The attendants are not married.
Several websites mention that celery is an important part of the wedding meal. Other sites suggest that celery may even be used as a decoration in place of flowers.Growing celery for Amish weddings seems to be something mentioned in many Amish romances, but Jerry Eicher, who was raised Amish, said that he had never heard of the custom. He also said, "It sounds like the practice is related to Lancaster, which is an Amish world of its very own."
Here is a wedding excerpt from FLEETING HOPE, Book 3 in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series:
Before going downstairs to breakfast, she wanted to look at the tent in the backyard. She still couldn’t believe that Bishop Amos had given permission for them to rent a tent for their wedding. He’d said, “Well, you’re having a June wedding and that’s not common in our district, so you might as well have a tent too. From what I’ve heard your wedding is going to be the biggest we’ve had in our community, so I think the tent is more of a necessity.”
She couldn’t stop gazing at how beautiful the yard looked with all the flowers they’d planted in May. Red, pink and white petunias and impatiens were blooming. With the blue sky and sunshine, it was a perfect day for her wedding.The tables were covered with white cloths and each table had a lavender runner. Miriam and Katie had sewn the runners. Vases filled with purple and white hyacinth flowers would be on the tables. One of her former scholars had offered to do the flower arrangements. Amish brides never carried a bouquet of flowers or walked down the aisle, but having flowers on the tables were fine. Church members had bustled around yesterday getting everything ready for the wedding. The tables already outside would quickly be moved to the tent once the wedding service ended, but other tables were in the house.
Because of the large number of guests, portable propane stoves were rented to prepare the immense amount of food that was customary wedding day feasts. The stoves were under a small tent. The wedding guests would eat in shifts, but the bride and bridegroom would eat first, along with their wedding party. Their table would be in a U-shape with her attendants to her left, and David’s attendants would be seated to his right. She felt blessed to have many freinden and relatives helping to make this day special for her.
Tonight I’ll be sharing this room with my husband, she thought, glancing at her room from the doorway. They were going to stay here instead of at David’s house. They wanted to help with cleaning and putting everything away after the wedding. It was customary to stay at the bride’s house after an Amish wedding because of all the work involved. She hoped they could get all the cleanup done tomorrow, on Friday.
Amish Wedding Punch
Mix all together. Add ginger ale just before serving.
Serves 75 people. (Amish receptions might have as many as 300-400 guests.)
6 pkg. Tropical Punch Kool-Aid
1 large can pineapple juice
1 large can grapefruit juice
2 (12 oz.) cans frozen lemonade
5 c. sugar
1 qt. ginger ale
12 qt. water