miramanee, leaving Kirk a widower. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")

In Taresian culture, the term "joined" was used for the practice apparently coinciding with what Humans called marriage. (VOY: "Favorite Son")

Alyssa Ogawa revealed to Beverly Crusher, that Andrew Powell asked her to marry him in 2370. (TNG: "Lower Decks")

On some planets, meeting the parents was a precursor to marriage. (ENT: "Unexpected")

The mistress of a Klingon Great House must approve all marriages. (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")

A proper Denobulan marriage typically involves more than two people, nor were considered exclusive. (ENT: "Doctor's Orders", "Bounty")

Human marriages were typically between one woman and one man. (VOY: "Favorite Son") The case, however, of the Mariposans and Bringloidi, and their need for a large genetic base to survive, meant that each woman, from both groups, had to have at least three children by three different men. It also meant that monogamous marriages would not be possible for several generations. (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

Harry Kim's statement in "Favorite Son" that Human marriages were usually one woman with one man seems to suggest that other configurations exist, but are somewhat rare. In TNG: "Family", Louis casually remarks that he married both of the Bloom sisters, although he retained the marriage to only one of them. Individuals in same-sex marriages were also later seen, for instance Paul Stamets and Hugh Culber.

A standard Ferengi marriage contract lasted five years, after which spouses may extend the contract if they decide to stay together. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

The threat of the Xindi destroying Earth resulted in a spike on the planet in both marriages and births. (ENT: "Home")

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Background information

According to a dialogue in the deleted scene 2 of DS9: "Defiant", a Tholian ambassador aboard Deep Space 9 reported that someone broke into his quarters during the night and stole three cases of latinum which was meant to be the dowry for his wedding. [1]

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