Ceremony questions and ideas NEEDED!!
Well it's down to the last few little details of the ceremony to be decided!!!
We are having a simple "country" wedding--casual!! We are expecting about 100 people.
What songs are good to be played:
as the GUESTS are being seated?? I have read that you should start these songs about 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Special Family/Friends?? My fiance doesn't have a lot of family coming in for the wedding because they live about 10 hours from where the wedding is. Do we sit those friends of his mother's and family that are coming in the first couple of rows at the church?? If you include these people, there will be approximately 10 couples (between the two of us) that will be seated in the first couple of pews. How long should the song(s) be so that we have enough time to get everyone seated??
Grandparents?? Between the two of us, we will have 4 sets of grandparents that will be seated. I have read that step-grandmothers are seated first and are seated BEHIND the grandmothers. Has anyone else heard of this before?? How long should you give to get everyone seated??
Mothers?? My fiance's mother will be escorted down by her husband and will remain standing until my mother is escorted down by my brother. The mothers together will then light the two family candles next to the unity candle. They will then walk back to their pews and sit. How long should it take for each of them to walk in and light the candles??
We were thinking of now having the candle lighter light the candleabras. Is this a good place to have him light the candles or should it be done earlier?? What is a good song and how long should it take??
The preacher, groom and GM will now enter.
Entrance of the BM?? The BMs will walk down alone. We have 2 BM and the MOH. What are songs for them to walk down to and how long should it be??
Entrance of the RB?? Should this song be the same as the one for the BM??
Entrance of the FG?? Should this too be the same some as the one for the BM??
Entrance of the Bride??
Leaving of the Bride and Groom??
During the ceremony, we are using Penny's Idea of the reading. We are having My fiance's sister, a BM, read the part about his hands to me and then my brother, a GM, is going to read the part about my hands to my fiance. He is then going to say "we now ask that you unite our two families by lighting the unity candle." I thought this would be a really nice thing to do instead of playing a long song and having our guests get board. The preacher will then say a prayer like the one that was in Penny's reading. Should we play a song any other time throughout the ceremony??
Thank you everyone for all of your help!!!