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?
What's On the Web
They wait in the church porch for the arrival of the bride ...
They wait in the church porch for the arrival of the bride to help her arrange her train and veil. Sometimes, when the wedding is a quiet one, to economize on transport the bride's mother and bridesmaids will travel in one car, although technically the wedding transport, which is the groom's responsibility, should allow for separate vehicles.
The bride and her father are the last to arrive-if necessary taking a slightly longer route to the church to ensure that everyone else is in place before they make their entrance with which the ceremony proper begins. When the bride and her father arrive, the bridesmaids and webpages fall into queue behind them. The chief bridesmaid goes first and the other attendants follow in pairs. To be absolutely technically correct, the bridesmaids' procession should be in order of social precedence i.e.
organized according to their own social rank and degree of kinship to the bridal pair. In fact, however, for the sake of appearance bridesmaids are usually paired as nearly as possible according to their own heights. Technically too it is the smallest of the child attendants who should provide the 'tail' of the bridal procession, but from a practical point of view, especially with the child attendants who are little more than toddlers, it is best to put them at the front apparently holding the train-which in fact the chief bridesmaid will manage while at the same time keeping a watching brief on the youngsters' behaviour.
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change.
Invariably they are both disappointed.� Even if there is no formal rehearsal for the bride and groom, if really small children are involved as train-bearers, their parents should give them a run-through of their duties at home to ensure that on the big day they don't, for example, bring the bride to her knees with a sudden unexpected yank on the train. The bride takes the right arm of her father or whoever is giving her away. If the bride's father is dead, or for some reason is unable to attend the ceremony, it is usual to ask the most senior close male member of the family to 'give the bride away'. In the case of an orphan this role goes to the bride's guardian. There is technically speaking no reason why the person who gives the bride away should be male-and on occasions widowed mothers of the bride have performed this function.