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Banns
The legal preliminary to marriage in church is for banns to be published. Banns are the public announcement that two people wish to marry, and an invitation to anybody who knows just cause or impediment to the union to declare it. On three Sundays prior to the wedding, the banns are read out in the parish church(es) of the future bride and groom, and are effective for three months afterwards. Banns must be called in both the church where the wedding is to be held, as well as the parish church(es) of the bride and groom (from which certificate(s) of banns must be obtained).

Band size
Using a tape measure, measure the length of your ribcage , just under your bust in inches. This is your wedding bands size.

Bride's accessories
The bride often has many accessories to add those little touches to the final outfit. Read more about brides accessories.

Best Man
The grooms chief attendant at the wedding. Often helps the groom leading up to the big day. View our Best Man section.

Bridesmaids
The women or young girls who attend the bride at the wedding. Read our section on bridesmaids for more information.

 

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Chest Size
Also known as the band size; more information on chest size.

Chief Bridesmaid
Also known as the maid of honour, the most important bridesmaid at the wedding ceremony. Read our section on bridesmaids for more information.

Civil ceremony
Civil ceremony can take place either in a Register Office or any approved venue. The law requires that any music and readings contain no religious content in the civil ceremony.

Cup Size
Cup size is the measure of the fullest part of your bust line.

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Decree Absolute
The final divorce paper which shows the end of a marriage that allows the two individuals to legally re-marry. It usually follows the decree nisi, which is issued six weeks beforehand, but in modern divorce proceedings this has been replaced by a final divorce order.

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Evening food
Most weddings include food for the evening party, normally this is in the form of a buffet, or in summer a barbeque.

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Fascinator
Feathered headdress, hats, tiaras etc

Flower Girl
A young girl who carries flowers in a wedding procession. Read more about the role of a Flower Girl.

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Groom's accessories
It's not just the bride that wears accessories for the wedding day. These include tie-pins, cufflinks and so on. Find out more in the Grooms accessories section.

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Hen night
Traditionally the bride to be goes out to party for one last night of freedom before her big day. View the section on Hen nights.

Humanist Wedding Ceremonies
Humanist wedding ceremonies are non-religious. They can take place anywhere. They are designed to suit the needs of individuals and can be conducted either by a recognised celebrant or a friend or relative. Couples can choose their own words and music that are very personal to them. This is why no two Humanist weddings ceremony will ever be the same.

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Maid of Honour
Also known as the chief bridesmaid, the most important bridesmaid at the wedding ceremony. Read our section on the maid of honour for more information.

Matron of Honour
The most important bridesmaid at the wedding ceremony (who is already married). Read our section on the maid of honour for more information.

Master of Ceremony
A person who acts as host at a formal event, making the welcoming speech and introducing other speakers.

Morning Suit
Attire suitable for weddings, Ascot and other formal occasions.

Marriage License
A written authorisation for the marriage of a named man and woman that is granted by a legally qualified goverment official.

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No Impediment
A certificate of no impediment to marriage may be required when the future bride and groom wish to get married abroad. These certificate vary in the length of time they are valid for. The certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country, so it it important that you check the requirements for your own circumstances.

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Page boy
The page boy carries the brides train if she is wearing a dress with one long enough or they can also be asked to carry the rings on a cushion to the couple when then exchange rings.

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Register office (Registry office)
This is the place that you give notice of your intended marriage and can also be the place to get married. Read about civil ceremonies.

Registrar
The one who is in charge of official records.

Religious Wedding
A religious ceremony is where the bride and groom have their marriage sanctified in the presence of God. However, it is most importantly a civil ceremony and must be recognised by law. Therefore whoever performs the ceremony must be legally registered to carry it out. Read about religious ceremonies

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Stag party
This is just a sample entry that needs updating

Superintendent Registrar
The Superintendent Registrar oversees the recording of all marriages in the local area.

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Tiara
The tiara is a jewelled ornamental band worn by women on formal occasions.

Toast master
A man who proposes the toasts and introduces the speakers at a banquet.

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Ushers
The users's role is to primarily show the guests to their seats but they can work in unison with the Best man to ensure the smooth running of the wedding ceremony

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Veil
Worn by the Bride the veil is a garment that covers the head and face, we talk about veils in our Brides Accessories section.

Venue hire
You may need several venues for you wedding, one for the actual wedding, a hall or restaurant for your wedding breakfast then a place to hold the night time party. Our section on wedding venues has more information.

Verger-
One who takes care of the interior of a church and acts as an attendant during ceremonies.

Videographer
Most people have a photographer at their wedding, but having a video of your special day can be so much more rewarding, the wedding videographer is the man who makes that video.

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Wedding List
The wedding list is a list of items chosen by the bride and groom that can be given as gifts to the happy couple, by the wedding guests.

Witnesses
You will need to provide two people to act as witnesses for your wedding and sign the register afterwards. Witnesses can be friends or family who must be able to speak and understand English.

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