"After getting married, Mary had to learn how to cook."

Could we say "After marriage, Mary had to learn how to cook." instead ?

Do 'after marrieage' and 'after getting married' have the same meaning?

Thank you a lot.
"Marriage" is a noun, not an event (like "getting married" is). If you say "her marriage" you are referring to the entire "package" - not just the advent of it.

After her first disasterous marriage, Mary vowed to remain single the rest of her life.

Mary and Peter has a very successful marriage, despite a disasterous wedding ceremony.

So don't say "After marriage" to mean "after getting married."
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Hi Grammar Geek,

Thank you very much for your reply.
yes,the explain is very clearly!