a matchmaker/”introduce” option is needed
a) if we are playing Chinese/ African families how about we have Astronomers (NPCs and non NPCs) which the Chinese parents (or the bride or bridegroom) could contact to see what day/date would be in their favour for a wedding.
b) the betrothal could be either when your child is a baby/toddler or when he/she is a child.

2)well you could play it 2 ways 1)well the groom or bride to be (depends on which gender the betrothed child is-the opposite gender of child of your sims’) leaves the fam. to live with the other family (in other words-your sims’ family)

Since the first point in part two of the originally post is NOT hinting at child bride or child grooms-that’s a totally different thing. The child bride/groom leave their family to lives in the same house with their future husband/wife but everyone just treats him/her as a member of the family and than when both the betrothed parties are teens they bride- or groom to be goes back to their family until they are YAs when the actual marriage will happen.. 2) The two don’t meet until they are either children or teenagers. They don’t actually get married until YA stage

3)Well you can decide to break off the betrothal at any age. or continue it (yes the said betrothal parties can decide to “run after someone else”.)

“Arranged marriages have existed since ancient times” “But in areas in the world where arranged marriages are practiced (such as India), they seem as natural as the idea of “falling in love” seems to us.”


got this off of somewhere can’t remember where:

“Point of clarification: it is unfortunate that arranged marriages are taken in a negative light by western societies. This is attributed to a lack of knowledge about the whole concept of arranged marriages.


Not all these marriages are forced. Parents ensure that their sons and daughters are satisfied with their parents’ choices. The children’ consent is vital, and should a prospective partner be refused, parents will simply have to find another suitable choice. A courtship period is also allowed by certain cultures, and in more modern societies like India, the couple is encouraged to go out on dates so they can get to know each other better.”

In an arranged marriage, the father knows that he wants to get someone for his daughter that will not only be a good match, but who is dependable, honest, and will be able to support the family. He will essentially research the possibilities, consider the strengths and weaknesses of potential husbands, and ultimately make a deal with someone he thinks will suit his daughter. And, of course, the man’s family has similar concerns. Who do you think will make a better choice — a hormone influenced 18 year old aroused by some rugged roguish guy who turns her on, or a father thinking about the long term happiness of his daughter?

“Moreover, in arranged marriages the couple does not suffer the illusion that romantic love can last. In America, she noted, couples “fall in love,” and then when the romance fades and life becomes routine, they “fall out of love.”


We in the West seek to maintain the fantasy that you can find a soul mate with whom you’ll feel an eternal connection and bond. When things start getting boring and the romance fades (as it inevitably does), we start to regret the choice we made.


Maybe he or she isn’t the right one? We start thinking about what we could be achieving without being “tied down” by a spouse and even kids. And, of course, since our imaginations are limitless, almost always we can fantasize a better life than the one we have. Soon, desiring the sensation of “being in love” we break up, deciding that the other person just isn’t right.”

“In arranged marriages, you go into it with the idea that it’s not about love, it’s about commitment.


Both realize that their families made this choice, and they are responsible to get to know the other person and make a family. Over time, the bond forms, and almost always (in part since parents usually are careful in making the choice) love happens. And since it’s not the rush of romance followed by the let down of routine, it ends up being a stable love, one that doesn’t depend on emotional highs.”

In the West, she noted, we start by falling in love with an illusion.When we don’t know someone well we “fill in the gaps” with how we imagine them to be — usually imagining what we would consider the perfect mate.

I call this the “halo effect.” When we get to know the person better, we inevitably find that our imagination was off, the person is real, not a result of our fantasy. In an arranged marriage, you have no illusions, you may even fear that the person won’t be someone you can get along with. You get to know someone on their own terms, generating mutual respect. It is a more realistic relationship.”

Finally, she argued, look at the results. Here relationships and marriages break up right and left, tearing apart families, creating hardships for children, and often leading couples to keep seeking the unobtainable – long term romantic love. In her country, and in most countries with arranged marriages, divorce rates are low, and people tend to have happy families. How on earth can we defend our irrational emotion-driven method of having teens with hormone buzzes choosing who to spend the rest of their lives with chosen spouse.

Next Points are from my dad a History Teacher:

Arranged Marriage is more of a social than a religious aspect even our hunter-gather ancestors probably did arranged Marriages too (and as far as I’m aware the earliest religion would be Mesopotamians’ religion)

In the lower middle ages the only people who got married in the church were kings and great nobles. Knights and lower nobles didn’t get married in the church they got married on the steps of the church.

1). More than a white wedding dress:

Indian Wedding dress usually called a Lehnga Cholis

-this looks NOTHING like the Chinese dresses in-game

In Ireland the Wedding dress is blue, In Spain its black

2) have bridesmaids and best man/best men

Here all some ideas I found online:

from Denmark:

“[b]At some point during the marriage celebration the groom will disappear and the male guests all kiss the new bride. After the groom returns his bride eventually leaves the room and all of the female guests kiss him.[/b]”

any more ideas?

page-boys and flower-girls would be good too. Ring bearer

How in the heck could Arranged Marriage change the f- rating? Its not like I said the teens/children are going to get married at the teenage/child stage?

and EA is already playing or has already played with fire, what with same-sex marriage in games Sims 1-3, Witchcraft (a full magic EP in Sims 1, and a little feature of Sims 2 AL), not to mention stuff like Vampires (Sims 2 Night Life and Sims 3 Late Night), werewolves, zombies (Sims 2) and Mummies (Sims 3: WA)


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