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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 Include Children in Wedding Ceremony?

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I am a single mom, and my fiance and I would like to have my son (soon to be our son) participate in the wedding ceremony, not just as a ring bearer, but in a more significant role to signify the joining of a family. Any ideas?

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Many couples with kids choose to say "family vows" after they say their marriage vows. You and your fiance will exchange rings, and then the officiant will call your son to stand between you. The two of you might say vows to him -- which you can write yourselves or with your officiant's help -- about how the three of you are a family now. Your fiance might promise to care for and love your son as his father. Then you might present your son with a special gift from the two of you: a watch with an engraved message on the back is a nice idea, so he'll always remember the special role he played, and that it was "his" wedding, too.

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