Hello Wedding Wednesday Gals! I am currently away for work and I have one of my blog friends here to carry on the Wedding Wednesday goodness in my absence. I hope you enjoy this great post from Jacquelyn and I will see you next week!
Hey! I’m so excited to be guest posting for Macy. I’m Jacquelyn and I blog over at The Lowcountry Mama. I write about life in Charleston, motherhood, DIY, recipes…really anything and everything. My husband and I got married in December 2014 and I used to participate in Wedding Wednesday all the time- I actually think that’s how I discovered Macy’s blog! I know a lot of you are in the middle of planning so I figured I’d share something that I consider to be really important but is easily overlooked: how to incorporate family into your wedding.
So of course, YOUR wedding is 99.9999999% about you (+ your husband to be ha), but it’s important to also remember how big of a deal this is for those closest to you. Besides the obvious traditions (father walking you down the aisle, family pictures, e.t.c.) here are some other ideas to include and thank your family at your wedding.
Honor them on your program
On the back of our ceremony program, we included a thank you to everyone, to our parents, and an in memory tribute to my husband’s grandmother. We know she would have loved to be there and although she didn’t get the chance to see us get engaged, we know we would’ve had her blessing. Including her on our program was a reminder to everyone that she was there in spirit.
Wear family heirlooms
Every mother dreams of their daughter wearing their wedding dress (including me, even though my baby is only 9 months old haha).. unfortunately, sometimes when our moms got married in the 80’s it’s just not happening. Ask your mom if you could wear her veil, and ask your grandma if you can use her wedding handbag. Something old and borrowed right there!
Give thoughtful gifts
At our rehearsal dinner, I gave our parents each a personalized photo album. My grandparents who also contributed to our wedding got a personalized silver picture frame. Just little tokens to say THANK YOU for all they’ve done.
Thank them at your reception
It doesn’t have to be a huge speech, but I think it’s a nice touch to get up and thank your parents at some point during the reception. We did it after the maid of honor and best man speeches, and before the cake. We gave a more elaborate speech at the rehearsal dinner but we also wanted to recognize all they’ve done for us at the wedding, with everyone there.
What did you do to thank and include your family at your wedding? Hope to meet some of you over at my blog!