If you have a lot of close friends or are keeping your bridal party super small, there will undoubtedly be someone left out. If this is the case, but you still want them to be involved in your big day, there are a number of ways to do so. Here’s how!
Instead of having your officiant do all your selected readings during your ceremony, invite a dear friend to do so. They will feel included and your ceremony will feel more personal having someone special read your favourite passages.
Did you and your partner opt to not include each other’s siblings in your bridal party? If this is the case but you still want to include them in the big day, have them adopt to the role of MC. Keep in mind that this role involves being comfortable speaking in front of a room full of people so make sure your prospective MCs are comfortable with being the centre of attention (besides you of course).
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Include them in getting ready:
Even if they aren’t in your bridal party, extending the invite to get ready with you in the morning is a great way to spend some special time with your friends before the big moment!
Pre-Wedding events– Big and Small:
Make sure to include your close friends in all pre-wedding events! From the bridal shower to the bachelorette and even dress fittings. Including them in the little things will make them feel like a bigger part of the wedding as a whole even if they aren’t in your bridal party.
Mention them at the Rehearsal Dinner:
If they’ve played a special role in your life, don’t be afraid to gush a little at the rehearsal dinner and show them some love.
Give them a role at the Reception:
Is your friend the type that wants to be involved even if it’s not as part of the bridal party? If this is the case and your friend also happens to be bubbly and outgoing, include them as a greeter at the reception. Have them engage with guests and show them where to put their cards and gifts, as well as how to find their seats.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to include your closest friends in your big day even if they aren’t a part of your bridal party! Remember, at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and your friends are there to support you and your partner. Happy Planning!