QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What side are we supposed to stand on during the ceremony?
If you're in a church and are facing the altar, it is usual for the bride to stand on the left side and the groom on the right. Guests should follow suit, sitting on the side of whoever they know best or are related to. Mutual friends can sit on the side that has fewer people. If your wedding is not held in a church you can choose to stand on either side. If the bride chooses the traditional left hand side facing the front some brides prefer their family to sit on the right hand side so that they have full view of the bride and the groom's family on the left so they also have full view of the groom.
Who lifts my veil?
The rules have been rewritten with modern veil styles. If you have a traditional veil style that is draped over your face, there are two options. Your father can lift your veil when he gives you away, 'revealing' you to the groom. The other option is for the groom to lift your veil just before the kiss.
Where do I put my engagement ring during the ceremony?
You can have someone hold it for you or you can wear your engagement ring on your right hand. If you want to wear it for your reception you can put it on after the ceremony.
Is there an appropriate way to kiss at the ceremony?
Your first kiss as a married couple doesn't have to be a peck. Do what comes naturally, as long as it doesn't involve visible tongue and last more than a few seconds.
When should I take off my veil after the ceremony?
There are two optimal times to take off your veil. While it is perfectly okay to wear your veil for the entire reception the first option is after the ceremony (ask your hairstylist to show your bridesmaid how to do this without messing up your hairstyle). The second option is after the first dance while your guests are eating. Once you have taken your veil off you can take it to your bridal suite or have it 'decorate' your chair.
What's the best way to greet guests if I don't want a receiving line?
If you don't want to greet your guests in an assembly line at the reception you can do so during the reception by going from table to table during the first course. Of course it is necessary for you to have time to eat and enjoy the first course yourself. You can make a short speech thanking guests for coming also thanking parents and vendors or anyone else who has helped with wedding expenses. This moment shouldn't take the place of personal interaction with guests, it can be a great opportnity to let them know how much their support means to you.
When does the groom take his place prior to the arrival of the bride?
It is appropriate for the groom to mingle with guests prior to the bride arriving. Usually the celebrant receives a message from a member of the bridal party, guest or events co-ordinator informing her of the arrival of the bride and her attendants. The celebrant then asks the groom and his attendants to take their places before the bride arrives and also informs the guests of the impending arrival of the bride.
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