10 Ways to Involve Family and Friends in Your Wedding
Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship, and it’s extra special when you can involve the community that support you both, by giving special wedding roles for friends and family. Read this article for 10 ways to involve all those you love in your dream wedding in Brighton.
Note- in the below photo the grooms dad made the amazing tree cake stand, and all of the cakes were baked by different family members!
Your wedding is about celebrating you and your partner’s love. But, the planning is about letting your friends and family show their love for you.
It makes your mom, dad, in-laws, and close friends feel special when they have their own tasks. It shows how much you value them in your life.
What are some different aspects of the planning that you can delegate? How can you get your loved ones involved?
Here are some fun ways that get everyone involved in the planning. Keep reading for the 10 best wedding roles for friends and family.
10 Special Wedding Roles for Friends and Family to Involve Them
1. Ceremony Performance
If you have a loved one that has musical talent, asking them to perform is the highest honor. It means you not only believe in their talent but want to share it with others.
There are a few ways you could do this. You may want them to perform the song you walk down the aisle to. Or, it could be a song you have your first dance to.
If a loved one has awesome taste in music, ask them to create the playlist for the reception. Professional DJ or not, having control over your wedding’s music is an honor.
2. Catering and Cake
Does your grandmother make the most amazing cupcakes? Or is your mother-in-law’s chocolate fudge cake legendary?
Asking your amateur chef loved ones to be involved makes them feel appreciated. Plus, all your guests will get to experience their delicious skills.
You can still have a catering company cover the main dishes. But, leave room for the homemade additions from your loved ones. Consider making special signs for their dishes so everyone knows how proud you are.
3. Graphics Help
You might not realize it at first, but weddings use a lot of custom graphics. Hiring a graphic designer can be expensive. Instead, look at which friends or family members have skills in this.
Your invitations, table signs, and name holders all use graphics. Choose a close and creative friend to collaborate with. Ask for their opinion on what would look best.
Even the thank-you notes you send out after can have a special touch to them. Involve your friends with design skills in this wedding planning task.
4. Polaroid Photographer
Polaroid guestbooks are all the rage this wedding season. Having a professional photographer is still crucial. But, allowing your guests to take their own Polaroids is a fun activity.
Do you have a friend or family member that gets along with everyone they meet? They could be the perfect person to be in charge of the guestbook. Give them exclusive access to the Polaroid camera and ask them to make sure everyone has a picture.
Not only is it fun for them, but it’s one less thing you have to worry about on your big day.
5. Family Heirlooms
Nothing makes a mother cry happy tears like passing down family heirlooms. See if both sides of your families have items you could use in the wedding.
One common idea is attaching heirloom jewelry to your bouquet. Or, wearing their gorgeous vintage jewelry. You could also attach a piece of their wedding dress’s fabric to your vail or bouquet.
Another idea is showcasing your parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures at your reception. It shows the marriages that inspire your own.
6. Unifying Rituals
Your wedding is about you and your partner coming together as one. But, it’s also about the melding of your two families.
Consider a unifying ritual in your ceremony to honor the two families becoming one. You could have a candle lighting ceremony, or water pouring.
One popular idea is the sand filling ceremony. Each family member has a small glass of colored sand. Taking turns, each member pours their sand into a communal vase symbolizing unity.
Most wedding ceremonies include readings or blessings from the officiant. You may want to discuss with the officiant having a loved one perform a reading.
This is a beautiful way to involve those you love. Either choose a reading with them or allow them to write a personal one.
It can get fun when the reader includes inside jokes and personal memories with the couple. They can also give marriage advice from their own experiences.
8. Incorporating the Kids
Many marriages include children gaining a new step-parent. It’s crucial that you give these kids the opportunity to get involved.
Besides making them your maid of honor or best man, give them a task. They could be in charge of minding the flower girls and ring bearer.
Or, you could let them help you pick your dress, ring, or wedding colors. Asking for their opinion can make them feel important and involved.
9. Honor Lost Loved Ones
Getting married without a loved one because they passed away is hard. It makes your big day even more emotional.
You can honor that person and your family by incorporating them into the wedding. Holding a moment of silence during the reception for them is one idea. Another is including something about them in your speeches or vows.
It’s a beautiful moment for everyone when you dedicate a time and space to your loved one.
10. DIY Decor
While you could buy all your wedding decorations brand new, it’s much more fun to DIY. Especially when you have friends or family that excel at arts and crafts.
This is a fun way to get a group of people you care about together. Host a decoration-making party. Take a poll online of what decorating ideas they think would be a good idea.
If you have someone who you trust with decorations, let them take the lead. On your wedding day, you’ll look around and see handmade items by the people you love.
Want More Wedding Roles for Friends and Family?
There are tons of wedding roles for friends and family to get involved in. You don’t have to do all the wedding planning alone. Allowing people you love to help shows them how much you love them.
From the ceremony to the reception, the possible tasks you can delegate are endless. Consider what your loved ones are good at and can help with.
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If you had any wedding roles for friends and family that made your wedding even more fun and special, please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section below!