Nearly 2,000 Brazilian couples married at an indoors sports venue in Rio de Janeiro.
Separated by a vast ocean, 600 African couples made their vows at a mass wedding ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In the biggest mass wedding in the city's history, prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa held the first of two ceremonies in Harare. So many couples applied, that they had to be split into two groups. The second group will get their turn early next year.
But mass wedding ceremonies are not new.
South Korea has became famous for its mass 'blessing' ceremonies since its inception in 1954.
In February, a second wedding event was performed by the Unification Church since the death of leader and self-declared messiah Sun Myung Moon. The huge ceremony took place at the CheongShim Peace World Center, a 25,000-seat stadium in Gapyong-gun, South Korea. After their marriage, participants must refrain from sex for 40 days and nights to echo Jesus in the desert.
Back in January, nearly 300 Palestinian couples took part in mass wedding ceremonies in the West Bank and Gaza, attended by the president.
The Palestinian Authority paid for all the wedding expenses, which included a gift of $4,000 for each couple. Unfortunately, participants were separated according to location. Another 80 couples married at a parallel ceremony in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Here's the experience part: I married my first husband in a local church attended by a few friends and my mother. We had no gathering afterward. That union lasted 27 years. A celebrant conducted my second marriage. Very few people witnessed that one either. We all went to a Greek restaurant to celebrate with smashing glasses and dancing. After 26 years, my husband and I more loving and supportive of each other than ever.
I like the way authorities in far-off countries have considered ordinary people's needs. Not everyone can afford a splendid, one-couple celebration.