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The Wedding

A wedding is a ceremony, or the celebration, of a marriage or civil union. Most weddings are governed by the rituals and traditions of the families involved, sometimes elaborate and very blustery, or quiet, unpretentious, and simple.

A woman being married is referred to as the bride and a man is referred to as the bridegroom. Once the ceremony is over, the woman is thereafter called the wife and the man is called the husband.

Wedding are sometimes casual and nonreligious, but most are religion based events that are performed in chuches or mosques, and officiated by priests, rabbis, or ministers. Many people marry at city halls, county buildings, parks, backyards, on cruises, and in other settings.

Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and other exotic locations have become popular with brides and grooms who want to forgo the trappings and tapestry of traditional weddings.

Weddings are usually festive occassions, a true celebration of love and devotion. They may be private, with just one or two witnesses, or they may be big events with hundreds of guests. Weddings usually bring families together with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances. They all come together to witness public statements of love, respect, and commitment by those who are taking their wedding vows.

Although many couples live together before they decide to take their vows, they still opt for the traditional wedding ceremony like those of their parents and grandparents.

The wedding ritual dates back to early recorded history. Many cultures around the world still perform wedding ceremonies that date back to antiquity.

The date of the wedding has significance in some cultures and many women have their own preference of the month, day, and time of the day. June is the most popular month and Saturday is the most popular day. The actual time of day varies, usually on the desires of the bride, or what works best for the ceremony.

The white wedding gown is an historic symbol of a bride's virginity. The veil is symbolic in Christian, Jewish, Moslem, and Hindu weddings, but the exact reasons for it is unknown. In some cultures, the veil was said to ward off evil spirits, or to cover the eyes of bride from the stares of other men and to give the blushing bride her last moments of privacy.

Once the vows have been given, the bride can then remove the veil and show her face to the groom and the audience, indicating her status as a newly married woman, and is followed by a kiss from the groom to seal the vows.

The most oldest and most widely used symbol of marriage is the wedding ring, which symbolizes never ending love. The gold in the ring is said to represent nontarnishing love, the diamonds ward of temptation and symbolizes innocence. Wearing the ring on the third finger of the left hand is said to represent submissiveness and obedience.

After the wedding vows are spoken and the ceremony is completed, the documents are filed with the county recorder and the relationship is formalized. By law, a marriage can only be broken by death or an action by the courts, either an annulment or a divorce.


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