It IS more common in the countryside; I just haven't had the chance (yet) to attend such ceremonies.
In the cities, however, the view I often hear expressed is that this ceremony is "old-fashioned". And I know for a fact that many aspects of it were 'outlawed' during the Cultural Revolution, which I think would have at least some effect on the modern perception of it.
In regards to the "ceremony", most of the weddings I've attended don't really have much ceremony at all; and that is the part I regret. Yes, the bride wears several beautiful outfits, and I think that's great -- a woman's wedding is the most important day of her life, and she SHOULD be able to enjoy it by wearing several beautiful outfits!
But for everything else -- there is a lot of drinking, there are a few games to embarass the bride and groom, and that is about it. I can't really call it a "ceremony". It is just a party.
In the past, because of poor communication and distance between the a man and a woman, they could not see other until the day they got married. It was very common to notice that many would find that the man or the woman is not the desirable person. But i was surprised to discover that the rate of divorce was low, what was the power that enable them to live with for such a long time? Their marriages were arranged by respecitive parent or matchmakers, they were the decision makers of the couples
As the times goes by , the current Chinese often find their Mr / MsRIGHT by chance or study/ work. More and more people have more time to get know each other, which reduce the chance of unsuitable couples.