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Photo gallery: weddings from around the world

Ceremonies and traditions differ, but one thing remains true across all cultures: weddings are extravagant, no-holds-barred events.

A bride and groom stand during a mass wedding ceremony of more than 100 couples in Virar, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India on January 29.
A bride and groom stand during a mass wedding ceremony of more than 100 couples in Virar, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India on January 29.

With romance on the minds of many as Valentine's Day nears, we look at wedding ceremonies from around the world. Although cultures differ, the customs of fine dress, lavish celebration and traditional rites prove common.