Ensuring your Cheshire wedding day goes off without a hitch

There a thousand and one things to consider when planning your wedding in Cheshire.

You probably have so many questions about your big day, here are a few that you might not have even thought of!

What is a pre-wedding interview?

While meetings for religious services are carried out before the wedding – usually when meeting with the priest or vicar, civil ceremony couples will usually be interviewed the morning of the wedding. This is just a formality where you will meet with the registrar and your details will be checked to make sure they haven’t changed since you gave notice of your marriage.

Should I wear my engagement ring for the ceremony?

There is no right or wrong when it comes to your engagement ring. Some brides prefer not to wear it while others will wear it on the opposite hand until the wedding ring has been placed and the engagement ring can be moved back to the third finger of the left hand.

Tradition does dictate that your wedding band should be worn closest to your heart, but should you forget to remove your engagement ring before the ceremony – don’t worry, you can simply switch the rings around later in the day.

On which side does my father, or person giving me away, stand when walking down the aisle?

The left side. This is best remembered by: ‘the bride has left her father for her right hand man’. This will ensure you are stood on the left hand side of your groom for the ceremony. Years ago the right arm was considered the sword arm of most fighting men, and to protect his bride,  the man would hold her with his left hand and defend them from attackers with his right arm. However, this is obviously very outdated and as it is your wedding, it is completely up to you. Wedding rehearsals are a great way to work these things out.

Where do I put my bouquet during the ceremony?

After you’ve walked down the aisle your bouquet can be handed to your maid of honour/bridesmaid or given to the registrar during a civil ceremony. The bouquet can be used as decoration for the table when signing the register and will be handed back to you when you are declared married.

Do I sign the register with my maiden name?

Yes. You don’t need to practise your new signature until after the wedding, when you will also have to contact all necessary companies and organisations such as your bank, HMRC and the DVLA to make your name change official – if you are changing your surname to your husband’s or partner’s surname. If you and your husband are adopting a new surname altogether the changes will have to be made by deed poll.

Plan your wedding in Cheshire with us

At Dunham Forest Golf & CC we are licensed for civil ceremonies with various beautifully appointed rooms available for your service, wedding breakfast and evening party. We can offer exclusive use of all function spaces and stunning gardens and can accommodate the most intimate wedding to the most lavish!

A wedding in our Cheshire location is a unique experience. Our personal attention will create a bespoke and memorable day for you and all your guests. We will work with you to make your dreams come true on the most special day of your life and make sure we get every single detail right.

To find out more about holding your wedding in Cheshire with us, contact us on 0161 928 2605 or email club@dunhamforest.com and arrange a time to meet our team.