decides on the type of Service. She selects the Bridesmaids
and decides on her own dress and the Bridesmaids attire.
The Bridegroom picks
the Best Man and Ushers. He pays the Church Fees and
buys presents for the Bridesmaids, Best Man and Ushers.
He also buys flowers for his Bride, the Bride's Mother,
his Mother and the Bridesmaids, and buttonholes for
himself and the Best Man. He arranges for transport
for himself and the Best Man to the Wedding, and for
the Bride and himself after the Wedding.
The Best Man keeps the
ring and ensures that the Bridegroom gets to the Church
on time. He pays the Church Fees on behalf of the
Bridegroom. At the Reception, it is the Best Man's
duty to read all congratulatory telegrams. The Chief
Bridesmaid assists the Bride to dress, holds the Bouquet
during the Ceremony and oversees the other Bridesmaids.
The Bride's Father gives
the Bride away. He receives Guests at the Reception.
He pays for the Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids' Dresses,
Cars (except the Bridegroom's), Photographs, Church
and Reception Flowers, Invitations and Press Announcements
(if any). That's all.
The Bride's Mother handles
any catering arrangements and ensures the Wedding
Cake is ready. After the Wedding Ceremony, the Bride's
Mother and Father, together with the Bride and Bridegroom
and his Parents, greet the Guests at the Reception.
Top Table Seating Plan
The Reception ~ The
traditional line-up to greet the Guests is as follows
~ the Bride's Parents, followed by the Bridegroom's
Parents, then the Bride and Bridegroom and lastly,
the Bridesmaids and the Best Man. Most Receptions
begin with an Apéritif served before the Meal.
Always include no-alcoholic drinks for abstainers.
The Wedding Breakfast ~
When the Meal is ready to be served, the Bridesmaids
and Best Man seat the Guests. When everyone is seated,
the Bride and Bridegroom are alerted to enter the
Toasts and Speeches
~ The Best Man calls on the Bride's Father to propose
a Toast to the health and happiness of the Bride and
Groom. The Bridegroom then proposes a toast to the
Bridesmaids, having replied to the first toast. The
Best Man responds to the Bridegroom's Speech on behalf
of the Bridesmaids. He then reads the telegrams to
The Cutting of the Cake
~ After desert and coffee are served, the Bride and
Bridegroom cut the first slice of the Wedding Cake
together. The Food and Beverages Manager will then
cut the Cake which is divided among the Guests. The
Speeches then follow.