How To: Make Two Families Become One on Your Wedding Day
Making two families become one on your wedding day can be quite a task. You may both come from very different backgrounds and places, your families may even speak different languages, but there is one thing in common – they are all here to celebrate with you! Many brides and grooms lose sleep and stress about bringing so many different people together at their wedding so here are a few tips on how to make two families become one on your wedding day:
1. Tell your photographer to take a variety of group shots. This will help diminish any awkwardness by pulling guests’ attention to the camera. Plus, it’ll be a memorable image when you flip back through your photo album and see an image of the groom’s husband chatting up the bride’s grandma.
2. If your ceremony is religion-based, make sure to incorporate members from both sides of the family and not just those that are closely related or in the wedding party. Include those friends or distant relatives that mean something to you in the day’s festivities. Have a few people do a reading at the ceremony.
3. Brides, don’t be shy on the dance floor. Grab the groom’s uncle, grandfather, godfather, or another important male in his life and go for a spin on the dance floor! It may take the groom’s relative by surprise, but he will remember the thoughtful gesture forever!
4. Say hello to EVERYONE. Yes, this is a daunting task, but a necessary one. Let your photographer know you will be on the move and so he/she can capture the moments when you and your newly wedded partner greet each table or group.
5. Employ your more outgoing wedding party participants, particularly your fearless friends, to pay attention to the guests who may need a little TLC. Perhaps it’s a friend of your mother’s or an out-of-town guest of the groom’s parents, or an old work colleague that feels slightly out of place. A small conversation or gesture of inclusion may help make the event feel more personal and memorable for that guest that does’t quite feel like they belong.