Being engaged and getting to plan a wedding has got to be one of the most beautiful ways to bond as a couple. And better yet, what a wonderful way to get to know your Other Half’s family. If you haven’t spent a ton of time together, involving them in the wedding planning process is a pretty fun way to break the ice. Wondering just how to involve your family in your wedding? Here are some very practical, simple and fun ways to do just that!
Get them to help with DIY decor projects
Perhaps you’ve chosen to get creative and make some of your own wedding decor, assemble your own bouquets or design the invitations yourself. Invite your family to take part in the creativity! You’ll have fun together and the work will get done faster with more hands on deck.
Photo by Kevin Morris Photography | A Sweet Summer Wedding at Mount Juliet
Take them dress shopping
If you’re the type of bride who wants opinions on your wedding dress, consider taking your mom and your Other Half’s mom along with you when you try on dresses. Not keen on having additional opinions on your wedding dress? Consider joining the moms when they shop for their dresses!
Photo by Lauren Victoria Gibson | A Traditional Sun-Filled Wedding by Lyndyloo in Spain
Show them your venue
What’s the best way to get your families excited about your wedding? Take them to the place where it’s all going to happen! Show them why you chose your dream venue and they will fall in love with it, just like you did.
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Photo by Ruth Foran Photography | Sian and Eric’s White Wedding at Trim Castle Hotel
Ask them to spend the morning of the wedding day with you
A lovely way to involve your family in your wedding is to invite them to be with you on the morning of the wedding day.
Photo by Give Us A Goo Photography | A Gorgeous Vintage Inspired Wedding
Involve them in the ceremony
There are a few ways you could do this. Anything from making sure they have priority seating right in the front row to inviting your mom or dad to walk you down the aisle to inviting them to do a reading, and anything in between!
Photo by Paul Duane Photography | A Hollywood Glam Wedding at Knightsbrook Hotel
Include them in some fun photos
We’ve all seen the standard family photos taken at weddings, but why not throw in some fun photos that’ll have everyone smiling and laughing? Anything involving a unique backdrop or some interactive props is sure to have everyone feeling (and looking) relaxed. I love this balloon send-off idea, which resulted in a gorgeous and spontaneous photo with family and close friends.
Photo by Amir Kaljikovic | Two-Day Wedding Festivities at Schloss Prielau, Austria
Ask for their input regarding the wedding playlist
Ever heard of a playlist party? Well, it goes a little bit like this: You, your Other Half, and both of your families spend an afternoon or evening together, choosing the right music for the wedding day. You can include your favourite wine and snacks, an epic online playlist of everyone’s top picks, and I’d advise you to make sure there’s enough space for a little bit of dancing. You know, to test out the songs and see if they’ll really get everyone up on the dancefloor!
Photo by Paul Duane Photography | A Wonderful Castle Durrow Wedding
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.