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?
WEDDING SYMBOLS OF all the insignia of love and marriage, there is ...
WEDDING SYMBOLS OF all the insignia of love and marriage, there is no symbol more important or interwoven with sentiment than the golden circle with which the union is sealed, yet by an Act of Parliament passed in 1837, a marriage legally may take place without it. Tradition and sentiment alone have made it more essential to the bride than her wedding gown, veil or even the altar. Its circular shape, without beginning or end, is an emblem of perfect union, the merging of two entities; its substance, gold, being chosen not only because it is the most precious metal, but because like true love, wear only brightens and polishes its shining surface. Herrick describes it: `Und as this round is nowhere found to flaw, or else to sever; so let our love as endless prove, and pure as gold for ever'. It is placed on the third finger of the bride's left hand, tradition has it, because a vein connected with the heart reaches to the root of the finger.
The bridal bouquet signifies more than personal adornment. In olden times it formed part of the wreaths and garlands which were hung about revellers on any festive occasion and can be considered therefore as a happiness emblem.
Perhaps this is why the bride tosses her flowers, and the feminine catcher is marked as herself the next bride. Veils have certainly been worn by brides since Biblical times as they are still worn full-time by many women in the Middle East to the present day. Often the veil was a help in getting an unattractive girl 'off the shelf, as in the famous Old Testament story of Leah and Rachael, where the unfortunate groom, after working for his future father-in-law for seven years to win the hand of the lovely younger daughter Rachael, found himself with her veiled elder sister and had to work a further seven years to also win the girl of his choice. The habit of throwing an old shoe after the departing bridal car or tying one to its bumper is the perpetuation of the Anglo-Saxon custom, whereby the father of the bride had to give one of her shoes to the new husband.
He then tapped his wife / partner lightly on the head with the tip of it to signify that he would in future be lord and master. Tradition or, as it would now probably more properly be described, superstition once strongly influenced the dates couples chose for their weddings.