A Beginner's Guide to the Stars by Maud King Murphy

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It’s your day: You and your bride can do what you want to make as many people as you choose a special part of the festivities. Ask your clergyman about other honorary positions at the ceremony. Choosing Clergy If you’re having a civil ceremony only, you can ignore this section. But if you’re having a religious ceremony, read ahead; you have a few options. First, you’ll decide with your bride where the ceremony will take place—in a church, temple, outdoors, and so on (or she’ll decide for you). This choice may be a given if you’ve both belonged to the same church or temple your whole lives.

Get Me to the Church (or Chuppah) on Time Choosing the site of your ceremony is easy if you and your bride met in church; you probably can come to a pretty easy conclusion about where your wedding is going to take place. But if you have two different faiths, live far away from your hometowns, or practice no religion, the question becomes more complicated. Traditionally, the bride and her family chose the wedding site because they were footing the bill. But if that’s not the case, or you want to choose something a bit more unusual, you’ve got some options: Traditional wedding sites: ➤ The college chapel of your alma mater ➤ The church or temple you’ve attended all your life ➤ The church or temple you’ve joined together ➤ The stunning church or temple your bride has always dreamed of marrying in ➤ Your reception site—a room adjacent to the hotel ballroom or the garden outside the reception hall ➤ A public park ➤ Your own home or a relative’s Creative wedding sites: ➤ A yacht ➤ A ballpark ➤ A museum or art gallery Let the Games Begin: Planning the Details 37 ➤ Under a beautiful tent on your rich uncle’s estate ➤ A hot-air balloon ➤ Under water ➤ The beach ➤ The slopes ➤ The golf course One unforgettable wedding we attended was in an intimate, open-air theater, with a reception following in a beautifully appointed barn with white-washed walls, formal table settings, and candlelight.

To limit costs for an evening occasion, have an hors d’oeuvres reception with a limited bar. If you choose either of these options, be sure guests know ahead of time; at the majority of today’s weddings, guests expect a full meal. You don’t want them starving and cranky when they find out there’s only finger food at your reception. Let the Games Begin: Planning the Details 39 Nuptial No-Nos If you’re having a reception with a limited meal or no meal, be sure guests know ahead of time. Most guests assume they will be fed at a wedding reception and may be upset if they come to your wedding hungry.

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