Top 10 Guest Questions

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8. During a religious ceremony, do I need to follow every bit of protocol, like kneeling during prayers or taking Communion? I'm not a churchgoer.
You don't have to fake it—in fact, some rituals, like receiving Communion in the Catholic church, are off-limits to those who aren't practicing members of that faith. But you can follow along in the prayer book, sing hymns, and exchange the sign of peace (a handshake with those sitting nearby). So go with the flow (sitting and standing on cue is probably easiest), but don't do anything that makes you feel awkward.

9. It turns out there's a three-hour lag between the ceremony and reception. We're from out of town—what are we supposed to do with ourselves?
First, make sure the couple hasn't arranged something, like an informal gathering at a relative's home. If they haven't, do some research for entertainment ideas in the area. A museum (pack a change of shoes) or a movie are both good bets.

10. How long after the wedding do I have to send a gift?
According to custom, you have a full year, but it's best to send one within a month of the event date.

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