Are you looking for ways to honour special people in your life with roles during your wedding? It's common to choose bridesmaids or groomsmen or bridesmen and groomsmaids to stand with your during the ceremony. Of course, most people choose their good friends or siblings for these roles, but what if you have a huge family and a ton of friends? How can you include them and make them feel special? Here are a few ideas for including those special people in your wedding.
Usher - the person(s) responsible for assisting the elders, or just special people, to their seats. Traditionally groomsmen do double duty as ushers but think about picking other folks to be ushers if you want to include more people.
Ring Bearer - the person responsible for carrying the ring and can guide the ring through the ring warming, if you doing that. I’ve had a 90-year-old Granddad be one of the most enthusiastic ring bearers I’ve ever seen.
Flower Girl - this person goes down the aisle right before the bride (in a traditional wedding) and drops flower petals for her to walk on. This doesn't have to be a young child – and once again I have had grandparents do it (be warned they started throwing the petals at the guests).
Reader - someone who comes up during the ceremony to read a poem or other bit of writing. Typical topics include; love, marriage, friendship, family, the couple's love story.
Wedding Singer - a person with a great voice, who has sung in front of crowds, who sings you a lovely song during your ceremony.
Musician - a friend or family member who is a professional musician to play your processional and recessional music.
Witnesses - in New Zealand you need two people to act as witnesses to your wedding who sign the marriage licence. Witnesses can be anyone, of any age, as long as they undertand the implication of a marriage
Water Boy/Girl - this person ensures the couple getting married always have, and regularly consume water during the wedding day. It's crucial the couple stay hydrated throughout the day and they often forget to drink water.
Point Person - sometimes it's nice to assign someone the role of point person for all your wedding vendors. This should be a very responsible person who knows your wishes and can make decisions for your so you're not bothered during your wedding. It may seem more like a job and less like an honour but firstly you need someone to do this if you don't have a wedding planner, secondly, it really is an honour since that person is in charge in your big day
Dance Starter - I can't underestimate the role of this person. Getting the dance party started must be assigned to someone. Once one person starts everyone else will feel comfortable getting out there.