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Which side does the father of the bride walk down the aisle with the bride?

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The father traditionally holds the brides right arm with his left, because in days gone by, he would need to have access to his sword. This was done in order to fend off would be attackers; the sword was commonly drawn with the right hand.

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Where do the Groomsmen stand during the Ceremony?

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The groomsmen arrive before the bride and stand with the groom and Celebrant.

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What is the Processional?

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This is when the bride enters the ceremony.

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What is the Processional? What is the Processional?
 

What is the Recessional?

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This is when the bride and groom depart their ceremony.

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Have you ever been reviewed by any online wedding sites?

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Yes, I have been reviewed by Rock My Wedding and Off Beat Bride.

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Where do the bride and groom stand during a Ceremony?

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The bride and groom are the central focus of a ceremony, so they generally stand facing each otehr holding hands. I prefer to stand well-away from the bride and groom, so as not to interfere with the photos.

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Why does a bride where a veil?

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This is an old tradition, designed to conceal the bride's identity from any lurking spirits, as she walked down the aisle.

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When does the bride lift her veil back during the ceremony?

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There are three possible points at which a bride may lift her veil. 1 - The father of the bride can lift her veil back during the hand-over to the groom. 2 - The groom can lift her veil back just prior to the commencement of the ceremony. 3 - The groom can lift her veil back just before the big kiss, after they are pronounced husband and wife.

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What can guests scatter over the bride and groom after the ceremony?

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Confetti, rice, bubbles or rose petals (synthetic or organic). Many venues impose restrictions on what can be scattered.

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What is the latest time a bride can arrive at her ceremony?

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Whilst there is no actual time, any longer than 15 minutes would be impolite.

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When is the most traditional time for a bride to raise her veil?

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The most traitional time for a bride to lift her veil would be just before the big kiss, just after the couple are pronounced husband and wife. This is a time honoured tradition, whilst the groom has the pleasure of revealing the bride.

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When is the most traditional time for a bride to raise her veil? When is the most traditional time for a bride to raise her veil?
 

Is it normal for a bride or groom to cry during their ceremony?

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Yes, I see brides and grooms cry regular. In fact many guests including mums, dads, grandparents, and even children cry at weddings. It's perfectly normal..

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Is it normal for a bride or groom to cry during their ceremony? Is it normal for a bride or groom to cry during their ceremony?
 

Is it OK for the bride to be late?

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Yes, it is commonly accepted (and often expected), that the bride will arrive late to her ceremony. Brides are traditionally 15 minutes late, although many brides arrive later than this.

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Why do some Celebrants ask the bride and broom to face their guests during the ceremony?

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Some Celebrants prefer the traditional Catholic church approach to weddings, where the bride and groom will often sit on a chair facing their guests throughout the ceremony. I prefer to take the pressure of the wedding couple, which is why couples face me (the Celebrant) during the early part of the ceremony.

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How many songs can I have for the Processional?

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Many modern brides choose to have 1 song for the entrance of the bridesmaids, and 1 song for the entrance of the bride.

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What is the Finale at a Ceremony?

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This is the period immediately following the recessional, after the bride and groom have departed their ceremony.

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What is the purpose of The Asking?

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The Asking is used to verify if the bride and groom are getting married because they want to (and not because they were forced or mislead).

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Who starts and stops the music during a Ceremony?

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The bride and groom normally select someone to start and stop the musc during the ceremony, if a staff member is not provided for by the venue.

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Can my bridal party be involved in the Rehearsal?

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Yes, it is important that as many people who are involved in your wedding attend the rehearsal, including bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boys.

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What is the United Hands Forever Ritual?

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This is where the bride and groom join hands, whilst a 'plaster cast' of the moment is captured for eternity.

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What is the Pagan Handfasting Ritual?

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Derived from the Pagan tradition, Handfasting is where the bride and groom drape a ribbon of their choice, material and colour across their hands during the marriage ceremony.

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Why do bridesmaids carry bridal bouquets?

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This is an old tradition that predates modern sanitary appliances. Put simply, floral bouquets made the bride and her bridesmaids smell nicer.

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What is the tradition for having bridesmaids?

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Bridesmaids were traditionally believed to be decoys, protecting the bride as she made her way down the aisle. Any lurking spirits were expected to take the bridesmaids first, believing them to be the bride. As the bridesmaids were taken away, the bride was free to make her way happily to wedded bliss.

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Should my parents come to the rehearsal?

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it is important for them to be there (only) if they are involved in the ceremony, Traditionally the father of the bride has a role (walking the bride down the aisle), and sometimes the mother of the bride. The parents of the groom often have no role, unless they are partaking in a reading or ritual.

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Is there an order to seating guests at a ceremony?

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Traditionally, close family and friends will sit (or stand), closer to the bride and groom. Guests who are further away from he bride and groom tend to be more distant in relationship.

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