Including parents in your heterosexual or same sex Wedding is a great way to honor them, and show your appreciation for their love and support. Here are some ideas:
- Include them in the planning process: You can involve your parents in the wedding planning process by asking for their input and ideas. This can be a great way to bond and spend time together before the big day. If they’re creative, even better!
- Ask them to be part of the wedding party: If you are having a bridal party, you can ask your parents to be part of it. They can serve as a bridesmaid or groomsmen, and even a flower girl or page boy!
- Have a gift or note delivered to them before the Wedding.
- Let them assist you as you get ready on the day- your photographer can capture beautiful moments as they adjust your veil or attach your jewellery.
- Walk down the aisle with them: Instead of having your father walk you down the aisle, consider having both parents walk you down the aisle. This is a great way to involve both parents in the ceremony. A modern take is to have the Mother give the Groom away.
- Involve them in the ceremony: You can involve your parents and Grandparents in the ceremony by having them do a reading, light a candle or perform a ritual.
- Give them a special role: You can give your parents a special role in the wedding, such as being the witness to your marriage license.
- Have them give a speech. They can share their wisdom, funny stories, or give a toast to the happy couple.
- Honor them with a special dance: You can have a special dance with your parents during the reception. A father-daughter dance or a mother-son dance is a traditional way to include parents in the wedding celebration.
- Provide comfortable seating in vantage points throughout the Wedding so that elderly or less mobile family members can experience everything that’s happening throughout the event.
Remember, the most important thing is to choose something that feels meaningful to you and your parents, and doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable. Expecting estranged family members to sit or play a part together, can cause unnecessary stress! Talk to them beforehand to gauge their concerns and ideas.