These days, putting on a wedding is akin to making a Movie.
You have your Actors, consisting of the Leads (bride and groom) the Supporting Cast (friends and relatives of same) a Character Role (vicar – suit John Gielgud type) and Comedy Sidekick (best man).
Then there are the Extras (bridesmaids, congregation).
Every wedding now has a Director and the father of the bride will do as the Producer – after all, he IS putting up the money.
Plus you have Props (wedding cake, flowers) Locations (church, reception hall/tent) and Transportation (white limos).
And of course, there is a Director Of Photography.
Not forgetting Catering, the Score (organ in the church, second-rate band at the reception) and there will always be a Schedule and Budget.
Finally, comes the Script. It may be straight from the book, require re-writes (“I’m not saying ‘obey’!”) or be improvised (“We’ve written our own vows.”).
It will contain the Main Plot, which will include Drama (sometimes HIGH drama) Pathos (“It should have been ME!”) Comedy (“Time for the best man’s speech!”) and perhaps a Quirky Plot-Twist (“Does any person here know cause why this man and this woman should not…” “YES! I’m his WIFE!”).
If a fight breaks out at the reception, you’ll have an Action Sequence and if the groom can lay off the booze, you might even get a Love Scene.
But will it all have a Hollywood Ending?