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Civil Ceremony process

If you wish to marry by civil ceremony, this is to say at a register office or other approved building for civil marriage, you should first contact the Superintendent Registrar of the district where you wish to marry. You may marry at any register office or approved premises of your choice in England and Wales. However, for a marriage in an approved premises, you will need to make arrangements at the venue in question. In addition you will need to give a formal notice of your marriage to the Superintendent Registrar of the district(s) where you live.

Most weddings take place on Saturday afternoons, this is very much the peak period in any week for getting married. It is unlucky for the groom to see the bride on the wedding day before the service.Traditionally the bride wears a white dress and the groom wears a suit.

The bride may be attended by bridesmaids and pageboys. Usually all of them have the Groom say his vows first, followed in turn by the Bride. In some cases the couple may choose to say them in unison to each other. These customs signify that the groom is the covenant initiator. Because he is the initiator, he is the first to state his vow for marriage. As the initiator of the covenant, the groom is to assume the greatest responsibility in the marriage.


Then they give each other rings and sign a wedding register.
After the wedding ceremony, guests are invited to attend a meal and further celebrations. This is known as the Wedding Reception.
Guests leave presents for the bride and groom on a table in the room where the reception is taking place.
It is traditional for the Best Man, Brides Father and the Groom to give a speech at the wedding reception.

The guest book was a record of all people who witnessed the wedding. For that reason, the guest book is supposed to be signed following the official wedding ceremony. When thrown as the couple exited the church, throwing of rice and flowers represented the wish for the couple to have a fruitful and plentiful life together. Originally rice and wheat were thrown over the married couple to represent the hope for fertility. When rose pedals are thrown before the bride as she walks down the aisle, it is to ward-off evil spirits below the ground and grant fertility. Traditionally, old shoes were tied to the back of the car to represent the transfer of property from the father of the bride to the groom. Horn honking, the shooting off of firecrackers and ringing of bells were a means to protect the bride by warding off evil spirits.

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