Check out how Fred+Kate Events answers the Top 5 Ceremony FAQs from brides...
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1. How much time should I allot for my ceremony?
F+K :: "It all depends on the type of ceremony you're planning to have,
but here's a general break down.
-Full mass in a church: 1 hour
-Church ceremony: 30 minutes
If you hire a professional "wedding" minister that performs a standard ceremony,
allot 20-25 minutes for your ceremony.
If you hire a judge, allot 10 minutes for your ceremony.
Our suggestion? Ask your officiant how long their ceremony normally runs, they're the pro!
From there, you'll have a guideline to plan your invitations, flowers, photos...
everything that happens before the "I Do"s!”
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2. Do I need ushers?
F+K :: "Ushers are not 'needed' for any ceremony. Traditionally, ushers were present to seat guests on the bride's side or the groom's side to avoid any confusion of where to sit. Nowadays, couples prefer to fill the seats and seat family and friends wherever they will fit, versus having a side. If you do plan to have ushers, their duties will be to greet and welcome your guests and encourage guests to sit 10 minutes before the ceremony begins. We would recommend 1 usher for every 50 guests."
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3. When should I arrive at the ceremony site?
F+K :: "We like to have the groom, groomsmen and immediate family members (ie: parents, siblings not in the wedding party) arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. This way, they will be available to greet and seat your guests. The bride, bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer should be on property or in close proximity (relaxing and freshening up) and escorted to the ceremony site 5 minutes before it is time to begin.
Our tip? Have all of your formal photos done at least 30 minutes before the ceremony start time so you have time to drink some water (hydration is key!), retouch your lipstick, use the restroom and be out of sight from your early bird guests."
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4. When should I have my ceremony flowers set up?
F+K :: "This all depends on your actual location, but often times, two hours prior to the ceremony start time is the earliest vendors can arrive. All floral set up should be complete at least 30 minutes before the ceremony to allow guests to arrive without seeing any of the behind-the-scenes work.
Our tip? If you're planning to take photos with your bouquets and boutonnieres, don't forget to ask your florist to deliver these items at least 30 minutes before your picture taking start time."
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5. How long should my ceremony musicians be hired for?
F+K :: "Usually, you'll want to hire your ceremony entertainment for one hour. 15 minutes of prelude music, 30 minutes for the ceremony, 15 minutes of postlude music."