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 Marriage traditions in usa

Most American weddings include a wedding processional, where the wedding party walks down the aisle at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. The order of the processional is typically as follows:

  • The officiant
  • The groom's parents
  • The grandparents of the bride and groom
  • The maid of honor
  • The bridesmaids
  • The flower girls and ring bearer
  • The bride and her father

The proposal

In the United States, marriage proposals are becoming less traditional and more personalized. Many couples are choosing colored gemstones, tattooing rings, or even incorporating Leap Day into their proposal plans. However, despite these changes, engagement customs in the United States remain fairly traditional. The Knot revealed that men initiate 78% of the proposals in the country. 

Additionally, wedding proposals are a big part of American wedding traditions. Unlike other cultures where both family members might be present for the proposal, in the United States it is more common for just the man to propose to the woman. Japan has a similar tradition called a yunio where a couple isn't really engaged until there's a formal proposal.

 An American wedding tradition that symbolized the promises of dreams coming true for the couple is when a small child carries the pillow to the altar. There are some American wedding traditions that are famous and iconic all over the world. This includes the wearing of a white or ivory dress by the bride as well as having a first

The engagement

In the United States, most couples commemorate their engagement with a ring. The vast majority of these rings are worn only by the women; however, some men also wear engagement rings. American engagement rings typically have a diamond as the central stone. The groom usually pays for the ring, but in some cases, the bride may also contribute to the cost.

Wedding bands began in medieval Europe as a way to signify that the woman was spoken for and off-limits to other men. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the first recorded diamond engagement ring for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. The tradition of giving and wearing engagement rings quickly spread throughout Europe and eventually made its way to America.

The bachelor/bachelorette party

In the United States, a bachelor or bachelorette party is seen as the last night or weekend of freedom for the bride and groom. Events range from a relaxing day at the spa to a wild night out. The party is generally hosted by the maid of honor and the bridesmaids or the best man and the groomsmen. 

The purpose of the party is to celebrate the upcoming marriage and to give the bride or groom a final night or weekend of freedom before they enter into wedded bliss.

The bridal shower

The bridal shower is a tradition that dates back centuries. It is a time for family and friends to come together to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. In the past, these parties were held to help the bride-to-be gather her trousseau. 

Today, they are more about giving gifts and sharing in the excitement of the impending wedding. While the specifics may have changed over the years, one thing remains constant: the bridal shower is a cherished tradition that is an important part of American weddings.

The wedding rehearsal

Most American weddings include a wedding rehearsal the night before the big day. This is when the wedding party and family members walk through the ceremony to make sure everyone knows their cues and where to stand. 

It's also a final opportunity to make sure the decorations are in place and that everything runs smoothly. After the rehearsal, it's traditional for the bride and groom to have a rehearsal dinner with their closest family and friends. This is usually a more intimate affair than the reception, and it's a time for everyone to toast the happy couple and wish them well on their journey together.