Marriage practices in different cultures.
Hindu wedding (India)
Muslim wedding (Tunisia)
Roman Catholic White Wedding (Philippines)
Same-sex civil marriage (United States)
A wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriage. The traditions and customs of marriage vary considerably among cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, the presentation of a gift (offering, rings, symbolic object, flowers, money) and a public proclamation of marriage by a personality or celebrant. Special wedding clothes are often worn and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings of religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.
Many cultures have adopted the traditional western custom of white marriage, when the bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. Painting by Edmund Leighton (1853-1922)
Some cultures have adopted the traditional western custom of white marriage, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and a veil. This tradition was popularized by the marriage of Queen Victoria. Some say that the choice of a white dress by Victoria may have been simply a sign of extravagance, but may also have been influenced by the values that she exercised and who put her in the shoes. focus on sexual purity.  In the modern tradition of "white marriage," a white dress and veil are unusual choices for a woman's wedding or a subsequent wedding.
The use of an alliance has long been part of religious marriages in Europe and America, but the origin of the tradition is unclear. One possibility is the Roman belief in the Vena amoris, which would be a blood vessel going from the fourth finger (ring finger) directly to the heart. So when a couple wore rings on that finger, their hearts were connected. Historian Vicki Howard points out that belief in the "old" quality of practice is very likely a modern invention.  The "double ring" ceremonies are also a modern practice, the groom's alliance not appearing in the United States until the beginning of the 20th century. 
The wedding ceremony is often followed by a wedding reception or a wedding breakfast where the rituals may include speeches from the groom, the best man, the father of the bride and possibly the bride . the cut of an elegant wedding.