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Wedding Ceremony Questions

If you are already in the throws of wedding planning, it probably does not surprise you that wedding ceremonies can have a lot of problems that you need to deal with. Fortunately, TheKnot.com has all of the wedding expertise to answer even your toughest wedding ceremony questions. We will fill you in on alternatives to unity candles, how to decorate for a church wedding, and whether or not you should get a gift for your ceremony officiant. We also have advice for child attendants, how a wedding recessional works, and the best way to plan a nondenominational wedding. We have answers to questions like, "How can we honor a deceased loved one at our wedding ceremony?" and "Who should walk me down the aisle?" Another popular wedding ceremony question we answer is, "How should an uneven wedding party walk down the aisle?" Plus, get tips on the receiving line, such as whether or not to include stepparents and whether or not a receiving line is really necessary. We will even let you know fun ways to include your pets in your wedding ceremony. Have a question you don't see answered? Submit it to Carley and you just might see the answer show up on our site!

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Wedding Ceremony: Are Secular Wedding Readings Okay?


My fiance and I are planning on writing our wedding ceremony ourselves. Figuring out the wedding vows was actually the easy part for us -- it's the wedding readings that keep tripping us up. Neither of us is very religious. Do you have any suggestions for where we could find wedding readings that would work?


There are volumes upon volumes of great words for your wedding out there -- you've just got to do a little research. Favorite poems are a classic ceremony standby, but you should also think of your favorite authors -- plays, essays, and fiction that are special to one or both of you can all yield treasures. Look to children's literature, also. Maybe there is a favorite passage from a book you read while growing up that would work (we know a couple who included part of The Velveteen Rabbit in their ceremony -- there wasn't a dry eye in the house). Think off the page, as well. Many couples choose to incorporate lyrics from their favorite songs, which can sound both poignant and poetic when read aloud.

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