Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .Marriage in the United States is a legal, social, and religious institution.
Whites, African Americans, and Native Americans have the highest rates of being widowed ranging from 5%-6.5%.
They also have the highest rates of divorce among the three, ranging from 11%-13% with Native Americans having the highest divorce rate.
In the United States, the two ethnic groups with the highest marriage rates included Asians with 58.5% and Whites with 52.9%.
Asians have the lowest rate of divorce among the main groups with 1.8%.
The bride and her female friends may enjoy a bachelorette party to match the men's bachelor party.
Weddings are sometimes held outdoors or in other buildings instead of churches, and officiants may not be religious leaders but other people licensed by the state.The best man often organizes a bachelor party shortly before the wedding, where male friends join the groom in a "last night of freedom" from the responsibilities of marriage. During the ceremony, the bride and groom vow their love and commitment for one another with church-provided vows.Modern weddings often deviate from these traditions.In 2005, it was estimated that 20% of marriages would end in divorce within five years.As a rough rule, marriage has more legal ramifications than other types of bonds between consenting adults.Augustine (Spanish Florida), is the first known and recorded Christian marriage anywhere in what is now the continental United States. President John Adams wrote in his diary that the ideal spouse was willing to "palliate faults and mistakes, to put the best construction upon words and actions, and to forgive injuries." While about 96% of residents in their 70s and 80s were married at least once, many were widowed due to the death of their spouses.