Honoring My Parents at My Wedding
My parents played a very important role in not only my wedding, but my life. I’m very close with my mother, father, and stepparents, and I wanted them to each feel special in their own way on my wedding day. I don’t just mean gifts (though you can find many inspirational ideas here (link: http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/mother-of-the-bride-gift-any-ideas-mrs-carole-dont-look/d677ad1d0c6a0d84.html). Here are some of the ideas I considered incorporating into my wedding:
Have your father or other important person in your life walk you down the aisle. Many modern brides are even having their mothers also walk them down the aisle, and I have even seen a bride with her dad on one arm and her stepdad on the other!
Mention them during the ceremony. My groom and I discussed this with our officiant, and we decided to have a rose set aside for each of our mothers that we would present to them during the wedding ceremony. The officiant read some kind, loving words we had written about our relationships while we hugged and handed them the flowers. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Dance together during the reception. This is a particularly great way to incorporate stepparents, grandparents, or any other very special person into the wedding. I danced with my father under the spotlight during my wedding reception, followed by a dance with my stepfather during a slow song with everyone else on the dance floor. I gave our photographer a head’s up that this would occur, so she took plenty of photos of both dances. (Tip: Print these personal images and give them as a gift to your father or stepfather in an engraved frame!)
Create a slideshow dedicated to your family and your groom’s family. My wedding reception included a 5 minute slideshow, narrated by my new husband. We created the slideshow by hunting down funny old photographs (don’t embarrass anyone too badly!), as well as sweet, meaningful ones. We spoke a few thankful words directed to the individual in each photograph to let them share in the spotlight for a few moments.
For numerous other creative ideas, check out this article (http://weddinginvitationideasblog.com/parts-of-a-wedding-ceremony-part-4-parental-honoring-readings).
My family, especially my parents, loved feeling like such a special part of my wedding day. You’re headed to a new life with your new husband, but don’t forget to remember (and honor) your roots!
Are you planning to honor your parents in a special way during your wedding?