Q: My best friend's a guy. Can I have him stand up on my side of the wedding party?

A: Why not? More and more brides and grooms are choosing to have their opposite-sex friends at their sides when they tie the knot. If he's up to it, your lad of honor can do anything a female honor attendant would do. But if he'd rather skip the dress-shopping session and help you come up with a music list instead, by all means play to his strengths. Your honor attendant walks in the processional alone, right before you make your entrance. In the recessional, he walks next to the best man. Your friend may cause a few raised eyebrows come wedding day—the older folk may not have seen a male attendant on the bride's side before. But hey, this is a day when you want your closest friends at your side, no matter what gender they are.

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