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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: Dealing With Late Arrivals at Wedding Ceremony?


I'm worried about wedding guests walking in late to our wedding and distracting attention from our wedding ceremony. What can I do to prevent this?


There are a few ways you can keep those inevitable stragglers from turning heads during your vows. Don't be too rigid about starting the ceremony at the precise minute you listed on the invitation; if guests are still filtering in at that moment, give them a few extra minutes to get settled. If it's getting really late, don't feel trapped waiting for people who may never show. (Very late guests may give up trying to get to the ceremony and catch up with you at the reception.) After the ceremony starts, station someone outside to direct guests in at an appropriate moment. In the end, don't be too concerned with latecomers. Once the ceremony begins, the only person who will have your attention will be your beloved, and all eyes will be on you two -- not on the back door.

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