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.