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?
This service can be performed at any stage after the civil marriage, ...
This service can be performed at any stage after the civil marriage, but as the devout would normally wish it to take place prior to the honeymoon, it is usual for bridal couple accompanied by their parents, the best man and a close female mate of the bride who is performing the role of chief bridesmaid to slip away for a few minutes between the civil ceremony and the reception to a nearby church where the blessing can be performed. A blessing is essentially however a private ceremony and it would be bad form to enter the church accompanied by the entire and now revelling bridal retinue.
Widows or divorcees remarrying would not of course wear their original wedding rings to the second ceremony-and should not in courtesy to their second husbands wear their first wedding rings again after the second ceremony. In fact where the previous marriage has been a happy one-widows, or even divorcees by consent-do not wish to totally discard this souvenir of earlier joys.
In such circumstances a happy compromise can be reached by turning the wedding ring into a dress ring by the addition of a gemstone, ideally a stone which is a gift from the second husband. Invitations for a second wedding can be issued by the bride herself, and she can marry from her own home and still be considered to be conducting the wedding in a conventionally correct manner.
Normally, however, second-time brides would prefer to marry from the house of their parents or some close mate. Invitations for second weddings of a formal character are worded as follows, with the guest's name written in the left-hand corner: `Mr and Mrs. Jesse request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of Mrs. Albert Jones with Major Leslie Thompson at St.
Alan's Church, Bayswater, W.2. on June 15th at 12.30 p.m. and afterwards at 18 Queen's Terrace, Nottingham Gate.' Second-time brides do not usually wear white, and it is not usual for them to be accompanied by bridesmaids.
Often, however, a close female mate of approximately the same age as the bride will be on hand to fulfil much the same functions-including holding the bride's flowers during the ceremony. Sometimes widows or divorcees with grown-up or near grown-up daughters will ask them to perform this function for them.