Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift offering, rings, symbolic item, flowers, money, and a public proclamation of marriage.
The send off often includes throwing rice (a symbol of prosperity and fertility) or other seeds at the nwlyweds in most of the Western world, as well as for example India and Malaysia. Despite fears of the opposite, the use of uncooked rice for this purpose is not harmful to birds.
First dance as a couple, and the cutting of an elegant wedding cake. In recent years traditions has changed to include a father-daughter dance for the bride and her father, and sometimes also a mother-son dance for the groom and his mother.