Incorporating Family Announcements into Your Wedding
Incorporating special moments, birthdays, or announcements is a fun way to involve your guests in your wedding and can be so meaningful. From acknowledging your parent’s anniversary to your maid of honor’s birthday, it’s a fun way to celebrate your loved ones while already surrounded by friends and family. If you’re okay with sharing the spotlight, we’ve put together a list of ways to help surprise a loved one during your reception.
Things to Consider
Tell Your Wedding Planner
Before you surprise your loved one, be sure to let your wedding planner know. You don’t want to leave them out of the secret because they can help with the logistics and ensure that it goes smoothly. Your wedding planner will ensure that the photographer is ready to photograph the moment, ensure that guests are in the right place, and let the band or DJ know when to start the music again.
Consider the timing of the surprise. Use quiet times during the reception to ensure you aren’t stopping the party for the announcement; it can be hard to get the vibe going again! Look for moments where everyone is attentive, like after the first dance, to ensure everyone is paying attention, and then your planner can help shift the focus back to you and your partner.
Remember, it’s okay to say no if someone asks to share your special day! Sometimes, friends will want to propose or announce something big (like an engagement or pregnancy) during a wedding. While you can certainly share in the fun, remember it is absolutely okay to say no. Your wedding day is about you, your partner, and celebrating the love that you two share.
Ways to Celebrate Your Loved Ones
A Birthday Sweet Treat
If you have any special birthdays, whether that be a sweet grandparent or someone in your wedding party, consider lighting a candle on a small cake or cupcake to have them blow out. It’s a small but special gesture they are sure to appreciate.
During dinner or after the best man and maid of honor speech, grab the microphone to give a quick toast of your own. If a family member or close friend got engaged or had a baby while planning your big day, raise a glass in their honor. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and sometimes we don’t get to celebrate the milestones as we should. This is the perfect way to make them feel special!
If your parents, grandparents, or special couples in your life are hitting an anniversary milestone, make a special anniversary announcement during a slow dance. Whether you want to give them a special shoutout or have your DJ do it, it’s the perfect way to make them feel special while including everyone on the dance floor. If you are looking for a way to make it extra meaningful, play their wedding song when you make the announcement.
A Personal Note
Is there anything sweeter than a personal note? Handwrite a sweet message from you and your partner to add to their place setting at their seat; they will certainly appreciate the gesture when they see it! For a more public gesture, add a sweet shoutout to your menu or wedding program. They will be able to keep the program as a precious keepsake from your wedding.
A Small Tribute
Find a way to add small details from your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding into your big day. Add small details, like a candle or cake topper, to act as a memorable tribute to the special couple in your life. It makes for great photographs, and they are bound to love the tribute!
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