Timeless: American Wedding Traditions of Yesterday and Today

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In our world it is rare to find establishments that transcend the boundaries of culture and time. Weddings, however, have existed in societies throughout the world for thousands of years. In American culture we have established our own set of traditions to accompany these significant events in the lives of individuals which mark the beginning of a lifelong commitment between two people. Over the years these traditions have developed into popular social events which shape our culture and our society. Why did these traditions form, how have they changed through the years, and what do they signify about American society?