There really is no 'standard' way to do a wedding, traditions and events will vary depending on your culture, religious affiliation, and family. That being said, here is a list of events we see a lot at weddings!
Before The Ceremony:
Couple's First Look - Couples sometimes choose to see each other before the wedding as a way to make their first look at each other more intimate
First Look with Bride and Father
Holding hands, but not seeing each other before - Sometimes referred to as the 'First Touch'. Some couples will just take a moment to talk to each other before the ceremony, others exchange vows, and others sometimes will pray
During the Ceremony:
Exchanging of Vows - A classic way to express your love for each other!
Tying the Knot - Literally! Usually 3 cords of various colors are braided together by the couple to symbolize their families coming together and being stronger when working as one
Sand Ceremony - The couple pours sand of multiple colors into a jar to mix the colors, symbolizing their lives coming together and becoming inseparable like the various colors of sand that are now mixed
During the Reception:
Grand Entrance - we can't recommend this one enough! Bringing in the wedding party (or even just the couple) with an announcer and some music really sets the mood for fun!
Welcome Speech - Can be given by the newlyweds, parents of the newlyweds, or both!
Toasts, First Dances - Although common, they are a must- have. Typical first dances are the couple, then Father/Daughter, followed by Mother/Son
Garter Throw/Bouquet Toss
Some fun additions that are more cultural and specific to New Mexico are La Marcha, which is a group dance that is typically led by family members with experience doing this (there are a lot of specific parts to it!), and the Dollar Dance, which is a great opportunity for guests to donate money to the couple by 'paying' a dollar or more to dance with them. Make sure you have someone designated to help you collect money from guests such as a Best Man and Maid of Honor!
Grand Exit - Sparkler exits are the way to go, but check with your venue ahead of time to make sure it is allowed. If not, bubble exits are a blast as well!