Don’t only rely on your bridesmaids to be on wedding duty. In the basics of being a bridesmaid I breakdown what this entails, but there is still a lot for your families to help with. Members of your family and extended family want to be there for you on your special day too. Weddings are all about the joining of two families, not just marrying your love. There are many ways you can honor your families by incorporating them into your wedding day. By incorporating them into your wedding day, they will feel how much they mean to you on your big day! Here’s very meaningful ways to incorporate them.

HAVE YOUR MOM HOLD YOUR BOUQUET DURING THE CEREMONY

Dads get a lot of recognition from walking you down the aisle, making a speech at the reception and participating in the father daughter dance. Make sure your mom feels involved and have her hold your bouquet during the ceremony. The maid of honor will have her own flowers to hold, so instead of handing your bouquet to her, surprise your mom and hand it to her instead! Another fun alternative is to surprise both your mom and mother in law with their own bouquets.

LET YOUR SIBLINGS HOLD THE RING

If your brother isn’t a groomsmen, have him hold onto your groom’s wedding band. Or if your soon-to-be sister in law isn’t part of your bride squad, let her in on the wedding ceremony fun by having her hold your wedding band. When the officiant asks for the rings, your siblings can bring them up from the front row. Or if they are younger, make them into the flower girl or ring bearer to carry the rings on a wedding pillow.

HAVE YOUR GRANDPARENTS BE YOUR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WITNESSES

There is no more beautiful gesture than to ask your grandparents to do the honors of witnessing the signing of your marriage certificate. Even better? Have a special pen engraved for them to keep as a sweet keepsake.

GIVE YOUR IN-LAWS A MOMENT TO SHINE

The parents of the groom need to be recognized too! The parents of the groom don’t often get recognized so make sure they are taken care of, too! Whether you give them a special gift thanking them for raising their son right (so sweet) or even let them do the honor of walking their son down the aisle, make sure they’re part of the magic, too.

HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED

Even though some of your most nearest and dearest loved ones have passed, you can still celebrate them on your wedding day. Tie your grandmother’s picture around your bouquet with a ribbon. Have your husband wear his father’s favorite tie. Incorporate a special flower in your bouquet or boutonniere to remember a favorite aunt or uncle.