Some common problems turned up in my discussions with other pastors. I list them here in no particular order except for the first-which was universal!

Children in the bridal party. Most pastors can tell a funny story about how a child stole the show or disrupted the wedding or entertained the congregation or upset the bride, such as a flower girl who freezes halfway down the aisle or buries her face in Mother's skirt or picks up during the service every flower petal she dropped during the processional.

Sometimes I remind the couple that even at the royal wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, it was the antics of young Prince William that drew most photographers' attention, and they should remember that children in the wedding party are difficult to predict.

Bill Ritter tells of a little boy who "rehearsed marvelously, but then during the wedding, sat down in the center aisle, removed his shoes and socks, and proceeded to play with his toes."

Some couples would find that enchanting ...

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