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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 to Honor Deceased Relative at Wedding?

Q.

I am getting married October 3. This date also happens to be my aunt's birthday -- she died a year ago. I had already picked this date for my wedding, and my family agreed it would be okay to keep the wedding date. I would like some advice about remembering my aunt on this day. Should I have a song played for her? Should I not say anything at all, so as not to upset anyone? Even though it is my wedding day, I would still like to remember my aunt.

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If remembering your aunt on her birthday is important to you, you should do it -- it sounds like you might be more upset if you didn't do anything to honor her. You don't have to explain to everyone present what happened to her -- this is an aunt who's passed away, and it's her birthday, and you'd like to memorialize her at your wedding. You can have a song played, you can light a candle, you can even take your bouquet to place on her grave after the wedding if you'd rather honor her privately. Just think about what would make you feel good as a remembrance of your aunt, then run it by your family.

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