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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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 who provides the reception and pays for announcements, invitations, bridal gown and trousseaux (traditionally also the dresses and head-dresses worn by the bridesmaids), the services of the choir and the organist in church and the transport of guests other than the immediate bridal party. The costs accruing to the groom are the church or register office fees (for lists of wedding expenses see back pages), the flowers to be carried by the bride and the bridesmaids, and the buttonholes which will be worn by the best man, the bride's parents, his own parents and himself. He buys the ring and organizes and pays for the bridal cars.

It is the bride's father's responsibility to 'give the bride away', driving with her in the last car to leave for the church walking with her up the gangway and answering the clergyman's question, 'Who giveth this woman?', with the response, 'I do'. It is the bride's father's responsibility when the ceremony is over to escort the groom's mother to the vestry and down the gangway, leaving with her in the third car. If there is a formal wedding breakfast, he sits on the bride's left with the bridegroom's mother next to him / her.

The bride's father should be in formal dress if this is the choice of the groom and best man. Where guests are coming a long distance to attend the wedding and cannot be put up at the bride's home, it is the responsibility of the bride's father to make arrangements for their accommodation either `boarding them out' with friendly neighbours or taking hotel accommodation on their behalf. The duties of the bride's mother are mainly in planning and preparation-it is usual that catering arrangements, whether self-catering or by hire caterers will be wholly her responsibility. In the actual ceremony, however, her role is minimal.

Her dress is, however, much noted by guests and, if there is a press report of the event, details of her outfit will be listed next to that the bride and bridesmaids. In church her place is in the front pew to the left of the gangway and at the conclusion of the ceremony she should walk with bridegroom's father into the vestry and kiss the bride immediately after the new husband. She leaves with the groom's father by the second car in order to take her place next to the bridal couple in the receiving queue at the reception. If there is a formal breakfast, she sits on the right of the bridegroom with his father on her right.

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

The best man it is customary for the best man to be ...

THE BEST MAN It is customary for the best man to be a bachelor, but a groom who prefers to ask a married mate to act as his supporter is quite at liberty to do so.

The Wedding Preparation Duties Of The Best Man Include Helping The Groom ...

The wedding preparation duties of the best man include helping the groom to choose his wardrobe for the ceremony and if morning dress is to be hired the best man will