There are various types of weddings including a religious ceremony that takes place in a house of worship where either the bride or groom congregates. It is rather traditional, as the same rites have been performed over and over for a long time. A religious leader leads the ceremony and performs religious rites declaring the bride and groom man and wife followed by a reception either where the wedding took place or at a different venue. For the ceremony to take place, one should obtain a license. Some religious marriages e.g. Islam allow polygamy while other like Christian marriages do not allow polygamy.
A civil marriage is carried out by a local officer licensed by the government. It is a short ceremony where vows are exchanged in a courthouse or any other appropriate office, and the judge or mayor will see the ceremony. It is considered secular as it lacks reference to any religion.
A wedding can also be non-denominational where religious aspects followed are not specific to any particular group or non-faith where no particular faith is followed and is therefore not religious at all.
PLANNING A WEDDING
Most people get stuck when the time for planning their weddings come. To have a well-planned wedding, one should consider having a checklist that helps turn their dream into a reality. Ideally, not less than twelve months before the wedding, one should consider having done the following: announcing the engagement and choosing an engagement ring, determining the style of their wedding, i.e. whether formal, informal or semi-formal, make a list of all the wedding requirements and set a budget, know who and when will cater for the budget, decide on the wedding date and look for suitable venues and finally find the person to officiate your wedding as you apply for the necessary licenses.
After the above plans, you should begin searching for the necessary assets for the wedding such as bridal gown, groom’s attire, photographers and videographers, florist, wedding transport, the theme color of the day, wedding cake, wedding lingerie, beauty stylist and the venue decoration. These make the event colorful. This second step should also include choosing and purchasing the wedding rings, choosing the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, and inform them of their duties on the wedding day.
About three months to the wedding, you should order the wedding cake, finalize the guest list, choose gifts for the parents and guests, and meet with the wedding officiant to be informed and to discuss details of the wedding.
Two months before the wedding, you should now send out your invitations, meet with vendors to finalize the plans, buy wedding favors, finalize on the most suitable music for the ceremony. For the bride, she should schedule a hair makeup trial with the right consultant to avoid a mess on the material day. The groom and groomsmen should arrange a day for suit fitting.
After ensuring that all plans are as in the checklist, you should now meet with the photographer to provide a list of the necessary shots, work on the seat plan for the guest and family members, confirm that the wedding officiant has the wedding vows, ensure all payments have been made to all vendors, confirm honeymoon reservations if planning to go for one and eventually arrange for a final wedding dress fitting to ensure the attire are right and as planned. It is during this time that you should also apply for a marriage license.