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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: Can We Get a Gift for our Wedding Officiant?

Q.

My fiance and I will be married by a priest who was our professor in college. We are flying him across the country and paying for his hotel, meals, and transportation. I know traditionally the wedding officiant should be paid for the service, but we feel uncomfortable offering him money since we know him so well. Is it appropriate to buy him a gift instead?

A.

Absolutely! Your close relationship with your officiant makes giving a gift instead of money more appropriate. He’ll appreciate the personal touch. And because you’re paying his way, don’t feel obligated to make it a pricey gift -- something heartfelt and thoughtful is best.

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