Though weddings are focused on the couple's love for one another, they are also rooted in the love and support of their families. Family traditions take center stage primarily during the wedding ceremony; however, the entire day is often filled with words of support, love, and joy from parents of the bride and groom, as well as siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and more.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to incorporate familial customs on your big day, there are a number of other ways to honor family throughout your celebration – particularly when it comes to the décor. Some brides choose to add charms to their bouquets that showcase photos of loved ones who are no longer with them, while grooms do the same with locket-style cuff links. Family photos can also be incorporated into paper goods, such as ceremony programs, fans, etc. Other couples choose to display framed family photographs on accent tables in between ceremony seating or on the same displays where yarmulkes (for Jewish weddings) and programs are set. To honor family throughout the reception, pairs may choose to display photos of themselves and their family members' wedding days on escort card tables, arrange them on a gallery wall at the cocktail hour, or showcase the images entirely on their own display – or even a "family tree" for an outdoor celebration.
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