In Samoa, it is customary to choose a partner from the same social status; people from a different social status don’t usually mix, since it might be considered offensive to the families. Once a match has been made and a couple wants to take their relationship forward, both sides must ask for the family’s approval. Only then are they allowed to get married. Following the engagement, the families of the bride and groom exchange gifts, as a sign of good intentions and friendship.
The concept of social status is prominent in Samoa, and so at the wedding, guests are seated according to their social status. At the reception, following the ceremony, the bride performs a traditional dance for the guests. In Samoa, young girls learn this dance as they grow up, in preparation of their big day!