How to Make Family Members and Friends Feel Special During Your Wedding Ceremony

Updated 03/29/15

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Not everyone can be in your wedding party — especially with friends, siblings, and cousin involved in your big day, there's a lot of special family members that get left out of the main action. That doesn't mean, though, that you can't honor them in some way during your wedding ceremony. Grandparents, for example, are a key example of the type of family member you'd like to make feel special that can't be a part of the wedding party. Here, a few ideas for honoring loved ones during your wedding ceremony.

Despite those in the bridal party and groomsmen, there might be a number of family members that the bride and groom wish to honor during the ceremony. Giving these relatives special jobs or scriptures to read will show them how much you love and appreciate them.

If you have little nieces, nephews, cousins, or friends's kids that aren't serving as the flower girls and ring bearers, for example, you can ask them to hand out programs, yarmulkes, or prayer books to make them feel special. On the other hand, if you want to honor your grandparents, you can have them partake in the processional (a custom common during a Jewish wedding ceremony) or gift them a boutonniere or corsage to wear with pride. You can ask an uncle or aunt to partake in a specific prayer or give a reading if you're hosting a religious ceremony, and dub specific guests of honor, close friends, who can greet guests, act as ushers, or hand out programs and the guest book.

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