The first marriage recorded in the Holy Book is that of Adam and Eve.
“The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.’ That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-24
One flesh refers to sexual unity, but also to the deeper spiritual unity between a husband and wife in wedlock.
Nowhere in the Scriptures is it recorded that the Hebrews held marriage ceremonies in the temple, or exchanged rings or wore engagement rings. However, it is alright to have a reception and celebrate the union with friends and family if one can afford to.
Yahshua attended a wedding reception in Cana, a city of Galilee in northern Israel:
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Yahshua’s mother was there, and Yahshua and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.” John 2:1-2
We know it was a feast because they were drinking wine and verse 9 mentions the ‘master of the banquet’.
So how do we, as Believers, ensure we are properly united so as not to live in sin?
A couple is married in the Eyes of Yahweh when the marriage is consummated on the wedding night; and married in the view of the state when the marriage is legally registered.
Once you are certain you have met the right partner, the proper way to go about it is to introduce your intended spouse to your family and meet their family as well, to let them know of your intention to become a couple. In some communities, a dowry (bride price) is requested.
Before you sleep together or even move in together, you should legalise the union, to ensure you are both committed to one another for the long-term, and to make it official.
Having your marriage legally recognised also helps avoid future financial tussles in case of divorce or in the event of death. It will make it simpler to claim inheritance or child or spousal support, and to divide assets in a fair manner.
(see The Great Deception, Shroud of Turin, Pagan feasts, Pagan gods, Hebrew Feasts and Keeping the Sabbath holy)