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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: Paying a Wedding Soloist?

Q.

I asked an acquaintance from my church if he would sing during my wedding ceremony, and when he said he'd do me the honor he never mentioned being paid. Now I don't want to insult him by offering to pay, but I do want to acknowledge my gratitude. Would a gift certificate to a nice restaurant along with a thank-you note be acceptable?

A.

It seems you've already solved your problem (and without having to broach an awkward "payment" conversation). The gift you describe, along with a hand-written note, is totally acceptable. It sounds like this individual isn't expecting anything in return, and he's sure to be delighted by your thoughtfulness.

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