Your maid of honor is a DIY-maven whose love of dogs knows no bounds, while your best man's idea of fun is an hour of carpentry with his Golden Retriever by his side. They seem like a match made in heaven — but should you be their matchmaker?
"Weddings make people feel extra love inside," says Ashley Espinal, owner of Dulce Dream Events. "A bride and groom may use their own wedding to set up friends because it's the easiest way to show them what they can achieve in their relationships. Watching your friends fall in love — and then commit to each other in front of their loved ones — is the ultimate proof that love reigns."
If you've got the love bug and are eager to spread the itch, together, you and your fiancé can chat about who in your wedding party might hit it off. "If you feel strongly about how you know they'll make sparks fly, go for it!" Espinal says. "Playing cupid has its rewards, too."
Just beware: If your instincts were wrong, the ill-match "could have long term consequences that can affect you as well," Espinal says, including wedding party members who are anything but happy on your big day. For this reason, it might be best to set your friends up after you tie the knot.
You could also use your wedding as a opportunity to help a friend who's expressed an interest in finding The One at your reception. "Weddings will always be considered a symbol of love and everyone attending is there to support and celebrate it," Espinal says. "Looking for love — or at least hoping you'll find it in that setting — is more than natural and of course expected. It's like looking for a rose in a sea of flowers. You'll be sure to find one eventually!"