10 Meaningful Ways to Include Family in Your Wedding
Behind the stunning flowers and flowing bridesmaids dresses is the true meaning a wedding: the formation of a new family circle and the beginning of a marriage. The creation of a new branch on the family tree is a beautiful time to celebrate the lineage and love that brought the couple to the alter. But, it’s also an important time to make sure no one on either side of the family feels left out.
If helping loved ones feel a part of the process by including too many people in wedding planning feels risky (you may be surprised about how strong family opinions can be!), consider incorporating meaningful family moments into your wedding ceremony instead. From family traditions to unique nods to the past, there are endless ways to include family in your wedding and shine a light on the love that made your Big Day possible. Here are a few of our favorites.
Make Your “Something Borrowed” Meaningful
Incorporate a piece of family jewelry into your wedding ensemble, like grandma’s wedding band or family brooch, for a subtle way to keep family close. Your family may even have a special piece that is passed down from generation to generation, and if not, your wedding may be the perfect time to start a new tradition.
Make a Family Recipe Part of the Menu
Who wouldn’t want grandma’s famous peach pie at the center of the dessert table?
Let Both Your Parents Give You Away
Honor the two that raised you by walking arm in arm with both mom and dad on your Big Day.
Incorporate Flowers with Family Significance
This symbolic gesture is simple, yet powerful. If your mother or grandmother had a special kind of flower in their weddings, bring a piece of their Big Day into yours by adding it to your bouquet.
Give Grandparents the Honor of Being Your Marriage Certificate Witnesses
Now those are signatures you’re sure to treasure for years.
Ask a Loved One to be Ordained for the Occasion
If a family member is up for the job, we couldn’t think of a bigger honor than officiating the wedding. It’s a surefire way to make your ceremony personal and full of family meaning.
Let’s Mom Hold Your Bouquet
Not to steal your maid of honor’s thunder, but she already has a beautiful bouquet in her hand. Instead of passing your bouquet to your MOH during the ceremony, give mom the honor of holding your flowers.
Display Family Photos in Unique Ways
From family tree photo displays to bouquet charms with pictures of your loved ones, antique family photos give a powerful visual of the generations of love that brought you to the aisle.
Showcase Family Talents
Is cousin Steve a signer? Does Aunt Rachel play the violin? If a musical loved one is truly talented, consider opening or closing your ceremony or reception with a piece by a relative.
Honor Family Traditions and Heritage
Whether based in religion or culture, honoring your heritage by incorporating family traditions into your Big Day is important. So, Polish couples, break that plate, and Jewish couples, smash that glass! Let the traditions live on as you form a new family.