Wife refers especially to the institutionalized form in relation to the spouse and offspring, unlike mother, a term that puts a woman into the context of her children.
Also compare the similar sounding midwife, a person assisting in childbirth (“Mother midnight” emphasizes to a midwife’s power over life and death).
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Although “wife” seems to be a close term to bride, the latter is a female participant in a wedding ceremony, while a wife is a married woman after the wedding, during her marriage.
Although “husband” seems to be a close term to groom, the latter is a male participant in a wedding ceremony, while a husband is a married man after the wedding, during his marriage.
Upon marriage, he or his family may have received a dowry, or have had to pay a bride price, or both were exchanged.
Christian cultures (or, more generally, Western ones, that is, Western Europe and many of its former colonies) were guided by the Bible in regard to their view on the position of a wife in society as well as her marriage.