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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 Acknowledge the Death of a Wedding Attendant?

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One of my fiance's groomsmen was killed in Iraq. My fiance is not asking anyone to take his place in the wedding, but besides that notable absence we would really like to find a way to honor him that's both delicate and proper. Do you have any suggestions?

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First, our condolences. It is only fitting that you would like to honor your friend and groomsman, and exactly how you do so is up to you. One option would be to include a special prayer or reading in the ceremony. Another would be to have a candle lighting, or simply to keep a candle lit at the ceremony with a photo or a card explaining its significance to guests. You might also use a small flower arrangement to save a seat in his honor at your wedding ceremony. Talk with your fiance and figure something out that you both feel would be fitting and appropriate.

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