Marriage » Marriage Ceremony Marriage- Marriage Counseling, Same Sex Marriage, Marriage License, Common Law, Vital Records Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t Forget Your Marriage Ceremony! Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:05 +0000

Marriage ceremonies are frequently celebrated around the world. Marriage ceremonies will vary in practice, depending on the religion and culture of the couple. However, the basic principles remain consistent. Marriage ceremonies are celebrations meant to recognize the uniting of two people in the marriage contract.  Guests are invited in order to witness the recognition of the union, and to offer their support to the couple. In some cultures, a marriage ceremony may be only a few minutes long and in others, it can last for days. There are marriage ceremonies that involve a religious element, and others that do not. In any case, the ceremony is a celebration of the couples relationship and it is often very individualized for each specific couple.

The process undertaken for most marriage ceremonies, is generally very similar. First, the couple sends out invitations to guests that they would like to attend the ceremony. At the marriage ceremony, guests watch as the bride and groom exchange vows. In some cases, they prepare their own vows and in other cases, the individual officiating over the marriage ceremony simply asks them to agree with the vows as he or she reads allowed. During some ceremonies, guests may be chosen to read passages from a bible, sing a song or read poetry and quotes that apply to the couple. However, a marriage ceremony is very focused on he bride and groom and good hopes for their future together. Friends and family members will stand up on behalf of the couple, by being a part of the wedding party. The wedding party stands on either side of the couple as the ceremony takes place. In fact the best man and maid or matron of honor, are generally the people closet to the bride and groom both during the marriage ceremony and in life. Generally, they are responsible for helping the couple prepare the ceremony and to help ensure that it runs smoothly. In fact, they general hold the wedding rings until they are utilized in the ceremony. Couples and the bridal party, generally wear special articles of clothing for the occasion. The bride usually wears a white dress for the marriage ceremony and the reception and her bridesmaids wear dresses that are similar in nature. The groom and groomsmen generally wear tuxedos. After the ceremony, there is a reception. This extended celebration usually involves gifts and toasts to the new couple. Each marriage ceremony will be different depending on the wishes of the couple. For religious marriage ceremonies, there is a general outline of accepted and expected practices that take place during the ceremony. However, couples can choose to add dimensions to the ceremony, such as adding speeches by family members. In a non religious ceremony, couples are able to decide on all aspects of their marriage ceremony. Regardless of specifics, wedding ceremonies are all utilized to offer recognition to the couple's new status as a married couple.
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The Full Guide on Marriage Ceremonies Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:45 +0000 Marriage ceremonies take place in many cultures around the world. In fact, most cultures respect and admire wedding ceremonies. Couples and their families, pay close attention to detail when making wedding preparations. While ceremonies will vary in practice an in venue, the principles are generally very similar. Wedding ceremonies are utilized by couples in order to express their love and commitment for each other. In some cases, ceremonies are short and in others, wedding ceremonies can last for days. Cultures that have very long ceremonies, often have the wedding culminate in a large celebration that includes the entire town or tribe. Whereas, shorter ceremonies often include a reception with close family and friends, the same day. Wedding ceremonies will also differ according to a couples religion. In some cases, the main focus of a wedding ceremony is on the couples joint commitment to god and in others, the focus is simply on the couple.  For many ceremonies, religion plays a key factor in readings, vows and tradition. In any religion, wedding ceremonies are important due to the nature of what takes place. Couples publicly proclaim their lifelong commitment to each other. In fact, that commitment is not meant to be influenced by any outside factors. Generally, wedding vows help couples to explain their level of commitment, while promising to only have that unique commitment with each other. While wedding preparations often give great consideration to the vows, couples must also make many other decisions. Those decisions include wedding attire, wedding invitations and venue for both the ceremony and the reception. In addition, couples will need to compile a guest list. The size of the guest list will likely influence many other decisions. For example, couples may select a venue because it can accommodate the number of guests they would like to invite. Therefore, the formality of the wedding venue may help the couple choose wedding attire. Once couples have made those decisions, they can select and mail their wedding invitations. In any case, couples will find that wedding preparations are time intensive and can also be stressful. However, couples must remember to focus on the real purpose of their wedding ceremony. The ceremony should be focused on a celebration of the love found in their unique relationship as a married couple.


Ceremonies that celebrate wedding vows, have been recorded throughout history. In fact, there have been many changes in wedding ceremonies throughout history. Those changes have been based on culture, religion, individual choices and society. However, the purpose of wedding ceremonies remains fairly standard. In general, wedding ceremonies are utilized for the same purpose now as they were in the past. Wedding ceremonies are a time for couples to proclaim their love and commitment to their relationship. Marriages are meant to be celebrated as unique relationships in which neither spouse will have that same type of relationship with anyone else. Marriage ceremonies help couples to solidify the unique bond in their relationship. For religious couples, that bond is made stronger by their commitment to God and the church. For other couples, the commitment is made stronger by support offered from friends and family present at the ceremony and ensuing celebration.


Many wedding ceremonies are based on similar principles. In fact, most ceremonies follow outlines specific to the type of ceremony the couple has selected. Generally, wedding vows are the same or similar for couples that take part in the same type of ceremony. Religious wedding vows general include couples making a commitment to each other, the church and especially to God. Couples that have selected a religious ceremony, are likely to have many other religious elements included. First, their wedding ceremony is likely to be held in a house of worship as certain religions will not recognize a marriage that took place anywhere else. Couples can sometimes get approval from the church to have their wedding ceremony somewhere else. However, church leaders prefer that they have their wedding on consecrated ground in order to be sure that the wedding is considered holy.  Many religious wedding ceremonies include prayer before, during and after the ceremony. Everyone present at the ceremony is expected to tale part in the prayers, or to be respectful of the prayers at the very least. In addition, there will likely be religious readings during the ceremony. Religious texts are an important part of any wedding ceremony. Many times, the person officiating over the ceremony, will read from religious texts in addition to friends and family members reading passages throughout the ceremony. Each religion will have specific requirements for weddings held in their house of worship and each religion may allow slight variations. Couples can expect that a religious wedding ceremony will focus on a harmony of faith, God and their relationship.


Wedding ceremonies are important for several reasons. First, couples are given time to declare their love in commitment to each other in a public forum. In addition, couples are able to get support for their relationship from family friends and religious leaders.  Too many couples spend time focusing on all of the small details included in the wedding day. Often couples forget to give vows and other special elements of the day, the important attention they deserve. Because there are so many steps involved in wedding preparations, couples often leave some important details until the last minute. However, on their special day, couples are not likely to notice the small, insignificant details. In fact, married couples generally find that the most vivid detail of the day, was when they said, "I do."  Wedding days are important because of what they mean for the future of the couples relationship. Wedding days are the beginning of a lifetime together. Couples that remember those details when planning their wedding, will likely remember the important details of their special day.


Generally, wedding vows are the culmination of the wedding ceremony. Previous to wedding vows, the individual officiating over the ceremony is likely to have told stories or given religious advice on marriage. In addition, family members or friends of the couple, may have given speeches or read applicable passages from a religious text. In fact, there are generally many steps that lead up to the couple exchanging vows. At the end of the ceremony, couples take part in agreeing to very specific vows. Those vows reiterate their lifelong commitment to each other, and possibly to their church and God. That commitment is not suppose to falter due to any outside factors including wealth, illness or the influence of other people on their relationship. In vows, couples make declarations of a commitment to each other, that is meant to last a lifetime, despite any outside influences. Couples agree to love and honor each other in any circumstance. For most couples, the most important purpose of a wedding ceremony, is to proclaim their vows to one another.


Couples that have chosen to get married, will find that weddings involve many preparations. Couples must decide what type of wedding ceremony they would like to have. Couples must also select a venue based on that decision. If a couple has decided to have a religious ceremony, they will likely have their ceremony at a religious venue or on consecrated ground. Other couples may decide to have their wedding outdoors or at an event center. Couples must consider price and location of both their wedding venue and the location for their reception. In some cases, couples have their ceremony and reception at the same location.  Next, couples must make a guest list, including the selection of the bridal party. At some point, couples will need to decide if they plan  on writing their own vows. Couples must select appropriate attire and the level of formality for their event. That decision will likely effect their selection of flowers and food dishes available at the reception. Couples must also make seating charts based on what type of seating is available at their wedding venue. Last but not least, couples must select wedding invitations and send them out. As guests return their invitations, couples will likely adjust their seating chart for their guests, so that they can be seated with people they are likely to get along with.

Wedding Dresses:

In many cultures, the selection of a wedding dress is very important. In fact, many brides spend large amounts of time on the decision. In some cases, brides use a wedding dress that is a family heirloom. Brides may make that decision because a family member can't be present at the wedding, due to death or distance. By using a family heirloom, brides attest to the importance of family in their lives. In other cases, brides have their dress hand made to suit their specific desires. Brides in many cultures choose a white, or variation of white, wedding dress that is long to ensure a modest appearance. It is said that the tradition started because white signifies purity and chastity. Yet, some brides select other colors for their wedding dress. These days, brides are able to select any color dress, with little scrutiny form guests. In other cultures, brides frequently wear brightly colored dresses to celebrate their wedding. For example, many Japanese brides have traditionally worn bright red dressed for their wedding ceremony. However, white wedding dresses are becoming increasing popular and accepted around the world.


Selecting a wedding invitation, can be rather simple for most couples. In general, wedding invitations should match the formality of the ceremony. Very formal weddings often involve fancy and detailed invitations. However, the most important factor in selecting a wedding invitation, is making sure there is enough room to list pertinent details. While, wedding invitations contain many details that pertain to a couples wedding day, all information is not usually listed on the invitation itself. The invitation itself will list names, date and location of the wedding ceremony. However, wedding invitations generally contain other documents such as directions to venues and hotels in the area. In the past, wedding invitations simply stated the date, time and location of the event because ceremonies tended to be more simple. Currently, wedding invitations contain a myriad of other information. In addition to the standard information, wedding invitations will also list the locations at which couples have registered for gifts. This is done to avoid repeat gifts, or gifts that will not be appropriate to the couple. In many cases, guests are also able to make meal selections for the reception. The depth of information available with a wedding invitation is up to the couple. However, the more information they provide, the less likely their guests are to encounter difficulties on their wedding day.


Couples are likely to select their wedding venue after they have determined what kind of wedding they would like to have. Couples generally choose between a religious venue, an outdoor location and event venues that are utilized for weddings. In concurrence with that decision, couples usually decide where they will have their reception. Many times, couples have the wedding ceremony and reception in the same place, or in locations that are located close to each other. There are many factors to consider when selecting venues. Couples must consider the size of their guest list, to be sure that their venue can accommodate it. In addition, couples should be sure that the venue falls within their budget. Couples should pay careful attention to detail when selecting a venue, as it will set the tone for their special day.

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Why Do Couples Stress Out About Marriage Venues? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:41 +0000
When couples are choosing between wedding venues, their are many factors to consider. Couples must first decide what type of wedding they would like to have. If they have selected a religious ceremony, they are likely to select a  house of worship as their wedding venue. In other cases, couples may choose a location outdoors or an event center as their wedding venue. In addition to those decisions, couples must decide how much they want to spend on their wedding venue, as costs can vary widely from location to location. 
Added to the cost of the ceremony, is the selection of a place to hold their reception. If couples have selected an outdoor location or event center as their wedding venue, they may choose to have their reception at the same location. Many times, combining the wedding venue with the reception location, can save the couple time and money. In addition, it is often more convenient for guests. When the ceremony and reception are held in different locations, there is often time in between in which guests are left to linger.
Couples that are deciding between religious wedding venues, often select the house of worship for either or both spouses. However, many religious couples do not regularly attend services and may have more difficulty in choosing between different religious wedding venues.  In some cases, couples may have take classes at the church they select and some churches may even require that the couple become church members in order to utilize the church for their wedding ceremony. 
If couples select from religious wedding venues, they are likely to utilize that churches elder as the the person who officiates over the ceremony. If however, couples are selecting form other wedding venues, they will have to hire their own person to officiate over the ceremony. In addition to that added cost, prices will very widely at each wedding venue. That cost will be determined by many factors including length of reception, the size of guest list and the formality of the venue. Many times, even outdoor weddings are very expensive. In addition, outdoor weddings often require a special permit which also costs money.
Selecting a wedding venue can be a very difficult and time consuming decision. The couple must consider many factors including size, price and type of location. Couples need to be sure that their wedding venue can accommodate the number of guests attending the wedding ceremony. Yet, couples also want to be sure that their wedding venue represents the formality they wish to have portrayed at their wedding.
For example, outdoor weddings are generally less formal than those held in houses of worship. Couples that have selected their wedding venue, must also be sure that it is available on the day they wish to be married. While it is one of the most difficult decisions, choosing between wedding venues, is also rewarding once couples have determined the location matches the feel they want for their wedding.

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Do You Know About Vows and Marital Contracts? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:41 +0000 Most wedding ceremonies include an exchange of wedding vows between husband and wife. In some cases, couples write their wedding vows themselves and in others, the individual that is officiating over the ceremony, reads the vows and asks the couple to agree with them. Generally, each spouse will answer in agreement by saying, "I do."  

Wedding vows are often derived from marriage contracts, which include all of the rights and responsibilities conferred upon marriages. However, wedding vows are just a brief example of all of those rights and responsibilities granted to the couple. Wedding vows will generally include some form of religious, legal and ethical rights and responsibilities generally associated with marriage. 

However, couples actually acquire thousands of rights as a result of their marriage contract, and there is no way to cover all of them during a wedding ceremony. In addition, vows tend to include the aspect of a marriage contact that are expressions of love, rather than benefits brought to the couple.

Marriage contracts include principles such as mutual respect and responsibility. In other words, one vow generally explains that couples have agreed to treat each other with respect and to care for each other, no matter what the circumstance. Included in that vow, is generally the phrase, "for richer or poor, in sickness and in health," which means that couples are meant to care for each other in any circumstance. 

That vows reiterates that their relationship is not based on any changing variable such as wealth or health. Also included under that vow, is "till death due us part," which signifies the expectation that marriage is meant to last until one spouse passes away, rather then in physical separation such as divorce. Many churches take that vow very seriously and are opposed to divorce. 

Marriage contracts also include vows such as, "I will be true," which signifies that the marriage relationship is unique and that neither souse will have a similar relationship with anyone other than their spouse. Most religious marriage vows are based on mutual expectations between the church, God and the couple. 

Whereas, non religious vows tend to focus more on the relationship between the couple. In either case, the marriage contract is expected to be upheld by both spouses, as they agreed to during the wedding ceremony.

In many cases, couples choose to add input into their wedding vows to make them more personal for the couple. The purpose of wedding vows is to make a public proclamation of promises found in the marriage contract. In addition, vows help couples to express their love and their agreement to enter into the marriage contract. 

Vows signify the importance of their new relationship and declare it as being different form any other relationship in their life.Whether vows are unique for a couple, or general vows are used, the propose is the same. Vows help couples to proclaim their intentions for their relationship.

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Finding Your Dream Wedding Dresses Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:41 +0000
There are many factors involved in wedding ceremonies. One important aspect of a wedding ceremony is the attire worn by the bride, groom and bridal party. In general, the groom and groomsmen wear tuxedos because weddings are either black tie, or formal events. In addition, bridesmaids generally wear gowns that match. 
In most cases, the dresses are all the same color, but they may not always be the exact same dress. The bride and groom generally choose the color of bridesmaids dresses according to the season in which the wedding takes place. However, they may choose any color they wish. 
The bride's wedding dress is generally very fancy. In addition her wedding dress is likely to be long in length and either white or off white. Brides taking part in their first wedding, are likely to wear white. Whereas brides taking place in a second marriage will likely wear off white. 
In reality, brides can wear whatever color they choose, but black is usually discouraged as it signifies mourning in many cultures. In addition, some cultures offer variations on the wedding dress, such as length and color. In fact, brides in some cultures, change their dresses for different portions of the ceremony.
Wedding dresses are often different in varying cultures. In some places, a wedding dress may be filled with colors to celebrate the richness of marriage. However, many cultures favor a white wedding dress.The bride's wedding dress will generally be very ornate. Some wedding dresses include details such as beading and lace. In some cases, there are few details and in others, wedding dresses are covered in many ornate details, such a beaded flowers, or patterns. 
In addition, lace can commonly be found on a wedding dress. Because of the modesty associated with wedding dresses, the dresses are generally very long. In fact, some wedding dresses include a train, or a length of fabric that trails behind the dress. In some societies, it is traditional for the bride to wear her mother's wedding dress, or mother-in-laws dress for the ceremony. 
Many times, families pass down such items to signify a close family bond, or to remember family members who will not be there for the event, due to death or distance. Variations on the wedding dress can be found in many cultures. In Indian and Japanese cultures, the wedding dress is generally long, slim and colorful. In fact, brides often have several wedding dresses that she will wear during the ceremony.
Like other parts of the marriage ceremony, wedding dresses are often chosen at the discretion of the couple. In many cases, there are not strict rules for what is appropriate unless it is dictated by religion or culture. In fact, what was acceptable in recent history, has changed with the times and societies expectations. 
Brides generally have the most fancy and ornate attire at the ceremony. In fact, it is always quite obvious which individual is the bride. However, the bride often has discretion on the dress she chooses. In some cases, the wedding dress is a family heirloom and in others it is hand made for the bride. In any case, wedding dresses are beautiful and cherished.

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What You Must Know About Wedding Preparations Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:41 +0000
When couples have chosen to get married, there are many wedding preparations necessary before the wedding actually takes place. The first wedding preparation involves decision making on the part of the couple. Couples must choose what type of wedding they wish to have. In addition, couples must make wedding preparations that include choosing a specific location. 
Only at that time, can couples choose a date based on availability. In addition to the ceremony, couples must choose a location of their reception and select food choices for their guests. Couples must decide which individuals they would like to be present for the ceremony and whom they would like to be in their wedding party. In between all of the decisions, there are many more to be made. Wedding preparations often take a lot of time and attention to detail.
Couples must consider many factors in each wedding preparation. They must decide what type of wedding they would like to have. In a religious ceremony, they are likely to choose a house of worship for their location. In a non religious ceremony, couples may have their wedding outdoors or at an event center. This wedding preparation determines many other factors for the ceremony. 
At a house of worship, many details will be dictated to the couple. However, a wedding held outdoors or at an event center, is likely to include many more wedding preparations on the part of the couple. Couples must decide on vows, wedding attire, bridal party and a guest list. In many cases, couples are handling more than one wedding preparation at a time. For example, choosing a wedding party and writing a guest list can often be done at the same time since the couple is likely to consider their closest family and friends at that time.  
In many cases, couples can discuss wedding attire and food selection together, based on the fact that each decision depends on the weddings formality. Vows are a discussion that often requires deep thought and therefore, is usually handled over time. This give the couple time to carefully consider what they want to say at the ceremony. Once couples have made these decisions, they will select and send out, invitations which list all details of the wedding. 
They will also invite certain family members and friends, to be a part of the bridal party.  Generally, the bridal party can help with certain wedding preparations. In fact, bridal party's often help the bride decide on dresses and other details such as flower selection.
Each couple will handle every wedding preparation differently. In part,those decisions are based on the importance each couple sees in each detail. For some couples, flowers and location are the most vital wedding preparation. For other couples, the major focus is on writing the vows. 
Each couple will pay differing amounts of attention to each detail based on how important it is to them. The decision that is often left for last, is the location of the honeymoon. At that time, all of the planning and the ceremony, have culminated into the couples new marriage.

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How Important is a Marriage Ceremony? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:40 +0000

Wedding ceremonies serve several purposes and they are often a cherished moment in a couple's history. A wedding ceremony is often utilized as a public display of marriage vows and of the couple entering into the marital contract. For many couples, the focus of the wedding ceremony, is on their commitment and love for each other. 

In addition to stating and agreeing to their wedding vows, they have the love and support of their family and friends. Guests help to celebrate the couples commitment to each other. Wedding ideas and practices are rooted in historical practices. However, each couple can tailor their ceremony to meet their desires. However, many couples choose to hold a ceremony that is practical, while adding some individualized sentiment to the occasion.

The most important part of a wedding ceremony, is the vows between the bride and groom. The vows help couples to proclaim their commitment to the relationship. In fact, individual vows are often written by each spouse in order to express the unique relationship between a particular couple. Wedding ideas and practices, often include each spouse taking the time to sit and consider what the marriage means to them and especially how important and cherished their commitment to their spouse is. 

When writing their vows, they put those feeling into words, in order to express it in front of their cherished wedding guests.  Many wedding ideas include the option of a declaration of love spoken by the unique words of each spouse. In some cases, vows are written by the person officiating over the ceremony, but the idea is the same. 

The most important part of any wedding ceremony is the words utilized to proclaim never-ending love and appreciation between each unique couple. A wedding ceremony will include other elements, such as an offering of the love and support of family and friends present. In addition, a religious wedding ceremony helps couples commit their relationship to God and the church.

Wedding ideas and practices, are often unique to each couple. However, most wedding ideas have a focus on the relationship between the couple, rather than the actual ceremony itself. In many cases, ceremonies are very similar. However, each couple's ceremony is likely to contain unique elements and words to describe their relationship. 

In a religious wedding ceremony, couples also proclaim their bond with God and the church. In any case, a wedding ceremony is meant to be a very spiritual and bonding experience for the couple and for their friends and family. Wedding ceremonies offer everyone present, an opportunity to  recognize and appreciate the unique bond between husband and wife.

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Let Everyone Know About Your Wedding With Invitations Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:40 +0000

There are many preparations necessary for any couple that has decided to get married. After the couple has selected a location and date, they generally compile a guest list based on how many people they plan to invite. In many cases, the number of guests is dictated by the size of the reception location. In addition, the size of the wedding greatly influences the cost and therefore, each couple's guest list size can vary greatly.

For some couples, the guest list includes only close family and friends. For other couples, the list includes large numbers of people, including work associates past and present. No matter what the size of the guest list, couples will need to send out wedding invitations. In many cases, couples will first send out a "save the date" postcard in order to alert guests to the wedding date in advance. Choosing the wedding invitation is a decision based on several factors.

A wedding invitation will generally list the specific details of the wedding. Wedding invitations include the brides and grooms name, as well as the names of the parents involved in the wedding. The wedding invitation will also list the date, time and location of both the wedding and the reception. In addition, wedding invitations often list hotels in the area, for guests that are traveling in order to attend the event. Included in that, is often directions to all venues that guests will need to locate. 

Many times, a wedding invitation will say how formal the event is. For example, a wedding invitation may specify that the event is black tie. If however, the invitation does not specify, it is generally assumed that the event will be formal. Many wedding invitations now offer guests a choice for food selection for the reception. Many times, a wedding invitation will have a slip of paper which allows guests to indicate their food choice, as well as whether they will be bringing a guest to the reception. 

In addition, a wedding invitation may list where a couple is registered for gifts so that guests can make a choice based on what the couple needs to complete their new home.  Proper etiquette dictates that guests return their RSVP as soon as possible. In addition, etiquette dictates that the bride and groom mail their invitations rather than hand deliver them.  Currently, most wedding invitations include various papers that include many pieces of information whereas in the past, they were simply just a card with basic information.

Couples generally choose their wedding invitation based on preference. First, they must be sure that there is enough room to list all pertinent information. In addition, couples will want the invitation to match the formality of the wedding. For simple weddings, couples will likely choose a simple invitation. Formal and fancy invitations can be quite expensive. Couples also select the design and colors that will be on their wedding invitation. The most important detail of any invitation, is that it includes all pertinent information in a clear and concise manner.

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All The Facts About Religious Differences in Weddings Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:00:40 +0000
There are many types of religious weddings. In fact, each religion will have specific elements present in their wedding ceremonies. In addition, many religions offer more than one variation of the wedding ceremony. Couples that have decided to get married, have many decisions regarding the type of ceremony they would like to have. 
If they choose a religious ceremony, they often have to comply with the churches rules and regulations. Those rules are generally pretty standard and include a large religious element during the ceremony. In addition, many religions expect couples to have their ceremony in a house of worship in order for it to be recognized by the church.
For Catholic weddings, there are many steps involved. In many cases, communion is offered to the bride and groom, as well as their guests. However, non Catholics are not allowed to take communion so some couples forge this part of the ceremony. In addition, Catholics often have a religious explanation of what marriage is and what is expected from both spouses. There are generally readings from the bible, as well as religious songs which everyone present sings. 
In Catholic weddings, there is a large religious component to the ceremony and they generally last for at least an hour. Generally, Catholic weddings are very much like Sunday services with the addition of the marriage vows. The services is always ended with a prayer. Many Christian ceremonies are very similar, except that communion is sometimes available to all guests, depending on the churches denomination. For Muslims, wedding celebrations generally last for several days. 
However, the wedding ritual is actually very brief. In addition, the wedding ritual is very simple and can take place in almost any location. The bride and groom are in two separate rooms and asked separately if they which to be a part of the marriage. Later, the couple signs their marriage contract and is publicly announced as husband and wife. Jewish wedding ceremonies include the groom reciting a document that explains the importance of marriage and marriage vows. 
The groom, and groomsmen generally walk forward to cover the bride in her veil, to suggest that she will live a life of modesty now that she will be married. In Jewish marriages, the woman is considered to be the head of the household, and the lowered veil signifies that she will bring that modesty and warmth into her home.
Basic principles can be found in most weddings. In general, they are celebrations of the love and commitment between two people. During religious weddings, there is generally an explanation of what the church expects from the couple and what the couple can expect from the church.  
In fact, there is generally a mutual expectation of support between the church and the couple. In any case, religious wedding ceremonies always include an element unique to the couples religion. However, those ceremonies also include a celebration of the couples commitment regardless of religion.

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