Fun Wedding Ideas/Memories?
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Well, we've been right in the middle of wedding plans
with Simbarel (who's wedding is tomorrow) so I bet
someone will come up with something. Disney weddings
I bet are magical (no pun intended ) but $$$
My mom had a very sweet idea of my dh and I keeping a rose for my grandparents(and the groom's if they are alive) and handing them each a rose when you get to the altar. My grandparents were teared up as it was and this about sent them over the edge!LOL!! For me, it was especially important to honor my grandparents, as my grandfather was too sick w/cancer to even walk me down the aisle(my brother did it, as my dad died when I was 12) and my dh's grandfather was in intensive care at the time and died the next day.
We tend to forget the grandparents, but they are the head of the family as a whole and its so nice to honor them for the values they instilled all down the line.
Congratulations on your wedding!!! may you have many blessings along the way!
A friend of mine did this at the end of her wedding reception and there wasn't a dry eye in the house:
For the last dance of the night, the bandleader asked the bride and groom to come out on the dance floor. (The groom had no idea what was coming). The band played softly as the bride sang "Let me call you sweetheart, I'm in love with you" to her new husband. Then the parents of the couple joined them on the dancefloor, singing, then the bridal party, and then everyone was swaying to the music and singing. It was memorable.
At another wedding, I was maid of honor for my girlfriend, so I sneaked a cassette player into her bedroom while we were all doing our hair, and getting dressed. I pushed play and "Goin' to the Chapel and we're gonna get married" came on. She got all teary eyed and had to do her make-up over but we had a lively time dancing around her bedroom that day!
It's not really anything fun or entertaining, but one piece of advice we were given which we've always passed on is to take time out on your big day, just the two of us to review what's happened, as you'll both have seen different things. The day goes so fast, it's really important to grab five or ten minutes to remember it all - it helps for future memories as well.
One of our wedding guests took candid shots at the reception of all our guests. It's been fun over the years to look at these pictures and see who was there especially since so many have died over the years.
We had a picture of us taken at the reception of us and our grandparents. It's one of our favorites.
When we got married our photographer had "whole family" pictures taken. My DH and I had a picture taking with all of his family, mother, father, brother, SIL, nephew and neices, as well as all the extended family that came in for the wedding, then we did the same with my family and extended family. We had copies of each group shot put in our album. We also order copies for both our mothers. This is a great way to remember which family members came to our wedding.
Well, we did one cute thing...I drew a cartoon-ish pic of Jason and myself for each child to color during the wedding, then put one each on a clipboard with a box of 8 crayons...it helped to keep the little ones from being bored!
Also...my grandmother was literally on her death bed when I got married, so we hung her corsage in the place where she would have sat if she'd been there. That would be a good thing to do for grandparents who have passed away also.
I don't really have any advice about planning memorable things. My wedding had lots of unplanned things that make us laugh now.
My Uncle took our photos - including the ones of me getting ready. Didn't realize until after I got the photos that my UNCLE had been in the room while I was in a corset and hose!!
My mother married us, and got long winded (she's a minister). I had to kick off my shoes, and told the bridesmaids to go sit down!! Because of this, I've told all of my friends and relatives to wear comfy shoes! My niece just got married a month ago- and she wore Black Converse Chuck Taylors!! It was a blast to see people's reactions, especially her DH's!!
My step-son and DD got into an argument in the recessional and black each other's eyes.
My step-son also knocked a music stand over in the church music room and it gauged the piano something awful!
Basically - what I tell everyone who wants a memorable wedding: Almost everyone gets married at some time in their lives. THEIR day is special to THEM, and THEY will never forget it. I've not forgotten a thing about mine, and it was almost 21 years ago. I remember little about all of the weddings I've attended, and it was usually something not planned.
Like at my DD's wedding, my DBiL got both families doing a line dance, towards the end of the wedding. It was a blast. We did the same thing at my niece's wedding, too. Nice way to get to know the "other side".
My sister took a disposable camera and took pictures of everyone feet? My brother took a picture of himself on every disposable camera he could get his hands on. Do I vote for those.
I made a lot of my own stuff for my wedding, because I like that kind of thing, flowers. boutineers (however you spell it), the girls flowers and such. I think every bride should make one thing for their wedding, favors or something.
I've helped other brides make the small candy bar wrappers, hershey kiss roses, fun stuff. Anyway, that is my recommendation.