Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or celebrant.
Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception.
An example of such use is reported in the wedding of Nora Robinson and Alexander Kirkman Finlay in 1878.
This section may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards, as the intro to this section is about marriage, and needs to be rewritten to discuss weddings ceremonies and traditions instead, as does the section on Christian customs.
Just when Al Pacino thought he was out of marriage talks, paps in Argentina pulled him right back in ... The Godfather, and his Argentinian gf, Lucila Sola, had no trouble answering questions in Buenos Aires -- until one photog went and asked if he was ever going to marry her?
You gotta see Al's reaction -- half Sonny Wortzik frantic stammering, half Michael Corleone defusing a GF ...
A couple, for example, may begin the process to have their marriage annulled by the Catholic Church only after they are no longer married in the eyes of the civil authority.
Some cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil.This tradition was popularized through the marriage of Queen Victoria.Some say Victoria's choice of a white gown may have simply been a sign of extravagance, but may have also been influenced by the values she held which emphasized sexual purity.A large amount of info in the section on Jewish customs is commented out and needs to be incorporated.Sections on other religious customs such as Islamic and Shinto weddings would also be helpful.