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Whether you're fortunate enough to have both sets of grandparents in attendance on your big day or just one, it's important to try and see the event through their eyes. After all, "They're special people and should be honored but in a different way than your parents," points out wedding planner Jason Mitchell, author of the book Getting Groomed. With that said, here are four ways to show grandma and grandpa lots of love on your big day (and ensure they enjoy the day just as much as the next guest)!
1. Play some songs that make them want to jump up and dance
Yes, it's your big day, but that doesn't mean you can't keep grandma and grandpa in mind when curating your playlist. As celebrity wedding and event planner Danielle Rothweiler, of Rothweiler Event Design, notes, older guests like grandparents frequently feel left out and would love to get out on the dance floor but "Uptown Funk" simply isn't going to do it for them. "Remember to include some songs from their generation," she suggests, "and if you want to take it a step further, add favorites that you know they'll love as a special surprise."
2. Give grandma a pretty corsage
There's nothing grandmas love more than a small corsage that can wrap around the wrist, rather than a bouquet, which might fluster her, says Mitchell. She'll be touched by the thoughtful gesture, as well as incredibly pleased that you didn't forget to include her.
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3. Offer them the chance to speak
If your grandparents are comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, Mitchell recommends offering them the opportunity to give a welcome toast or blessing over the wine. "Feeling honored will mean the world to them." You can always ask them to say something at the rehearsal dinner when there's more time or the morning-after brunch also.
4. Be considerate when it comes to seating
Do yourself and your grandparents a solid by sitting them the furthest away from your band or DJ, if possible. "They'll totally appreciate the quieter section," tells Mitchell. If you're not doing a sit-down dinner, you'll still want to be sure there are lounge areas away from the dance floor that grandma and grandpa can relax and have a conversation at and actually hear others talk.