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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: Should Stepparents Be Included in the Receiving Line?


Do stepparents stand in the wedding receiving line? My stepfather would not be at all offended, but my stepmother would (my father will be in the receiving line). How do I handle this?


There's no hard-and-fast rule. Stepparents are included in the receiving line if you want them to be and if everyone involved is comfortable with it. Your stepmother would stand next to your father (her spouse). You won't want to place them right next to your mother and her spouse: Place your mom and stepdad in line before you and the groom, and your dad and stepmother on the other side of you two, next to the groom's parents, so everyone's clear on who's married to whom. If you think this will get unwieldy, there's always the option of only including moms and stepmoms in the receiving line while the dads mingle with guests.

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