Appointment of meeting for worship
The meeting making the appointment is recommended to ensure, by the appointment of a sufficient number of suitable Friends, that the meeting for worship may be rightly held in accordance with our usage. Marriages are often attended by relatives or friends who have no previous experience of a meeting for worship. The couple may feel it helpful to send invited guests copies of such leaflets as are available on the conduct of marriages, or they may choose to send a letter of their own composing with the invitation, telling guests of the form of worship, the procedure and what is expected of them. Elders have responsibility (12.12.f) for the conduct of the meeting for worship. It is now common practice for them, in consultation with the registering officer and the couple, to arrange for a Friend to give a short explanation of Friends' manner of worship and the proceedings at the outset of the meeting.