At a Christian wedding, a man and woman are officially joined together as husband and wife. The event is normally characterized by the exchange of vows and presence of witnesses.
Most Christian weddings take place in a church but may sometimes be held at another location chosen by the bride and groom. Family, friends and several church members are normally invited to attend the marriage ceremony. The ceremony is officiated by a pastor or any available senior member of the church. Traditionally, the bride's father walks her down the aisle and gives her away during a Christian ceremony. The bride and groom then exchange vows and rings in the presence of the invited guests. The officiant later announces the couple's union in holy matrimony.