After communion, proper certification of membership is requested, and is given by the second Sunday after communion.
Most non-Amish brides wear their bridal dress once, but an Amish bride’s practical dress will serve her for more than just her wedding day.
Her wedding outfit will become her Sunday church attire after she is married.
The Forgeher, or ushers, (usually four married couples), will make sure each guest has a place on one of the long wooden benches in the meeting or church room of the home. The congregation will sing hymns, (without instrumental accompaniment), while the minister counsels the bride and groom in another part of the house.
After the minister and the young couple return to the church room, a prayer, Scripture reading and sermon takes place. After the sermon is concluded, the minister asks the bride and groom to step forward from their seat with the rest of the congregation. In a flurry of activity, the women rush to the kitchen to get ready to serve dinner while the men set up tables in a U-shape around the walls of the living room.
By the time a young woman turns twenty or a young man is in his early twenties, he or she is probably looking forward to the wedding day.
But several definite steps must be taken by a couple before they may marry. They are baptized into the Amish faith and are responsible for following the Ordnung.
The girl also helps her mother prepare for the wedding and feast which takes place in her parents’ home.
The boy is busy extending personal invitations to members of his church district. Blue may not be the most traditional color for a bridal gown, but in one instance it is actually the most popular color choice.
Family is the core element in the Amish church, and choosing a mate is the most important decision in an Amishman’s life.
Boys and girls begin their search for a spouse when they turn sixteen.
Instead of a veil, the bride wears a black prayer covering to differentiate from the white cap she wears daily. Normally, Amish men do not wear ties, but for the wedding they will don bow ties.