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!