A wedding day is a special time for a couple as they become Mr & Mrs. It’s the start of an incredible adventure where you get to spend the rest of your life together. The wedding is the beginning of that great journey. When you invite guests to your wedding, they often spend a lot of money and time preparing for your big day. They might have to book time off work, and travel a long distance to be there for you both. Therefore, you should make sure they know they are appreciated, and you are so pleased they could make the special day. After all, a wedding isn’t great without your guests. Here are 14 unique ways to include your guests in your wedding, and make them feel appreciated.
Say something during your ceremony
A great way of including your guests in your big day is to get them to say something during the service. If you are having a church wedding, you could ask the vicar if you could ask a guest or two to do readings or read out a prayer. It would be a lovely way to make them feel important, even if you haven’t asked them to be part of the wedding party. If it’s a civil ceremony, it’s a bit more informal so you could see if the guests could say something about you as a couple. Instead of a traditional reading, they could say a few words about you and your partner. Or even asking them to read out a significant poem will make them feel part of your day. And make sure you thank them during the speeches for making the effort to come.
Get them to bring pictures of their wedding day
When you send out your wedding invites, you should ask your married guests to bring a photo of their big day. It is a nice gesture as it shows you find them important, and look up to them as role models for how you want to be as a married couple. You can see here some ideas on Pinterest of wedding picture displays you could do. It might be nice to put them on tables if there is enough room. Or even in your reception venue so people can view them in the evening.
Put up photos of family members who have passed away
Another sentimental way of including your guests in your wedding is to put on display pictures of relatives that have passed on. Grandparents, in particular, can be a really nice gesture. Also, if their partner is still alive, it will be meaningful for them as they will be missing them. You could also ask your dad, partner or best man to mention them in their speech. It’s important to highlight that you wish they could be there to take part in your special day.
Let your guests throw confetti
Guests love to throw confetti at the happy couple. It’s a fun and traditional way of celebrating the marriage, and especially older relatives will want to do this. So don’t spoil the fun by saying you don’t want them to do it. It can easily be wiped off your dress. You could even provide them with confetti so that they can do it, in case they leave it at home. You don’t have to use traditional confetti either as you can now get lots of different colours and shapes available to fit your theme.
Let them video the day
Your guests will love filming your big day as it’s creating memories which will last forever. If you let them do it, you could end up saving a lot of money on a wedding videographer. And it will allow you to have a more personal touch to your big day. Provide two video cameras and then let them take it in turns to film parts of your day. It would be a great way to see different elements of your day, as you can’t be everywhere at once. Ask them to chat to guests too, as this will let everyone know that it was important to you that they attended your big day. And it will make a lovely time watching it back.
Have cameras on table
Having disposable cameras on the table is ideal for including your guests in your big day. You can buy them in bulk, so it’s not too expensive for you. The guests can then take photos while enjoying the wedding breakfast, and you will get more informal and silly photos you can keep forever. It will be ideal for you and your partner to look back at them, and you can send good copies to the guests as a thank you.
Get them to sing/play instruments
The best way for you to include your guests in your big day is to give them a part in your wedding. Find out who can play instruments and let them take part in the ceremony itself. If any singers are coming along, you could consider letting them sing a song during the service. Or they could even sing a tune during the reception do. The first dance sung by a loved one will be really special. It will be ideal for them to feel included in your big day, and will make it even more personal.
Have a unique guest book
Instead of the traditional guestbook where they write messages to you both, why not have a picture of the two of you. They can then write their names around the photo, and then after the big day, you can get it framed and put it up for display on your wall. It will make you smile every time you see it. That way, it’s not going to end up in a box in your drawer.
Get them to write down some advice
A great way of including guests in your wedding is to ask them to write a piece of wedding advice and then place it in a basket. It will be fun for you and your partner to read them after. Some people now have wedding wishing trees, where people can write advice and hang it up for everyone to see. There is bound to be some funny tips on there for you both, as well as vital info you could use to help you to start your marriage.
Ask them to hold candles during your service
Another unique way to include your guests in your wedding ceremony is to get them to hold candles during the service. It will look fabulous in photos, as well as make the service more romantic. You could also get them to do this later on in the day if you all head outdoors. Just make sure they don’t let children hold any, as accidents could happen!
They could let off balloons
Ask them to write their names on balloons during the wedding breakfast. Then later on in the day, everyone could let them off outside the venue. It is a fun way of including your guests in your big day, and it will make exciting photos that you can keep forever.
Give everyone a sparkler
During your evening do, when it gets dark outside, you could all head outside and do some fireworks. It will be a great show for everyone to watch. To include them, you could give your guests a sparkler to hold. It will be fun for everyone and again, will make fantastic photos that you can keep forever. Check out here for new info from WeddingSparklersDirect.com.
Provide flip flops for dancing in the evening
Walking around all day can mean everyone’s feet can get painful by the evening. To make sure everyone has a very good time during your big day, it has become popular to provide alternative footwear for the evening. You could put some flip flops out for people to wear so that the heels can be tossed aside. It will mean they can dance till later, and will enjoy the day.
Provide suitable things for the weather
It’s crucial that your guests feel included in your big day, and the best way to do this is to show they are important to you. For example, if the day is going to be boiling, it would be really helpful if you provide bottles of waters during the day to keep your guests cool. You could also provide them with fans, and parasols if they will be out in the hot sun for a lot of the day. If it’s going to be a wedding in winter months, you should provide blankets for your guests to snuggle up in during the wedding reception. If the weather is set to rain, you could also provide umbrellas so that they can have cover during your reception.
These gestures are great ways of including the guests in your big day. They will appreciate them, and will be pleased they made the effort to come to your wedding.