Bring You to Experience American Wedding

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"I Do." To Americans, these two words mean a lot. When you said yes, it was very solemn. This means that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with him, no matter "for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health." Now Americans don’t really think marriage is a business deal. But marriage is a serious relationship for their rest life.

It all starts with participation. Traditionally, young men would ask their sweetheart's father for permission to marry her. If the father agrees, the man then proposes to the woman. He often tries to surprise her by "popping the question" in a romantic way.

Sometimes couples just decide that time together is the right time to get married. The man usually gives his fiancee a diamond ring as a symbol of their engagement. They may be engaged for weeks, months or even years. As the big day approaches, bridal showers and bachelor parties offer many useful gifts. Today, many couples also receive counseling during the engagement. This prepares them for the challenges of married life.

At last, it was time for the wedding. Although most weddings follow long-standing traditions, there is still room for American individualism. For example, weddings are usually held in churches. But some people like to have lawn weddings. Some people even perform rituals while parachuting or riding horses! The couple may invite hundreds of people or a few close friends. They choose their own colors, decorations, and music during the ceremony. But some things rarely change. The bride usually wears a beautiful white wedding dress. Traditionally, she would wear "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue."The groom wears a formal suit or tuxedo. Several close friends attended the wedding as attendants, including the best man and maid of honor.

As the ceremony begins, the groom and his attendants stand with the minister, facing the audience. Music marks the entrance of the bride's attendants, followed by the beautiful bride. The young couple nervously repeated their vows. Traditionally, they promise to love each other "for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health." But sometimes the couple writes their own vows. They gave each other a gold ring as a symbol of their marriage commitment. Finally, the minister announced an important moment: "I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride!"

At the wedding reception, the bride and groom greet their guests. Then they cut the wedding cake and feed each other a bite. Guests talk to each other while enjoying cake, punch and other delicacies. Later the bride threw her bouquet to a group of single girls. Traditionally, the person who receives the bouquet is the next to get married. During the reception, playful friends "decorate" the couple's car with tissue paper, tin cans and a "just married" sign. After the party, the newlyweds run to their "decorated" car and whisk away. Many couples take a honeymoon, a one - to a two-week vacation trip, to celebrate their new marriage.

Almost every culture has rituals to signal changes in a person's life. Marriage is one of the most fundamental life changes for people from all cultures. So it's not surprising to find many traditions about marriage...Even in America. However, each couple follows the tradition in its own unique way. After reading the article "are you ready to meet someone? If you're ready, start here!