In a recent consultation, I was chatting to a lovely couple about different ways you can include wedding guests on your wedding day. You may not want lots of bridesmaids/groomsmen (which is totally fine) but you’d like some guests to have a special involvement, in this post I share some ways to include wedding guests on your wedding day.
Doing a reading
During the ceremony you have a couple of opportunities for readings, this is a really lovely way to include loved ones. Readings are often chosen by the reader and have meaning to the couple.
Master of Ceremonies
A master of ceremonies (also known as the MC) is a person with a loud voice who keeps the day running smoothly. Some of the roles of an MC would include:
- Introducing the bride and groom into the reception
- Keeping guests informed on the events of the day
- Helping organise the group photos and the confetti line
- Introducing speakers during the speeches
- Announcing cake cut and first dance
Witness the ceremony
You could ask a couple of close friends/family to be witnesses during the ceremony. During a civil ceremony, the witnesses will be asked to come forward and will be asked to sign in the registry book.
Got a pal with a fancy car?
You could ask them if they’d like to drive you to and from the ceremony location? It makes the whole wedding transport experience just that little bit more personal.
Having them make something
I have been to a few weddings where the wedding cake has been made by the wedding guests in a Great British Bake Off style. The cake that the wedding couple like the most would be the one that gets cut later on in the day. What a fab idea!
Have musical gifted friends/family? What better way to include them by asking if they’d like to perform on your wedding day. I have seen mothers, fathers, nieces, friends, groomsmen and bridesmaids perform on wedding days, whether that be singing, playing the piano, flutes, guitar. It adds a personal touch and it will mean so much to you on the day.
Parts of the day that work really well for musical performances would be whilst you’re signing the register, walking down the aisle, whilst guests are going through to the wedding breakfast and during reception drinks.
Helping decorate the venue the day before
People love to help so don’t be afraid to ask, they’ll probably feel honoured that you have asked. There is a lot more work than you may first realise when it comes to setting up a wedding venue, so the more hands the better.