The Azorean Marriage is a ancient and once-powerful country rich with tradition and heritage. The big moment for the groom would take on the church, because he could not see his bride until she entered the church. For the ceremony the traditional bride wears a white tunic. The groom wears a dark suit, white shirt. At the conclusion of the ceremony, as the bride and groom are placing their wedding bands on each other’s hand, the priest covers the couple with his stole. Then, as the happy couple exit the church, their friends and family throw flowers and rice. Azorean weddings usually takes place in a private home or, more frequently these days, in a restaurant. They typically include traditional music and dance a lot. The ancient custom of handing over the bride's shoe all around Guests to donate money, give people the couple set up their new home, is still preserved, and visitors eager to join the festivities and participate in this ritual.