I personally love the wedding ceremony, there is something very special about the pomp and circumstance, the sense of occasion and the formalities. For me it was the most important part of our wedding and I didn’t want it to end. There are many customs and traditions that we enjoy and we consider to be important, I have looked into a few especially those associated with a Church of England wedding.
The Ushers, should be the first people to arrive at the church or venue to ensure they know where everyone is to sit and everything is in place. Their main responsibilities are to welcome the guests and ensure everyone is sat in the right place with an order of service. The best man should stand at the front of the church with his groom to ensure he remains calm and focused.
Traditionally the brides friends and family sit on the left and grooms on the right. This mirrors how the bride and groom stand at the end of the aisle. A very long time ago the grooms right arm was considered his sword arm and he would sometimes be required to fight off attackers whilst holding his bride on his left side.
It is customary for the brides mother to wait at the entrance of the church for the bride to arrive, to be ready for any last minute tears and hugs, she should be the last person before the bridal party to enter the church, this acts as a symbol to the groom that his bride has arrived. She should be walked to her seat at the front left hand side by an usher.
We exchange rings as a symbol of eternity with no beginning or end and it is thought this goes back thousands of years and may have originated in Egypt. Within the Christian Church it is believed that the ring is placed on the fourth finger as the vicar used to touch the fingers whilst proclaiming the words ‘In the name of the Father (touching the thumb), the Son (second finger) and the Holy Spirit (middle finger) Amen’ by which time he is at the ring finger.
There is no religious requirement for a bride to wear a veil, but traditionally worn as a symbol of purity and modesty. After the minister declares the Bride and Groom husband and wife it is customary for the Brides Father to lift the veil to reveal the brides face to her husband, this symbolizes that it is now o.k for the couple to enter into a sexual relationship.
I hope you have enjoyed a little peek into some of the many traditions involved within the wedding ceremony.
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