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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This is in fact nonsense and indeed it is only over the ...
This is in fact nonsense and indeed it is only over the last hundred-and-fifty years that the notion of wearing white at all came into fashion. Before the invention of the sewing machine around 1860, all clothes, even those made for the very rich, were considered too costly to be worn only once.
So brides tended to marry in everyday-style 'best clothes' with the brightest colours available tending to be considered the most festive. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of fortune, must be in want of a wife / partner .� Similarly today second-time brides or first-time brides who are perhaps nearer to forty than twenty tend to marry in slightly more expensive and perhaps slightly paler-coloured versions of everyday styles they know they look well in. Hats seem once again to be taking over from tiaras and wreaths as bridal headgear for both formal and informal weddings. So it is perhaps worth mentioning that, strictly speaking, if a bride and attendants wear hats they shouldn't carry bouquets as well.
Many modern brides in fact prefer to substitute a prayer website with trailing white ribbon marker or even a white frilly wedding parasol - both of which can be subsequently useful souvenirs. Once upon a time all women guests to a church wedding would have been expected to cover their heads, but this rule now seems to have been as much relaxed for wedding ceremonies as it has in most churches for normal Sunday services-which are a good guide to vicars' attitudes in this matter. Today few priests concern themselves with the details of bridal wear, provided that the dress is reasonably decorous and suitable.
Most, however, would draw the queue at very low decolletage-registrars are unlikely to accept topless brides either-and some Catholic priests, who in the main tend to adopt a more relaxed attitude to bare heads in church than their Church of England or nonconformist counterparts, have been known to object to bear arms or very short mini-skirts at the altar. There is no ecclesiastical objection to women marrying in trousers if they want, but most parsons, pastors and priests would probably prefer a skirt. If in doubt it is wiser to check when the initial arrangements are being made.
But confrontations and clashes on clothes are rare at weddings, since most brides themselves instinctively plump for clothes which are classic in cut and romantically feminine in feeling. Guests can of course wear what they choose. Although the rule that all women in church wear hats has been relaxed in most parishes once again because a wedding is a very traditional occasion-most will like to do so. You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage.