Realistically, you can only fit so many people in your bridal party. Looking for alternative ways for close friends and family to be involved and feel included on wedding day? Keep reading!
Raise A Glass
While you probably have a super tight timeline, a toast is much easier to squeeze in than a speech. You can ask someone to give an opening toast, and the best part is it can be done as formally or informally as you’d like! Some great times to do a quick 30 second toast is when you join cocktail hour, before everyone sits down at rehearsal dinner, or at your post wedding brunch!
Ask Someone To Be Your Witness
When you sign your marriage license, you’ll need someone to be your witness. Typically, this person is someone who is close to you. This is the perfect opportunity to allow someone special to be a part of this exciting moment with you as you make it official!
Invitation To Your First Look
Should your timeline allow, do a first look with close friends or family. This is a great way to incorporate a group of people who you were thinking about including on your wedding day. It’s so precious to share those feelings with the ones you’re closest to before you join all your other guests. The pictures are an added bonus.
Present The Rings
If you don’t have a ring bearer, you can also have a cousin or friend take on this role. Traditionally, this is done by someone younger but it’s really up to you! You don’t even have to necessarily have them walk down the aisle. You could even have this person sit in the front row and come up and deliver the rings when prompted during the ceremony.
Dedicate A Song
Ask your DJ or Emcee to make the announcement about a certain song being dedicated to someone close to you. This doesn’t necessarily have to be one of your scheduled dances during the evening. It is still a thoughtful gesture to have the announcement made. If it’s a slow dance song you’re dedicating to an aunt and uncle or grandparents, you could invite them to the middle of the dance circle with you to share a few moments together.
Once you’ve picked your favorites, it’s time to put it all in motion! Ask your loved ones, and work with one of our virtual wedding planners to figure out where it fits in your day of timeline. They are sure to feel included on wedding day with memories to cherish for years to come!