All of the attendants in the wedding party play a vital role in the events of the day.But there is no best man or maid of honor; all are of equal importance. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are used as days to prepare for or to clean-up after.

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.

Then he questions them about their marriage to be, which is similar to taking wedding vows. After the blessing, other ordained men and the fathers of the couple may give testimony about marriage to the congregation. A corner of the table will be reserved for the bride and groom and the bridal party.

This is an honored place called the “Eck,” meaning corner.

The fathers then announce the date and time of the wedding and invite the members to attend.

The betrothed couple does not attend the church service on the Sunday they are published.

After being published, the young people have just a few days before the ceremony.

They are permitted to go to one last singing with their old group of friends.

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.