Sentimental Ways to Honor Your Parents at Your Wedding
- Walk down the aisle (the recessional) to the same song
as your mother did. This is a nice tribute to your parents.
- Give a rose to your mother and groom’s mother as
you walk down the aisle. Talk to your florist and have them
place the two roses in your bouquet (unfastened) and then
pull them out when you reach the front of the church.
- Prior to the ceremony, place a personalized handkerchief
and a rose at both mothers' seats. The handkerchief will
be a wonderful keepsake and remembrance. Or, you could include
a special personal note of thanks with the rose or handkerchief.
- Have your mother’s bridal bouquet duplicated. Find
some pictures of her wedding and give them to your florist.
- Instead of doing a "bouquet toss", dedicate
your bouquet to your mother.
I saw this at one wedding where the bride got up and gave
a little speech about someone very special in her life (without
mentioning who it was) and at the end she told who it was
and dedicated her bouquet to her mother. It was a total
surprise to everyone especially her mother. Needless to
say there was NOT a dry eye in the house!
- At the cake table, include framed pictures of your parent’s
wedding and even your grandparents wedding too!
- Incorporate a family heirloom into your ceremony. This
could include a piece of jewelry, clothing or a family bible.
Some brides like to copy the entire wedding gowns their
mother or grandmother wore.
- Copy the decorations or cake top used by your parents
or grandparents at their wedding.
- As part of your wedding program, you can include a special
poem about family. Here’s an example of a special
dedication to a bride and groom’s parents…
"We would like to dedicate this ceremony to our parents.
They have taught us our values, and shown us how to laugh,
love and appreciate all that life has to offer. Their generosity,
support, and love is unending."
- Ask your Officiant to include the names of your parents
or family in a special prayer. Many times family members
that have recently passed away may be mentioned in a prayer,
but it can also be used for anyone you want mentioned in
a special way.
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