In the last 50 years, divorce has become more prevalent.
In 2005, it was estimated that 20% of marriages would end in divorce within five years.
The separation rate was 1.8% for males and 0.1% for females.
African Americans have married the least of all of the predominant ethnic groups in the U. with a 29.9% marriage rate, but have the highest separation rate which is 4.5%.
Modern weddings often deviate from these traditions.
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.Marriage laws have changed considerably during United States history, including the removal of bans on interracial marriage and same-sex marriage.