Mums and Dads – quite often the second most excited people about your ceremony (after you, of course…!). Traditionally the father of the bride would get his moment, but the poor Mums would barely be acknowledged. So, if you are looking of ways to include your Mum and/or your Dad in your ceremony? If so, below are some great ways to show them how important they are in your life by having them involved in your special day.
- Traditionally, the father would walk his daughter down the aisle and ‘give her away’ to her husband to be. However, it’s worth thinking about other ways of doing this; including both Mum and Dad walking down with the daughter, the groom entering the ceremonial area with his mother and the brides mother, or having the parents walk in together once all the guests are seated, but just prior to the bridal party.
- Have your parents do a reading – either the two Mums or Dads together. It’s a nice way for them to get to know each other a bit better if they didn’t before, and gives them a bonding moment to always remember.
- Include a ring blessing prior to the ceremony and ask the parents to announce and explain the blessing.
- Ask the parents to be witnesses to the signing of the documentation.
- Give your parents corsages with flowers which have special significance and ask your celebrant to mention this, eg ‘Martha and Chris’s mothers are wearing hydrangeas to symbolise the gratitude they have to their Mums for always understanding them and being a part of their lives’.
- If you are incorporating a unity candle ceremony in your wedding, your parents can also be included in lighting this.
- Have your Mum and/or Dad act as ring bearers, and bring the wedding rings to you during the ceremony.
- Are you parents still together? If so, ask your celebrant to acknowledge the years they have been married and that they probably know a thing or two about marriage. You might even want to get your celebrant to find out from them any wise word(s) they may wish to share, and read them out during the ceremony.
For these and more ideas, chat to Roxy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0478 041227.