"THE BARN"

AKF Entertainment's

 

"Wedding Budget"

and Reception

"CheckList"

A Complete Checklist & Worksheet

and

AKF Wedding Planner Form

 

"Bride's & Groom's CheckList"

How to Buy a Diamond!

Parents of the Groom!
The role of the grooms parents

Moment by Moment as the Special Day Unfoldes... Countdown to "I Do"

Print a copy of this work sheet to help you plan your Wedding Budget. from www.Lovegevity.com

 


"The Barn" AKF Entertainment
AKF Wedding Planning Form
General Information:



Bride's Name:_________________________
Groom's Name:________________________
Bride's Phone:_________________Groom'sPhone:__________________Email: _________________

Wedding Date:________ Ceremony Times:_______ Reception Times:_______



Banquet Venue: AKF Reception Hall at "The Barn" at Arabian Knights Farms, Willowbrook, IL.

Number of Guests:__________
Contact Person:____________

Guest Arrival:______________
Bridal Party Arrival:_________

Photographer:

Videographer:
Notes:

Bridal Party Introductions:


Grand Parents of the Bride:


Parents of the Bride:
Grand Parents of the Groom:
Parents of the Groom:
Usher(s): (1):
Usher(s): (2):
Usher(s): (3):
Flower Girl(s) & Ringbearer:
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (1):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (2):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (3):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (4):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (5)
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (6):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (7):
Bridesmaid & Groomsman (8):
Maid/Matron of Honor
Maid/Matron of Honor & Best Man:
Bride & Groom:


Reception Highlights:


Cocktail Music:
Dinner Music:
Introduction Music:
Toast By:
Blessing By:
Dinner Served :
Cake Cutting:
Bride and Groom Dance: Artist Name_________________ Song Title_____________________
Bride and Groom Song: Artist Name__________________ Song Title____________________
Bride and Father Dance: Artist Name_________________ Song Title_____________________
Bride and Father Song : Artist Name__________________Song Title_____________________
Groom and Mother Dance:Artist Name________________ Song Title______________________
Groom and Mother Song: Artist Name_________________ Song Title_____________________
Bridal Party Dance: Artist Name_____________________ Song Title__________________
Bridal Party Song: Artist Name______________________ Song Title___________________
Bouquet Toss: Artist Name_________________________ Song Title_________________
Garter Toss: Artist Name___________________________ Song Title_______________
Last Dance of Evening: Artist Name__________________ Song Title_____________________
Brides Song List:_______Artist Name________________ Song Title________________________

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"Bride's & Groom's CheckList"

 

Marriage & Ceremony Fees

Marriage License
Pre-Nuptial Agreement
Blood & Medical Tests*
Church/Venue Fee
Officiant Honorarium
Alter Boys/Others Tips
Pre-Marital Classes

Sub-Total

Reception Venue Fees

Venue Rental
Dinner/Catering Cost
Alcohol, Table Wine & Bar Services
Rental Supplies & Equipment*
Hors d'oeuvres & Sweet Tables
Champagne Fountains
Table Centerpieces
Decorations
Guest Favors
Disposable Cameras
Valet Parking
Gift Table
Cake Cutting Fee
Gratuities*
Time Extention on Venue Rental

Sub-Total

Groom's Wedding Attire

Tuxedo/Suit Purchase/Rental
Shirt & Undergarments
Shoes
Watch/Jewelry & Accessories
Coat, Scarf, Gloves

Sub-Total

Bride's Wedding Attire

Wedding Gown
Shoes & Handbag
Veil/Headpiece & Gloves
Undergarments & Hosiery
Jewelry
Alternate Shoes/Slippers for Reception
Wedding Night Lingerie
Garter
Coat or Wrap, Scarf, Gloves
Fittings & Alterations
Gown Preservation

Sub-Total

Invitations & Printed Items

lnvitations, RSVPs, & Envelopes
Wedding Programs/Pew Cards
Engagement Announcements
Thank You Notes
Matches/Seating Cards
Napkins
Pre-Wedding Party Invitations
Personal Stationery & Envelopes
Guestbook & Pen
Newspaper Announcements
Calligraphy
Invitations Postage
RSVP Postage/RSVP Service

Sub-Total

Photography & Videography

Engagement Portraits
Ceremony & Reception Photography
Multi-Camera Fees
Wedding Album
Parents' Albums
Touch-Up Fees
Second Shoot Location (ie: outdoor location)
Extra Prints/Black & White Prints
Negatives
Ceremony & Reception Videography
Multi-Camera Fees

Slide Presentation

Storybook

Biography

Video Recap/Highlights
Black & White Footage
Special Effects, Titles & Editing
Duplicate Tapes
Postage/Delivery Fees

Sub-Total

 

Floral Arrangements

Ceremony Arrangements
Reception Arrangements
Rehearsal Dinner Arrangements
Bride's Bouquet
Bride's Tossing Bouquet
Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaids' Bouquets
Groom's Boutonniere
Best Man & Groomsmens' Boutonnieres
Flower Girl's Bouquet or Petals & Basket
Ring Bearer Boutonniere
Mother/Grandmother Corsages
Father/Grandfather Boutonnieres
Ceremony Gift Roses for Parents/Grandparents
Godparents' Corsages & Boutonnieres
Ushers' Boutonnieres
Petal Tosses (in place of rice)
Florist's Delivery/Set-Up Fees
Bouquet Preservation

Sub-Total

 

Bakery Items

Wedding Cake
Cake Top, Knife & Server
Groom's Cake
Sweet Table Pastries
Cake Delivery Fees

Sub-Total

Music Arrangements

Ceremony Musician/Soloist
Reception DJ, Band, Orchestra
Cocktail & Dinner Musician
Extended Reception Music Fees
CDs of Songlist (offered by many DJs)

Sub-Total

Transportation

Limousine, Classic Car, or Horse & Carriage or Ride in on an Arabian Horse.
Transportation for Attendants*
Fee for Surpassing Reserved Time Limit
Driver Gratuity

Post-Reception

Travel to Airport/Hotel

Sub-Total

Gifts from Bride & Groom

Groom's Gift from Bride
Bride's Gift from Groom
Gifts for Maid of Honor & Bridesmaids
Gifts for Best Man & Groomsmen
Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Gifts
Parents' Gifts

Sub-Total

Honeymoon Needs

Wedding Night Accommodations
Honeymoon Accommodations
Airfare/Travel
Clothing, Accessories & Swimwear
Car Rental
Meals
Entertainment & Souvenirs
Luggage
Camera & Film, Videocamera & Tapes
Bath Necessities, Sunscreen & Tanning Lotion
Inoculations
Passport/Visa
Travelers' Cheques

Sub-Total

Necessities & Incidentals

Wedding Rings

Insurance/Jewelry

Rider Policy

Wedding Consultant/Planner
Wedding Planning Books & Software
Attendant Accommodations
Out-Of-Town Guest Accommodations
Pre-Wedding Dance Instruction
Unity Candles
Toasting Flutes
Ring Pillow
Envelope Cage/Wishing Well
Butterfly/Dove Releases, Bubbles or Rice
Extra Pair of Contacts Eye Glasses
Purse Tissues/Handkerchief
Extra Pair of Hosiery

Sub-Total

Dinners & Parties

Engagement Party
Wedding Shower & Personal Showers
Bridal Luncheon
Rehearsal Dinner
Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
Pre-Ceremony Luncheon/Tea for Attendants
Post-Ceremony Gift Opening Luncheon

Sub-Total

Personal Details

Pre-Wedding Hair Appointment
Day-Of Hair Appointment
Manicure/Pedicure
Make-Up/Beauty Consultation
Day Spa/Tanning Salon Treatments

Sub-Total

Total Wedding Cost All Sub-Totals 


 The Bride's Checklist

12 Months Before the wedding

1. Bookmark this site for easy future reference.
2. Select a wedding consultant to help you avoid wasting time or money.
3. Confirm ceremony date, time, and site with officiant.
4. Set a preliminary budget.
5. Select attendants.
6. Reserve the reception site.
7. Select and book caterers, photographers, videographers, florists, musicians, and other service providers.
8. Begin compiling guest list.
9. Select wedding dress, headpiece, and bridesmaid's dresses.
10. Start thinking about your honeymoon.

9 Months Before

1. Attend premarital classes.
2. Choose and order your dress accessories.
3. Register for china, gifts, etc.
4. Shop for a new home.

6 Months Before

1. Place deposits and sign contracts for wedding services.
2. Choose bridesmaid's dresses and accessories.
3. Choose flower girl's dress.
4. Make sure your visas and passports are up to date, if you're traveling.
5. Complete honeymoon plans with groom.
6. Discuss rehersal dinner with groom.

4 Months Before

1. Verify that the wedding gown, bridesmaid's dresses, and flower girl dress have been ordered.
2. Make sure addresses for guest list are up to date.
3. Order invitations, announcements, and any other personal stationary.
4. Choose and order formal wear for groom and attendants.
5. Make sure all out-of-town male attendants have submitted their measurements to your formal wear provider.
6. Verify that both mothers have selected and ordered either dresses.
7. Investigate requirements for medical test and other records for your marriage license.
8. Design a map to direct guests to the ceremony and reception sites.
9. Complete registering.
10. Shop for trousseau.

2 Months before

1. Schedule final fitting.
2. Finalize bridal registry.
3. Confirm ceremony details with your officiant.
4. Finish addressing invitations and announcements.
5. Finalize wardrobe for showers, pre-wedding parties, and honeymoon.
6. Shop for gifts for bridal party.
7. Shop for accessories, such as shoes, stockings, garter, purse, cake knife, candles, and guest registration book.
8. Choose wedding rings, and arrange for engraving.
9. Plan your bridesmaid's party.
10. Schedule and appointment with your hairdresser and make-up consultant.
11. Finalize and verify all details with service providers.
12. Order wedding cake.

6 Weeks before

1. Mail invitations.
2. Confirm all male and female attendants have been fitted for formalwear.
3. Set rehearsal and inform all who needed to be there.
4. Make final menu decisions.
5. Discuss wedding photo shots with photographer and videographer.
6. Send announcement to newspaper.
7. Write thank you notes for gifts.

2 Weeks Before

1. Pick up wedding gown, and confirm that it fits properly.
2. Take care of blood and medical tests, and marriage license.
3. Finalize musical selections for the ceremony and reception.
4. Finalize seating chart for reception.
5. Finish addressing announcements to mail on wedding day.

1 Week Before

1. Pick up wedding rings.
2. Give final guest count for the reception to your caterer.
3. Practice applying make-up for the wedding day, if you're doing it on your own.
4. Confirm details with all service providers.
5. Verify all bridesmaids and groomsman have picked up their formalwear.
6. Confirm that all attendants know when to arrive at the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner,and wedding ceremony.
7. Confirm honeymoon plans.
8. Make a list of names and pronunciati
on for the Best Man to mention in his introduction, if appropriate.
9. Cancel newspaper, and mail for while you're away.
10. Pay up coming bills that will be due while you are away.
11. Pack for honeymoon and purchase traveler's checks.
12. Arrange to move belongings to new home.

1-2 Days Before

1. Review any special seating arrangements with ushers.
2. Groom to pick up formalwear.
3. Make sure to have marriage license.
4. Check all final details with caterer, florist, musicians, etc.

The Night Before

Sleep, sleep, sleep-you have the biggest day of your life ahead of you. You want to look and feel your best. Make sure to make time with family, especially parents to share memories of times gone by and to say thank you take photos of your last hours at home as a single person. Take some time for yourself to be quiet. Close your eyes and visualize every step of the coming day. This will relax you and help prevent unforeseen incidents.

The morning of...

Have a small meal before leaving for the church don’t bring too many personal items to the church..less to worry about MOST IMPORTANT!!!! Stay Calm...if you run behind schedule-take a deep breath and remember that the ceremony will wait for you!!! Your family and friends want to see you shine-not be frazzled because you are running late-so relax -looking, feeling and radiating your happiness is what counts.

Countdown to "I Do"

2 hours till "I Do"... Groom, bestman and groomsmenget together begin dressing.

45 minutes... ushers arrive at the wedding sight, pick up boutonnieres and programs, go over seating plans, wait at the entrance to the church for the guests to arrive.

30 minutes... organ or some type of music begins,final check of marriage license, mother and attendants leave for the wedding site, ushers seating guests.

20 minutes... groom and best man arrive, father (or brides escort) and bride leave for the ceremony site.

10 minutes... bridal party and parents wait in the back of church while other relatives are seated.

5 minutes... mother of the groom is escorted to her seat (unless a Jewish ceremony) with grooms father walking right behind the usher, then taking his seat beside his wife...mother of the groom in the pew first with the father sitting on the aisle, bride and father arrive at ceremony site, mother of the bride is escorted down the aisle.

* 1 minute... if there is an aisle runner, two ushers walk in step to the front of the church and unroll the runner and walk in step to the back of the church, unrolling runner as they go... they then take their place in the procession. And now the moment you have waited for......the minister, priest or rabbi takes his/her place along with the groom and best man. (In Christian tradition, the groom and best man enter from chancel door and stand facing the congregation-at an angle-the groom standing nearest the minister, the best man one step behind the groom. In Jewish tradition, the groom and best man are part of the wedding procession. As the ceremony begins, the guests will rise to watch the bride make her entrance.

Smile... This is Your Special Moment!!!

 

Groom's Checklist
What's A Guy To Do???

Getting married can be an exciting and overwhelming time. While your bride is busy with all the fine details of planning the wedding you should be prepared for your responsibilities...

1. Buy an engagement ring.
2. Draw up wedding guest list and have your family make out theirs.
3. Choose and invite your best man and ushers in the wedding.
4. Choose formal wear with your bride to select outfits for you and ushers.
5. Choose gifts for ushers to be given out at the rehearsal dinner.
6. Choose your brides wedding present, something personal like jewelry or lingerie.
7. Select a wedding ring with the bride. This should be engraved on the inside with both of your initials and the date. A personal message is always special.
8. Plan the honeymoon several months before the big day to ensure reservations.
9. Traditionally the groom pays for the brides bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres.
10. Apply for the marriage license several weeks before and give it to the best man the day of the wedding.
11. Check to be sure you and the bride have all the necessary papers, birth certificates, blood test, baptismal certificates, etc.
12. Make insurance provisions for your new status.
13. Notify your attendants of time and place for rehearsal.
14. Provide the clergyman's fee, which is given to the bestman to hold on the wedding day.
15. Send a thank-you telegram to your brides parents the next day saying how lovely the event was.

Found the Perfect Girl; Now Find the Perfect Diamond
By Fred Cuellar
How to Buy a Diamond


Somewhere along the line it happened: Your honey went from being your honey to being THE honey of all honeys. A ring starts to weigh on your mind. But before you toss out all your little black books and get down on bended knee, you have to get a *ring*. Creative types might think they can get away with the ring from the Cracker Jack box, but we can't guarantee an enthusiastic "yes" from your desired spouse-to-be. Most likely, she'll be looking for something brilliant (but not necessarily, keep reading to the end) -- a diamond.

Blame it on the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who started the diamond engagement ring trend way back in 1477 when he presented one to his beloved, Mary of Burgundy. Ever since then, men have been saving up to buy one. Although we're sure there are a few savvy women out there saving up for a man's engagement ring, or even thrifty brides-to-be who are chipping in for their own! Anyway, although two month's salary is a good guideline to use in determining how much to spend, it's a very personal choice and, after all, love tends to blur one's guidelines a bit anyway.

There are six basic shapes to consider when diamond shopping: oval, round, marquise, emerald, pear-shaped, and heart-shaped. Most important, however, is the quality of the stone, and to determine quality you must understand the 4 C's, which are as follows.

Carat Weight & Clarity

Carat weight: The weight/size of a diamond is measured in carats.
One carat is divided into one hundred segments called "points."
As in the decimal system, one hundred and twenty five points equals one and a quarter carats.

 

Clarity: This is the degree to which a diamond is free of inclusions.
Where the inclusions lie, their size, and their type determine the value of the stone.
Inclusions are rated as follows:

F1 = Flawless

IF = Internally Flawless -- minor surface blemishes

VVS1-VVS2 = very, very small inclusions

VS1-VS2 = very small inclusions

SI1-SI2 = small inclusions

I1-I2-I3 = Imperfect -- inclusions visible to the eye Slight inclusions, although they reduce the value of a diamond, do not take anything away from its beauty




Color & Cut

Color: This is another aspect where scarcity determines value. Colorless diamonds are extremely scarce in nature. Gradations from high white to beginning yellows are not easily perceptible to an unpracticed eye. The exceptions to high value equaling colorless stones lie in the bright-colored diamonds, i.e., amber, red, blue, etc. These diamonds, in the larger sizes, command enormous prices and are quickly snatched up by collectors worldwide.

 

Cut: Today the art of diamond cutting has been refined to precise mathematical formulae. Most diamonds are cut with 58 facets. A good cut is determined by the stone's light-reflecting properties and its light dispersion. The cut you finally choose, however, is a matter of personal taste.

Your sweetie's not the diamond type? Why not consider a different gemstone? Although colored gemstone engagement and wedding rings are unusual in the U.S. today, they are the traditional choice for wedding and engagement jewelry for the royal families of Europe: Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson both received colored- gemstone engagement rings. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds have been treasured for thousands of years, longer than any other gemstones. This venerable tradition has been revived and is now the strongest new trend in bridal jewelry. A growing number of famous women today -- including Ivana Trump, Kirstie Alley, and Jane Fonda -- wore engagement rings featuring colored gemstones instead of diamonds. Sapphire is the most popular choice for a colored gemstone engagement ring, followed by ruby and emerald.

Gemstones

Gemstones also have Specific Meanings

(besides your eternal love for her, of course):

Sincerity: Sapphire

A gift of this gem says you're not just kidding around.

Electricity: Tourmaline

Squeeze this gem and it gives off electricity. Give it and create sparks.

Passion: Ruby

The ancients believed this gem contained an unquenchable fire.

Marital Harmony: Aquamarine

Say you're sorry, give her this gem and promise that it will never, ever, happen again.

Fertility: Emerald

This gemstone may not help create quintuplets, but twins aren't out of the question.

Love: Emerald

The gem of Venus says love lot more persuasively than a dozen roses.

Hope: Opal

Show your faith that things will work out.

Now all you have to do is figure out her ring size...

The Groom and Men's Fashion
The Lastest in Tuxedos and Formalwear

For the groom, picking out what to wear is easy, right? Well, not quite. There are many styles of formal wear for men. The time of day your wedding is held, how formal the wedding is, and what your bride is wearing all help determine what you need to be wearing. If you’re having a formal evening wedding then you could wear a white tie and tails or a standard tuxedo. For afternoon formal weddings there are cutaway coats (morning coats) and strollers. Make sure that whatever you choose fits the mood and season of your wedding.

Bow ties and ascots are the two most popular choices of neckwear, through regular neck ties are sometimes appropriate. Because the pattern you choose will also appear on your cummerbund, pick something that will look good around your neck and your waist! Remember that the pleats on cummerbunds always face upward. If you don’t like cummerbunds you may decide to wear a vest. Your vest and bow tie don’t have to match exactly, but do be sure they don’t clash. Tuxedo shirts usually are pleated but you can decide what type of collar looks best on you. Your shirt sleeves should hang one-half to 1 inch out of your jacket. French cuff sleeves are popular among many men.

Traditionally, black patent leather oxfords or pumps are worn by the groom. This is your big day, so make sure that your socks match each other and your shoes!

 

Honeymoon Dreams Come True
Smart Ideas Plus a Few Fun Locations

If you want preserve the romance in your honeymoon, make sure your honeymoon planning is practical, realistic and a little street-smart. Here are a few guidelines to get you off to a good start.

Start as early as you can. Last minute honeymoon plans lead to miserable honeymoon experiences.

Find a specialist. Honeymoons are not the same as business travel. The nice folks who helped you line up hotel and flight reservations for your boss's business conference won't be much help, despite their best intentions. Find someone who will sit down with you in person for at least an hour to gather important information about you and discuss your options in meaningful detail.

Clarify what you want to do on your honeymoon (besides the obvious!) so it's easier to identify a suitable location. In between the extremes of catatonic beach reptiles and die-hard mountain climbers lies a multitude of choices -- shopping, sight-seeing, fine dining, aquatic sports, etc. The best honeymoon specialists begin by having husband and wife each fill out a questionnaire. News flash -- you and your spouse-to-be might have different ideas on what constitutes a "great" honeymoon.

Be realistic about what you are prepared to spend. That way, your travel agent doesn't waste time with packages that are unsuitable to your budget. While you're at it, ask your travel agent about setting up a honeymoon registry. That way, it's easy for friends and relatives to contribute to your honeymoon budget (and reduce your inventory of surplus kitchen appliances!).

Know your destination. This is especially true if you plan to travel -- or hold your marriage ceremony -- outside the United States. Every country has its own rules, its own government, its own bureaucratic idiosyncracies -- you get the idea. Your experienced honeymoon specialist should be all over this stuff like a magnet, knowing what offices to contact, what forms to fill out, what permissions to obtain, etc.

Make lists. (If you're not a "list person," jump into a phone booth and transform yourself immediately!) Bring those lists when you visit your honeymoon specialist so you can write new things down right then and there. With the myriad of details you'll have to manage, lists will not only reduce the risk of forgetting something important, they'll boost your morale as you triumphantly check off item after item.

Consider the pros and cons of travel packages. If you're both adventurous and experienced, they may limit your options. Otherwise, they can solve the problem of keeping yourself fed and beveraged, reducing the risk of confronting a five-dollar soda pop when you only have three dollars left.

Get smart advice about spending money. ATM's are convenient, but are they reliable at your location? Traveller's checks are convenient, as long as using them isn't a hassle. Money conversion storefronts are convenient, but might be a rip-off. While you're at it, find out the conversion rate for whatever foreign currency you will need.

Include one or two changes of clothing (especially underwear and socks!) in your carry-on luggage. Believe it or not, airlines have been known to misroute or lose luggage.

Invest in a document holder that will work with your carry-on luggage. The best honeymoon specialists provide them. Fumbling for paperwork when you're standing in line facing an impatient bureaucrat is a miserable experience.

Parents of the Groom
The role of the grooms parents

When you are the parent of the groom you're sometimes left out of most of the major decisions made regarding the wedding. The role of the grooms parents traditionally has been to support the groom and the bride's parents by planning around the bride's decisions. Traditionally the grooms parents are responsible for some of the financial responsibilities. Today more and more parents are taking on a more involved and active role in this area. Below are some guidelines to keep in mind when you find yourself about to become an in-law.

The parents of the groom should make an effort to meet the bride's family before the engagement is officially announced. Send a note to the bride welcoming her into your family as well as a note the the bride's mother expressing happiness about the couples engagement.

It's recommended to establish who is paying for what early in the planning process. Tradition tells us that the groom's family expenses are compiled from their wedding attire, travel expenses, rehersal dinner, lodging, and the couple's gift. As tradition meets with modern times more and more financially able families of the groom are contributing to additional cost of the wedding such as flowers, beverages, or splitting the cost for the reception dinner. This is more common when the number of guest continues to grow past the couples budget.

It is extremely helpful to the bride and those involved in the planning process when you compile your guest list promptly and completely. Traditionally the bride or her mother will keep you updated as to responces or wedding gifts received from your family or friends If the father of the groom is also the best man, he should arrange to be fitted for his formalwear as soon as the bride and groom have decided on the style and fashion for the men in the wedding party.

When planning the rehersal dinner remember that each member of the wedding party should be included along with their spouses. It is also recommended to invite grand parents and out of town guest if space permits it.

Traditionally the grooms mother is escorted and seated before the bride's mother and sits in the first pew on the right side of the aisle. If her husband in not part of the wedding party he sits in the same pew.

At the end of the ceremony or during the reception the grooms parents may be asked to participate in the formal receiving line with the bride's parents.

Countdown to "I Do"
Moment by moment as the day unfoldes...

The night before...sleep, sleep, sleep-you have the biggest day of your life ahead of you. You want to look and feel your best. Make sure to make time with family, especially parents to share memories of times gone by and to say thank you take photos of your last hours at home as a single person. Take some time for yourself to be quiet. Close your eyes and visualize every step of the coming day. This will relax you and help prevent unforeseen incidents.

The morning of.have a small meal before leaving for the church don’t bring too many personal items to the church..less to worry about MOST IMPORTANT!!!! Stay Calm...if you run behind schedule-take a deep breath and remember that the ceremony will wait for you!!! Your family and friends want to see you shine-not be frazzled because you are running late-so relax -looking, feeling and radiating your happiness is what counts.

2 hours till "I Do"... Groom, bestman and groomsmenget together begin dressing.

45 minutes... ushers arrive at the wedding sight, pick up boutonnieres and programs, go over seating plans, wait at the entrance to the church for the guests to arrive.

30 minutes... organ or some type of music begins,final check of marriage license, mother and attendants leave for the wedding site, ushers seating guests.

20 minutes... groom and best man arrive, father (or brides escort) and bride leave for the ceremony site.

10 minutes... bridal party and parents wait in the back of church while other relatives are seated.

5 minutes... mother of the groom is escorted to her seat (unless a Jewish ceremony) with grooms father walking right behind the usher, then taking his seat beside his wife...mother of the groom in the pew first with the father sitting on the aisle, bride and father arrive at ceremony site, mother of the bride is escorted down the aisle.

* 1 minute... if there is an aisle runner, two ushers walk in step to the front of the church and unroll the runner and walk in step to the back of the church, unrolling runner as they go... they then take their place in the procession. And now the moment you have waited for......the minister, priest or rabbi takes his/her place along with the groom and best man. (In Christian tradition, the groom and best man enter from chancel door and stand facing the congregation-at an angle-the groom standing nearest the minister, the best man one step behind the groom. In Jewish tradition, the groom and best man are part of the wedding procession. As the ceremony begins, the guests will rise to watch the bride make her entrance.

 

Smile !

This is your Special Moment !

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