Wedding

A wedding is the ceremony in which two people become married. It is usually between a man (the bridegroom) and a woman (the bride). In some places, same-sex weddings are legal. It is common for the couple involved in the wedding to exchange vows and to give each other rings. Weddings are held in religious buildings or other sites such gardens or the home of the bride's parents.

Wedding customs in western societies

Queen Victoria was the first to wear a white wedding dress

Pre-wedding customs

In the few days or weeks before a wedding, the bride will attend a "bridal shower" held in a friend's home. She receives gifts for and advice about married life. The groom will attend a "bachelor party" with his groomsmen. This event marks his last night as a bachelor. The party is usually held in a restaurant or club. There is much drinking and merriment. Strippers may entertain. Porn movies may be viewed to educate the groom about his marital responsibilities. A dinner is sometimes held for the parents of the couple. A dinner for all the members of the wedding party is usually held the night before the wedding.

Ceremony

A traditional wedding ceremony in the western world usually consists of the couple exchanging vows before a government official such as a justice of the peace or a clergyperson such as a priest, minister, or pastor. Nuns are not permitted to perform marriages. Rings are exchanged between the married couple, following which they kiss.

Site

Traditionally, the bride's church, synagogue or other religious centre, or the home of her parents is the site of her wedding. Non-traditional couples choose various and unusual sites. Some couples have married while snorkeling or skydiving. Rich couples sometimes choose "destination weddings". These couples pay for guests to attend their wedding at a romantic "destination" such as a Caribbean island.

Reception

Cutting the cake

There is often a party or banquet after the wedding called a reception. This is called the wedding breakfast as it is the first meal the married couple eat together. During the reception, the couple greet friends and family, cut a cake, and have the first dance together. The bride's garter is usually tossed to the groomsmen. The bride's bouquet is tossed to the bridesmaids. The couple depart the reception site in a car that is sometimes decorated with balloons, signs ("Just Married!"), old shoes or tin cans tied to the rear bumper.

Dress

The bride usually wears a white dress. White symbolizes virginity. She sometimes wears a thin piece of white cloth on her head called a veil, or a wreath of flowers, or a tiara, or other headdress. The groom lifts the veil before or after the vows are taken. The groom is usually dressed in formal attire.

Honeymoon

After the wedding, the newlyweds usually take a trip, which is called a honeymoon. Traditionally, the honeymoon was the time when the couple had their first sexual intercourse and established their sexual relationship. Many, many couples in the western world today have had sexual intercourse long before the wedding, and the honeymoon has become a time of intimate relaxation before returning to work, debts, and other obligations.

Brides maids

The brides maids are people that walk down the aisle before the bride and her father. They often wear a dress the same colour as the bride's dress and they have a little flower bouquet like the bride.

Other Languages
العربية: زفاف
aragonés: Voda
asturianu: Boda
azərbaycanca: Toy
беларуская: Вяселле
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български: Сватба
Boarisch: Boarische Hozad
brezhoneg: Eured
буряад: Хурим түрэ
català: Casament
Чӑвашла: Туй
čeština: Svatba
chiShona: Muchato
dansk: Bryllup
English: Wedding
español: Boda
Esperanto: Nupto
euskara: Eztei
فارسی: عروسی
français: Noces
Frysk: Brulloft
Gaeilge: Bainis
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galego: Voda
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한국어: 결혼식
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hrvatski: Vjenčanje
Bahasa Indonesia: Pernikahan
íslenska: Gifting
italiano: Nozze
עברית: חתונה
қазақша: Үйлену тойы
Kiswahili: Harusi
кырык мары: Сӱӓн
Latina: Nuptiae
latviešu: Kāzas
lietuvių: Vestuvės
Livvinkarjala: Svuad'bu
magyar: Esküvő
македонски: Свадба
مازِرونی: ویلاج
Bahasa Melayu: Nikah
монгол: Гэрлэлт
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ထိမ်းမြားမင်္ဂလာ
Nederlands: Bruiloft
日本語: 結婚式
norsk: Bryllup
norsk nynorsk: Vigsel
Nouormand: Neuche
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Nikoh toʻyi
polski: Ślub
português: Boda
română: Nuntă
русский: Свадьба
Scots: Waddin
Setswana: Wedding
سنڌي: وھانءُ
slovenčina: Sobáš
slovenščina: Poroka
Soomaaliga: Aroos
српски / srpski: Венчање
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Vjenčanje
suomi: Häät
svenska: Bröllop
Tagalog: Kasalan
татарча/tatarça: Туй
Türkçe: Nikâh
українська: Весілля
Tiếng Việt: Lễ cưới
walon: Noice
ייִדיש: חתונה
粵語: 婚禮
中文: 婚礼