Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Ideas

Consider incorporating a memorable quote or saying into your cake design.

To cut costs - order a cake for half of the guests: “half-servings” can be served which you can supplement with ice cream or fruit. OR have the cake of your dreams made on a small scale for a price you can comfortably afford, and then order a cheaper option of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen.

It’s Showtime

Make certain that great care is taken transporting the cake. Ask if the cake designer can deliver - also make certain that the baker has a contact person at the reception so he or she can give the catering manager / event planner information on handling it!

Ceremony Etiquette

Which side of the church do I sit?

The left side of the church is the brides side. The right side of the church is the groom’s side. If the two side look uneven it’s perfectly acceptable for the ushers to escort guests to the side that has less people. If it’s a Jewish wedding, switch side... bride on the right, groom on the left.

What do I do with the engagement ring?

Before the ceremony, put your engagement ring on your right hand. After the groom puts your wedding band on, you can slip on your engagement ring. Your wedding band should be worn first so that it’s closer to your heart.

On which side of the church does the bride walk up the aisle with her father? Traditionally, the bride walks on her father’s left side. If the bride has a long train, you might want to consider being on your father’s right side so that he doesn’t have to walk around your train to take his seat.

What is the order of the recessional?

  • Bride & Groom first.
  • Flower girl & Ring Bearer next.
  • Maid of Honour & Best Man
  • Bridesmaids & Ushers in coupled pairs.
  • If you have an attendant without a partner they walk alone.

What is the correct order for the attendants in the processional?

The groom and best man are already at the altar.

  • Groomsmen first.
  • Bridesmaids follow.
  • Maid of honour.
  • Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
  • Bride walks with her father, other escort or by herself.
  • If you have a big wedding party your groomsmen and bridesmaids can walk in pairs.

What do I do with my veil at the ceremony?

Your maid of honour will help you put your veil over your face before you walk down the isle. Afterward your father walks you down the aisle he will turn your veil up and give you a kiss. Your maid of honour will fix the veil so that it’s in place.

When do I give my bouquet to my maid of honour?

After your father has kissed you and your maid of honour fixes your veil, you can hand her your bouquet. Your maid of honour will bring your bouquet up to the altar with her when your marriage certificates are being signed and will hand it over to you after you have finished signing. Remember to place your bouquet with the heads of the flowers outwards for the photographer.

I have children, can I wear a white dress?

Etiquette states that you shouldn’t wear white but choose off white or have coloured accents sewn into your white dress. Etiquette also states that you can’t wear a veil, choose a tiara, floral head piece or hat.

Who sits in the reserved seats and how can I reserve seats or pews in the church?

Reserved seats are for immediate family and anyone else that is important to you. These seats are up front... best seats in the house. Use bows, decorations or rope off the seats / pews that are reserved. Let your ushers know who will be sitting in the reserved sections.

Who walks me down the aisle my father or stepfather?

If you are very close to both men your father is the one gets the privilege.

Should I have a receiving line at the church?

If you are not having a reception or a receiving line at your reception location. then yes. Ask the church if they will allow you to have a receiving line on their property first. If there is another wedding immediately following yours, the church may require you to leave the premises.