Don’t Forget Nana And Papa
By Tresa Erickson
From groomsmen and bridesmaids to ringbearers and flower girls, family members often play a pivotal role in weddings. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins-nearly everyone has a role to play but Nana and Papa. Sure, they attend the festivities, walk down the aisle and sit up front with the rest of the family, but other than that, they have little to do. As head of the family, don’t they deserve more? Here are some ideas to include and honor Nana and Papa in your wedding.
While younger family members are often asked to be in the wedding, that does not mean you cannot ask your grandparents to step in. Perhaps your grandfather would like to be an usher and welcome and seat all of the guests. Perhaps your grandmother would like to show off her chops and be your pianist. Heck, your grandparents might get a kick out of walking down the aisle together as a groomsman and bridesmaid.
If your grandparents would prefer to stay out of the limelight, you should respect their wishes and find some other way to honor them. Here are some suggestions:
• Wear a replica of your grandmother’s wedding dress.
• Include your grandparents’ names in your wedding program.
• Give your grandparents a boutonniere and a corsage to wear.
• Place wedding photos of your grandparents and parents at the reception.
• Seat your grandparents, along with your parents, at a special table at the reception.
• Tell a story about your grandparents at the reception.
• Have a special song played for your grandparents at your reception and ask them to dance with you.
If your grandparents are deceased, you may still honor them at your wedding with photos and letters. You may also ask your officiant to say a special prayer in their name.
Grandparents are to be cherished. Make sure yours know how much they mean to you by including them in your wedding.