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 all, the cows must still be milked and all the other daily farm chores need to be done. By a.m., the people in the wedding party have usually eaten breakfast, changed into their wedding clothes, and are waiting in the kitchen to greet the guests.
There are also many last minute preparations to take care of before the wedding guests arrive. Some 200 to 400 relatives, friends and church members are invited to the ceremony, which is held in the bride’s home.
Joining the church prepares the young people for the seriousness of setting up their own home.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.The groom also wears high-topped black shoes, and a black hat with a three and a half inch brim.After communion, proper certification of membership is requested, and is given by the second Sunday after communion.This is a major day in the life of the church because all the couples who plan to marry are “published.” At the end of the service, the deacon announces the names of the girls and who they plan to marry.