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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: What if Our Wedding Church Is Too Small?


What can I possibly do about a wedding church that's too small to accommodate all the wedding guests? Our wedding guest list exceeds the church capacity by close to 75 people! It's the church my daughter grew up attending, and we've always pictured her walking down that wedding aisle. What can we do?


If it's too small, it's too small. Since you and your daughter seem to have your hearts set on this particular church, one answer is to pare down your guest list if possible. Another is to invite some guests only to the reception and to keep the wedding ceremony for immediate friends and family, which is perfectly acceptable. Many couples choose to have intimate wedding ceremonies followed by a larger celebration with all their other friends and relatives. If you prefer this option you will obviously have to send out separate invitations to those invited only to the reception. You can word them like this:

Sarah and Thomas Jones
request the honor of your presence
at a celebration of their marriage
Saturday, the ninth of January
at seven o' clock in the evening
Rialto Country Club, Mount Jervis, Indiana.

This way, guests will be aware that the wedding ceremony will have already taken place, and that they will be joining you afterwards.

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