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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 Does the Wedding Recessional Work?


I’m confused about the logistics of the wedding ceremony exit. Should we exit the wedding church before the guests? If so, how will our wedding guests send us off with wedding bubbles or wedding flower petals if we’re ahead of them and already outside?


You two should be the first to exit the church after the ceremony, followed by your wedding party and parents. Then, it depends on your schedule. If you plan to take photos at the church, you could just walk out the front door of the church and then circle back around through a back door to get back in and take pictures. That should give guests enough time to file out of the church. Or, if you plan to have a receiving line, you would want to exit and wait just outside the door to greet guests as they make their way out. Once all the guests have gone through the receiving line, that will be your signal to go ahead and make your grand exit.

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