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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: Pets at Weddings?

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I'd like for my dog Alex to be present at my wedding. I know it sounds nutty but I grew up with him and consider him to be one of my best friends. However, I'm getting married in a church and Alex is a huge golden retriever and tends to get overly excited when he's around crowds. I'm worried he might get rambunctious and disrupt the wedding ceremony. What can I do?

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Before you do anything, make sure the ceremony location allows animals. Once you've overcome that hurdle, enlist the services of an empathetic friend or family member who loves Alex almost as much as you do. Ask that person to walk Alex in and out of the service on a leash and sit near an exit in case he acts up or –- worst-case scenario -- has to relieve himself. This way you can concentrate on your vows and feel confident that your furry friend is there and in good hands.

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