Friends: How To Include Them In Your Wedding
Offering your friends a significant role in your wedding, aside from the traditional 'bridal party' responsibility, can be one of the most meaningful things you can do.
From knowing your deepest darkest secrets to 3 am phone calls, walking the high-school corridor together, and being a support like no other, your friends can be closer than family, and a lot of us even consider them as our own flesh and blood.
Offering your friends a significant role in your wedding, aside from the traditional 'bridal party' responsibility, can be one of the most meaningful things you can do. Not all of us want to have a big wedding party with rows of bridesmaids and groomsmen, or some of us simply have too many close friends to give them all the role of ‘bridesmaid’ or ‘groomsman’.
We’ve designed a list so you can ensure every special individual can have a significant role in your wedding day.
1. Invite Them To Get Ready With You.
Gather your best girl or guy friends together on the morning of the wedding and get ready together. Go for a pamper session all together, a round of golf perhaps or a yoga class?
2. Greet Your Guests At The Ceremony.
Ask a couple of your friends to arrive early and greet your guests. They can hand out the order of service and ensure all your guests are brought to their appropriate seat.
3. Include Them Within The Ceremony Formalities.
Why not include them in the ceremony. Have one of them do a reading, or perhaps sing a song if they're vocally blessed.
4. Be Your Witness.
Your witness doesn’t necessarily need to be a parent, the best man, or maid of honor. Ask one of your best friends to come forward to be your witness.
5. Master Of Ceremonies Perhaps.
Got a friend that is extremely comfortable in front of a crowd? Ask them to M.C your wedding. It adds such a personal touch to your reception.... oh, and the stories they could tell.
All images by Mr Theodore photographer Bek Smith.