wedding planning

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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ONE PARTY IN SCOTLAND The person living in England or Wales acts ...

ONE PARTY IN SCOTLAND The person living in England or Wales acts exactly as already stated according to the form of marriage desired. The party living in Scotland must also give notice of marriage in accordance with the provisions described under the heading Scottish Marriages. Since the Marriage (Scotland) Act, 1939, notices issued in England and Wales are valid in Scotland and vice versa, provided only one of the parties resides in Scotland.

Note, however, that marriages by licence in a registrar£s office in England or Wales are not possible in these cases. ONE PARTY IN IRELAND The procedure is similar to that set out in the two preceding paragraphs except that, in Ireland, notice is given to the District Registrar of Marriages, while the residence qualification is seven days instead of fifteen days, as in Scotland.

SCOTTISH MARRIAGES It should be noted that, by the laws of Scotland, a youth or a girl of and over the age of sixteen may contract a marriage without consent of parents or guardians. Marriage in Scotland may only take place provided one or both of the parties have been resident there for fifteen days. It is important to remember that, under Scots law, the legal day is reckoned from midnight to midnight. In the case of a person who is not permanently domiciled in Scotland, the day of arrival and the day of departure do not count as part of the legal period of residence.

Since the Marriage (Scotland) Act, 1939, came into force on July 1st, 1940, irregular marriages by declaration in the presence of two witnesses and by other quaint methods are now invalid unless contracted before that date. This ended the now legendary 'anvil' marriages at Gretna Green. Marriages may be solemnized before a minister of one denomination or another in the presence of two witnesses aged sixteen years or over. It is required that one of the contracting parties must have been resident in Scotland for fifteen days immediately prior to giving notice of marriage while the wedding must have been publicly proclaimed by banns or 'notice'. By law, the banns must be read in church on three consecutive Sundays.

Common consent has however long deemed one Sunday to be sufficient. The necessary certificate is then issued and is available for three months.

Marriage before a registrar is now governed by the Marriage (Scotland) Act, 1939. When Notice of Marriage is given to a registrar, he records particulars in his register on payment of a small fee. Details of such entries are then posted up on the outer wall of his office. If both parties to the marriage live in the same parish or district, one notice, given jointly, is sufficient, but if the man and woman reside in different districts each must give notice individually to their respective registrars, and pay the fees for the entries of notice and certificates of due publication independently. After the expiry of seven days, application must be made for a certificate of due publication which the registrar will issue for a small fee, provided, of course, no objection has been lodged which is likely to debar the marriage.

The Wedding May Then Take Place At Any Time Within Three Months. ...

The parents' responsibilities by tradition, it is the bride's father who stands ...

THE PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES BY tradition, it is the bride's father who stands the note for the bulk of the wedding expenses. It is he

Duties Of The Bridesmaids As The Etiquette Surrounding Weddings Has Become Less ...