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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: How Much Money Should We Donate for Use of a Wedding Ceremony Site?

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In our wedding ceremony site search we came across a lovely garden that is on state property. Rather than an outright fee to use the garden, there is a "required donation" (of any amount) to the foundation which built and maintains the garden. How should we determine what amount is appropriate for us to give them?

A.

Sounds like you've found the ideal location for your ceremony, and practically for free. Think of it this way: You are potentially saving a ton of money by not paying a site fee, so it would be appropriate to offer a generous amount, within reason. Take a look at your budget with your fiance and see how much money you have to play with. How much had you set aside initially to pay for your ceremony site? While you don't have to fork it all over, consider giving a substantial portion of that -- anywhere between $100 and $500, or more if you are willing and able. After all, it's for a good cause: To keep the garden beautiful for all future couples getting married there as well!

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