18 December 2016
Ways to Include Your Entire Family in Your Wedding
Where once strictly traditional, weddings today are more creative than ever. Couples with mixed heritages and religions; different backgrounds and ideals are making their own rules and planning weddings that work perfectly for them. Whether you’re planning a traditional or alternative, big or small wedding, chances are you and your spouse-to-be will want to make the big day even more special by including your loved ones.
As always, our advice is to do whatever feels right for you! Don’t feel pressured by outdated traditions; you can make small changes to still honor your culture or religion or completely re-write the rules to include your closest loved ones on your special day.
Switch up the Wedding Procession
Unless your church abides by strict traditions, you can get away with switching up your processional escorts to include anyone you want. Perhaps both mom and dad can escort the bride down the aisle, or grandma and grandpa, or the kids. Many couples have asked their closest family members to walk down the aisle before the bride, while same sex couples both made the wedding procession with family members at their side.
Extend the Wedding Party
There are many wedding party roles from bridesmaids and groomsmen to witnesses and ushers, but if you don’t have enough of the more traditional spots to include your closest family, consider less common ceremonial roles such as candle lighters, ceremony readers, ring bearers or ushers. See TheKnot.com for an extended list of Casting your VIEs (Very Important Extras).
Plan a Unity Ceremony and Include a Few or Many Family Members
Whether it be a unity candle, sand, wine, pebbles or other symbol, the unity ceremony represents the union of both families and can be carried out with the help from children, mothers, grandmothers or any other family patriarch. A ‘reverse’ unity candle ceremony can even include an entire room of people who each light and pass on the flames from their candles.
Corsages for Cousins
Let close family members and friends know they’re special by distributing corsages and boutonnieres that they can wear along with the wedding party. As well as grandparents and siblings, this list might include Godparents, stepparents and close family friends.
‘Special Helper’ Siblings
Aside from being in the wedding party, there are several other ways to get your siblings involved in the planning and the big day. Invite them to fittings and shopping trips; recruit them for DIY and decorating projects; and have them assist in engagement and/or bridal parties. The day of, siblings are a perfect option for welcoming people at the ceremony, handing out programs and of course, making speeches.
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