Questions & Answers
1.Who pays for the wedding?
2.Where do I start with my guest list?
3.Who do we invite if we're getting married abroad?
4.Who sends the invitations and when?
5.Should I set a dress code?
6. What time should the bride & groom get to the ceremony?
7.Do my bridesmaids enter before or after me?
8. What duties do the best man and ushers have?
9.Can my pet dog be part of my wedding?
10.Do we have to have favours?
11.Do we need a receiving line?
12.Should we offer a choice of food?
13.When are the speeches and in what order?
14.When should we register our gift list?
15.Can we ask for cash instead of presents?
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THE CEREMONY FOR the principle participants in a wedding ceremony, learning the ...
THE CEREMONY FOR the principle participants in a wedding ceremony, learning the 'rules' is easy. The person performing the ceremony, be he the registrar, parson, priest or rabbi is performing similar ceremonies as a regular, sometimes even daily, part of his duties. He can therefore usually be relied upon to guide the happy couple effortlessly through rehearsal of their roles in the ceremony, while at the same time making clear to them the timing and duration of the ceremony and any documentation which will be necessary to ensure the validity of the marriage.
In the case of a civil ceremony, such instruction will normally be given by the superintendent registrar or his assistant at the time the booking for the marriage is being made-although sometimes there will be a subsequent visit to inspect the marriage room itself and to tie up such final details as the provision of flowers. These are often supplied to decorate the marriage room by the local authorities in the district where the register office is sited. A small additional fee is charged for this service.
In the case of a religious ceremony the officiating clergyman may well run a series of 'classes' for couples about to be married. In an era when regular church attendance tends to be the exception rather than the rule, some parish priests may well feel that a course of spiritual instruction is necessary before they can in conscience permit the marriage to take place in church.
This will almost certainly be the case where one party is Catholic and the other has consented to conversion to allow the marriage to take place in a Catholic church. It will almost certainly be the case in mixed marriages involving an orthodox Jew and a gentile or a strict Moslem and an infidel.