A wedding is an occasion in which two individuals are legally joined in matrimony. The word “wedding” comes from the Latin word “vide” that means “of a single cloth”. Traditionally, wedding traditions and customs differ greatly between different cultures, religious groups, ethnic origins, and socio-economic classes. In some regions weddings are considered to be occasions of joy and joyous celebrations, while in other regions weddings are looked at as significant social events. There are different types of wedding in different regions and countries. The most popular type of wedding in the United States is the civil wedding.
In a civil wedding, the wedding ceremony is concluded with the exchanging of wedding rings by the bride and groom. In this type of wedding, both the bride and the groom may perform traditional wedding dances. The wedding cake may also be presented by the bride and groom. The only requirement for a civil wedding is that it must be solemnized by a judge.
Another type of wedding is the white wedding. In the United States, the civil wedding is quite different from the traditional Jewish wedding in many ways. Unlike in the Jewish wedding, no rabbi is involved in the ceremony, as it is a private affair. Also unlike in the Jewish wedding, no ketubah (Jewish contract) is used as a legal binding for the relationship. The only thing similar between the Jewish and the white wedding is the use of wedding flowers, but there are no legal implications connected to these flowers.
Separate ceremonies are observed in some regions, while in other regions and states, couples exchange their wedding rings immediately after their wedding. In other words, in the Jewish weddings, the bride and groom exchange their rings two days after their marriage ceremony. Separate weddings are observed by certain ethnic groups and in other regions, it is the custom to exchange rings immediately after the wedding. Separate weddings are also common for same-sex marriages.
An important aspect of any wedding ceremony is the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony marks the beginning of the wedding ceremony, as well as the beginning of the honeymoon period. In most traditional Jewish weddings, the bride’s family sends her a wedding gift the day before her wedding day; this gift may include her new jewelry and any other items that she and the groom may want. The family of the bride then announces that the bride has committed to marry the groom and the family of the groom then makes a donation to a charitable organization of the couple’s choice.
On the wedding day itself, all the guests wait outside for the newlyweds to arrive, and during the procession, the bride and groom make a solemn entrance. They then walk slowly to the place where they exchange their wedding vows. During the wedding ceremony itself, the bride and groom are taken to the altar together by the best man and the matron of honor. This is followed by the ministers reading the wedding vows aloud and giving the family of the bride and groom a chance to give them some advice regarding what they should have in mind while getting married.