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Making Your Dreams Come True

Your Dream Wedding Day

Before the Wedding

One pint or two shorts maximum please before the service, or better still, none at all!  Only Darrington church  has toilets. Please tell people in advance so that they know to go to the toilet beforehand.

Please try to get to the Church on time, it is really important. Even if you plan to be at Church 15 minutes before the service last minute hiccups will delay you. The vicar will speak to the official wedding photographer about what is allowed.

When to arrive

The Ushers should arrive first with the order of service and get people sat down. They should be at the church at least 45 minutes before the service is due to start.

The Best Man and the  Groom.

The groom and best man arrive at Church 35 to 40 minutes before the service starts with his best man, and usually is inside Church 20 minutes before. This is so when the bride arrives everyone is inside and the service can start on time.

The best man holds the ring(s) and  is literally the groom’s supporter - to stop him keeling over at any time! He gets him in to the Church and sat down at least 15 minutes before the service starts. He sits beside him until the service starts then stands beside him during it, until the second hymn is finished and he and the bride’s father or supporter both sit down.

The Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids arrive at least 15 minutes before the service. Then look after the bride when she arrives.  It is traditional for the bride and her supporter (‘Father’ or other) to enter first in procession, with the bride on the right, and bridesmaids and pageboys behind. This is better than pageboys  or young bridesmaids entering first, as they can so easily feel over-awed and it is better for the groom when he turns round at the start of the bridal march to see the bride. The bridesmaid will take the bouquet and help lift the veil (if any). They check that the dress is okay before you walk in, and attend to the bride. They then sit down until the signing of the Registers.

The Bride
The bride should arrive  5 minutes before the service time to allow time for photos. The Father of the bride, or her Supporter arrives with the bride. The bride may choose anyone to be her supporter and to walk her down the aisle. Please be on time, for the groom’s sake and the guests’ sake if for no one else.

The Signing of the Registers

The bride signs first in her maiden name, then the groom, then two witnesses. A copy of the entry in the wedding register is given to the bride: this is your wedding certificate. It belongs to the bride not the groom. You are now married and have proof!
Two witnesses must sign the wedding register for the marriage to be legal, it is usual for them to be 18 years old or over, though they have to be competent to be witnesses to the wedding.

After the Wedding

The ushers should collect any orders of service left behind, and check for spectacles, phones or presents which have been forgotten.
(Or the wedding certificate which sometimes gets overlooked). They remove any flowers which are due to be taken, and put them in the porch.

If the service started on time you are welcome to come back into Church or photos to be taken eg recreating a close-up of the exchange of rings, or the kiss after the proclamation. The Church will need to be locked 15-25 minutes after the service as the vicar has other commitments.
Enjoy your special day, with your family and friends around you. Have a great honeymoon, and come back and see us in Church as soon as you can!