May 20, 2007

Honoring those that make you who you are today

In the wedding planning process, I encourage my clients to reflect upon their lives. What events or which individuals shape you into who you are today? The wedding day can be the perfect time to honor those that are important to you. For many people, that would be their parents and/or grandparents. Whether we admit it or not, our parents have a big part in shaping us into who we are today. If you are lucky enough to have your parents and grandparents participate in your wedding, you should consider honoring them in different ways. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Arrange a special and meaningful song to be played as they are being escorted down the aisle for your ceremony.

2. Present something special to them during the ceremony. It can be as simple as flowers, or as sentimental as a favorite childhood item that reminds you of them.

3. Though it is traditional to do a father/daughter and a mother/son dance, you can certainly add onto that by dancing with both your parents, and even your grandparents! I had a bride dance with her 90 year old grandfather and it was one of the most touching parts of the day.

4. Have pictures of your parents' wedding, or memorable family photos displayed at the wedding to share with guests.

5. Keep a sentimental item, like a grandmother's brooch or handkerchief, with you during the day.

Don't be afraid to be creative and be true to your heart in how you want to honor the special people in your lives. Even if they cannot attend your wedding, you can still honor them in many different ways.

Photo on top by Michelle Walker
Photo to the left by Lawrence Lauterborn

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