Tips to in­volve your par­ents

Bride and Groom - - FAMILY TIES -

• When dress­ing for the cer­e­mony brides can ask their moth­ers for as­sis­tance. Those few quiet mo­ments taken be­fore the hus­tle and bus­tle be­gins will be cher­ished for a life­time. Ask your par­ents to sug­gest read­ings, prayers, po­ems or songs that are sig­nif­i­cant to them for in­clu­sion in the cer­e­mony. While it’s gen­er­ally the bride’s par­ents who ac­com­pany her down the aisle, the groom’s par­ents can also be in­volved by stand­ing with their son as he awaits his bride. In­stead of the best man tak­ing care of the wed­ding rings, the par­ents can present them be­fore be­ing ex­changed by the cou­ple. In­cor­po­rat­ing per­sonal rit­u­als in the cer­e­mony are a won­der­ful way to sig­nify the join­ing of two fam­i­lies. Par­ents of the bride and groom can light a sin­gle unity can­dle from their in­di­vid­ual fam­ily can­dles, pour sep­a­rate con­tain­ers of sand into one dec­o­ra­tive glass bowl or pluck sin­gle flow­ers from two bou­quets and place them in one vase. The fa­ther-and-daugh­ter dance at the wed­ding re­cep­tion is a spe­cial mo­ment that can be made even more-so by the bride ask­ing her dad to choose a sig­nif­i­cant song.

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