Not only are you tying the knot with your forever person; you’re also tying the knot with their loved ones. The start of a marriage forms a new family circle and a bond that will never be broken. As your biggest support system, it’s important to make each relative feel included and welcomed in your wedding ceremony. Learn how you can incorporate your loved ones into your big day with these essential tips.
Something Old, Something New
Keep your family close by wearing or carrying a small token of love passed down by a relative. For instance, maybe you have your grandma’s wedding band or another piece of jewelry that’s been passed down through generations. The “something old” will represent continuity, while the “something new,” such as your wedding dress or shoes, will incorporate your own style to your once-in-a-lifetime day.
Showcase a memorial table at your wedding ceremony in honor of your loved ones that have passed away. Old photos give a meaningful visual of the people that have played an important role in your life and shaped you to be the person you are today. Or, put charms with photos of your loved ones on the bouquets.
A Special Toast
One of the best ways to ring in the unification of two families is through a special family-only toast at the reception. Have the staff pass around glasses of champagne to the of-age family members in attendance and take a second to thank them for coming. It’s important to relay this special toast with your caterer or the venue beforehand, so they know to set aside enough bottles at the time.
An Intimate Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner is the optimal time to relax with your closest guests on the night before the wedding. If you and your soon-to-be-spouse have a lot of members attending, consider making the occasion a time exclusively for family. This way, the two clans have the chance to catch up with each other, while also meeting their new in-laws. The dinner can be held at a family member’s home or banquet hall big enough for everyone. Use the same caterer you’ll use for the reception, but switch up your menu and serve some variety.
Honor Family Traditions
Let the traditions live on as you start the formation of your new family. If heritage is a main aspect to your family, whether it be culture or religion, honor this by combining traditions from both families. For instance, smash that glass if you’re a Jewish couple or incorporate readings in different languages if your loved ones have different ethnic backgrounds. Whatever it is, this day represents the blending of two families into one!
To continue the honoring of your family traditions, incorporate foods from both sides of the family at the wedding reception. Bradford Catered Events will help you create a traditional palate that further unites the tie between the families.
Incorporating your family into the wedding is simple with these steps and ideas, but we will make it even easier to leave an everlasting impression! Bradford Catered Events offers set-up services, clean-up services and complete bar service. With over 35 years of experience, customizable menus and multiple food service options, we make it easy to get everything you need in one place. To book us for your wedding or event, give us a call at (865) 522-5552 or visit our website.