Most marriages in the United States traditionally follow the white wedding type that comes from the white color of the bride’s wedding dress, but refers to an entire wedding routine. Customs and traditions vary, but common components are listed below.
For the wedding
* The host sends invitations to the wedding guests, usually one to two months before the wedding. Invitations can show most formally by the hand to be directed to the interests and the personal significance of the occasion. Large numbers of invitations can be reproduced mechanically. Since engraving was the highest quality printing technology are available in the past, this has become associated with fidelity card tradition. Receiving an invitation has a liability to the other side then immediately accept or reject the invitation, and offering invitee congratulations to the couple not to impose.
* While giving a gift to the newlyweds is technically optional, almost all the guests who attend the wedding choose to do so. Wedding gifts are usually sent to the home of the bride or the host for the wedding day. Gifts are usually brought to ceremonies or receptions, and if necessary will not be opened, but rather set aside for later delivery to the home of the newlyweds.
* A color scheme is chosen by some to fit everything from bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers, invitations, and decorations, though there is no need to do.
At the wedding
* A marriage ceremony can take place anywhere, but often a church, courthouse, or outdoor location. The ceremony is usually short, and can be determined by religious practices of the couple. The most common non-religious shape is derived from a simple Anglican ceremony in the Book of Common Prayer, and can be performed in less than ten minutes, although it often is extended by the insertion of music or speeches. Because of its brevity, the guests who do wrong to be late to the ceremony.
* American brides usually wear a white, off-white, silver, or very light-colored dress, particularly in their first marriage. Brides can choose any color but black is strongly discouraged by some as it is the color of mourning in the West.
* Uncooked rice is sometimes thrown at the newlyweds as they leave the ceremony to symbolize fertility. Some individuals, churches and communities choose birdseed due to a false but widely believed myth that birds will crack eating the rice. Because of the mess that rice and birdseed make, modern couples often leave in clouds of bubbles.
* The wedding party may form a receiving line at this point, or later at a wedding reception, so every guest can greet the entire wedding party short.
At the wedding reception
* Drinks, snacks, or maybe mix a full meal, especially at long receptions are served while the guests and wedding party.
* Often, the best men and / or bridesmaids will toast newlyweds with personal thoughts, stories, and well-wishes; sometimes follow other guests with their own toast. Champagne is usually provided for this purpose.
* In a symbolic cutting of the wedding cake, the couple may have put together a cake knife and cut the first pieces of the wedding cake, which they feed each other. In some subcultures, they may deliberately smear cake on each other’s face, which is considered dirty elsewhere.
* If you are offered to dance, the newlyweds first dance together briefly. Sometimes an additional protocol is followed, each dances next with a parent, and then possibly with other members of the wedding party. Special numbers are chosen by the couple, especially for a mother / son dance and a father / daughter dance. In some subcultures, a dollar dance place where guests are expected to dance with one of the newlyweds, and give them a small amount of cash. This practice, like any suggestion that the guests owe money to the couple, it is considered rude in most social groups as it is contrary to basic western etiquette.
* In the middle of the twentieth century it was common for a bride throwing her bouquet over her shoulder to the assembled unmarried women during the reception. The woman who catches it, superstition, the next will to marry. In a similar process, her groom to the bride’s garter tosses the unmarried men, followed by the man who put the garter on the leg of the woman caught caught the bouquet. While still in many circles, these practices (especially the latter) are less favor in the 21st century. 
The purpose of the guests they invite to witness the marriage of a couple ceremony and vows and to share in their joy and celebration. Gifts for the bride and groom are optional, although most guests try to at least give a token gift of their best wishes. Some couples and families feel, contrary to proper etiquette, in return for the charges they put into entertaining and feeding their guests, the guest must pay the same expensive gifts or cash.
The couple often registers for gifts at a store well in advance of their marriage. This allows them to make a list of household items, usually including china, silverware and crystal work, bedding or other material, pots and pans, etc. Records are meant to help the guests with the gifts of the newlyweds really want make select, and the service is sufficiently profitable that most retailers, from luxury stores to discount stores, allow. Registry information shall, according to etiquette, only for guests at the direct request, and never in the invitation. Some couples in addition to or instead register with services that gave money intended to create items such as a honeymoon, home purchase or college fund fund possible. Some find bridal registries inappropriate because they are contrary to traditional notions behind gifts like that all donations are optional and delightful surprises personally chosen by the sender, and that records lead to a form of price competition, if the couple knows the cost of each gift. Traditionally, marriages were considered a personal event and inviting people to the wedding who are not familiar with at least one member of the couple well enough to be able to make an appropriate gift was considered inappropriate to choose, and records should therefore superfluous . Whether or not considered appropriate, others believe that weddings are opportunities to extract funds or special gifts from as many people as possible, and that even an invitation carries an expectation of monetary reward rather than congratulations.
Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: Wedding March) and includes the reception dance music:
* Various works for trumpet and organ, perhaps the most famous of which are the Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke as a procession, the “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell and the “Trumpet Voluntary” by John Stanley recessionals.
* Selections from George Frideric Handel, perhaps most notably his Water Music, the “Air” as procession and the “Alla Hornpipe” as recession.
* The “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, often used as the processional and commonly known as “Here Comes the Bride.” Richard Wagner is said to be anti-Semitic,  and as a result, the Bridal Chorus is often not used to having been Jewish weddings.
* Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D is an alternative procession.
* The “Wedding March” from Felix Mendelssohn incidental music for the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, used as a recession.
* The “Toccata” from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony for Organ No. 5, used as a recession.
* Segments of the Ode to Joy, the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
* At wedding receptions, Der Ententanz, a 1950s Swiss Oom-pah song known more in America as The Chicken Dance, has become a popular part of the reception dance music.