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Incorporate Family into Your Wedding

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As I have been taking my best efforts in social distancing over the next few weeks, I’ve been diving a bit more into my wedding planning. EEK! It’s surreal how fast it’s approaching! We are not having a typical wedding and adding a few unique surprises into the day. One of these involves a very special family member. So, today I am sharing five unique ways to incorporate family into your wedding day!

1. The Wedding Party

Bride and Groom's son escorting flower girls down the aisle during their wedding

One of my favorite ways I have seen a bride incorporate family into the wedding day was when I was a wedding guest (and I’m HOPING one of our brides or grooms includes something like this!!). She had her family members as the wedding party. I’m not talking your typical brother/sister/cousin type family member. She had her grandmothers and aunts serving as co-flower girls in her wedding! How adorable is that?? Your children could make the PERFECT ring-bearer or flower girl if you want to make sure they are in your wedding as well, or even your fur-babies! Moms and dads also make the perfect Matron of Honor and Best Man.

2. The Officiant

Bride's father reciting wedding ceremony for the couple

Surprise! If you didn’t already know, we have chosen my MOM as our officiant! You can too in order to incorporate family into your wedding day! A family member that knows you and your fiancé extremely well is the PERFECT officiant, if you want to go the non-traditional route. Be sure to check with your local laws on the exact steps they need to take, but the Universal Life Church is a great starting point. I can’t tell you how excited my mom is to be our officiant and be a part of our day.

3. The Date

bride and mother sharing a moment before bride walks down the aisle incorporate family by using parent wedding date

Make your date special to you AND your family! We have had a bride who chose her wedding date based on her parent’s date, 30 years later! It is such a wonderful way to incorporate family in your wedding in a unique way. Other families have had at least 3 generations of the same wedding date! You can also consider using your grandparent’s wedding dates as an alternative.

4. The Desserts

incorporate family by using recipes family recipe for cookies displayed at couple's wedding day

Are your family members amazing bakers? Do you all have a secret family recipe that has been passed down through each generation? Incorporate family in your wedding by using their dessert during your reception! We love seeing dessert tables with spreads of homemade goodies from family members. ESPECIALLY when it comes to cookies. YUM!

5. The Entertainment

Groom singing to his bride on their wedding day

Do you have a talented singer in the family? Or does a family member have a band? Even a super cool talent? Another way to incorporate family in your wedding is adding them to your reception as entertainment! We’ve seen everything from a brother singing the first dance song to a choreographed dance, and even magic shows! Make your wedding unique by spicing up the entertainment.

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