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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 Receiving Line: What Are the Receiving Line Alternatives?

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I have an alternate suggestion regarding the wedding receiving line debate, and I wonder if you think it's appropriate. My sister and brother-in-law did not have a wedding receiving line. Instead of having the ushers dismiss the wedding guests after the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom dismissed the 250 guests themselves, one row at a time. It took about 30 minutes or so. Is this an acceptable wedding alternative?

A.

What you're describing is a kind of receiving line, except the bride and groom are coming to the guests instead of the guests coming to them. Some couples actually do the receiving line in the vestibule of the church as guests file out, another variation on the same theme (although your way is a bit more orderly). The only problem is whether it would be too slow of a process for the couple to dismiss so many guests row by row. Would those in the last rows get bored or annoyed? But you actually experienced this process, and if you think it worked then it's worth considering. The most important thing is for the couple to greet each and every guest individually at least once on wedding day. Whatever works!


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