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Ideas for Including Your Loved Ones on Your Big Day

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Make your courthouse wedding a family affair and create special memories that will last a lifetime.

As more and more couples opt for smaller, more intimate weddings, courthouse weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Courthouse weddings offer a simple, affordable, and efficient way to tie the knot.

They can also be a great way to include your family in your big day, even if you’re not having a big, traditional wedding. In this post, we’ll share some creative ideas for incorporating your family into your courthouse wedding.

Have a pre-wedding photo shoot with your family

Before you head to the courthouse, take some time to capture some special memories with your family. Hire a photographer or designate someone in your family to take photos of you, your partner, and your family members. This can be a fun and low-key way to get everyone excited about the wedding and create some beautiful photos to cherish for years to come.

Get ready together

One of the best ways to involve your family in your courthouse wedding is to get ready together. Invite your parents, siblings, or close family friends to help you get dressed, do your hair and makeup, and share some pre-wedding jitters. This can be a special bonding experience and a great way to start your big day off on the right foot.

Include your children in the ceremony

If you have children, a courthouse wedding can be a great way to make them feel included in your big day. Consider having them walk you down the aisle, be your ring bearers or flower girls, or even say a few words during the ceremony. This can be a special way to acknowledge the important role they play in your life and make them feel like a part of your wedding day.

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Choose meaningful readings or songs

Another way to involve your family in your courthouse wedding is to choose meaningful readings or songs that reflect your relationship with them. Consider asking a family member to read a poem or passage during the ceremony or choosing a song that holds special meaning for you and your family. This can be a beautiful way to honor your family and create a more personal ceremony.

Host a reception or dinner after the ceremony

After your courthouse wedding, consider hosting a reception or dinner to celebrate with your family. This can be a great way to include your loved ones and share the joy of your wedding day with them.

Depending on your budget and preferences, you can choose to have a small gathering at a local restaurant, host a backyard BBQ, or even have a potluck dinner at home. Whatever you choose, make sure to involve your family in the planning and make it a special celebration for everyone.

Host a quick send-off

If you can’t afford or simply aren’t interested in a reception, dinner, or family unity ceremony, you can still incorporate your loved ones by hosting a send-off. Let everyone know what time your wedding will end. Choose a local meeting place that’s large enough to accommodate everyone.

You and your new spouse can spend a few minutes taking photos and talking before you head off to your honeymoon. Give everyone a yellow, pink, green, or blue smoke bomb, confetti, rice, bubbles, or sparklers for wedding send off, and watch the magic happen as they celebrate your union. 

Have a family unity ceremony

Finally, consider having a family unity ceremony during your courthouse wedding. This can be a beautiful way to symbolize the merging of two families and the creation of a new one. There are many ways to do a family unity ceremony, from lighting a unity candle to pouring sand into a vase, to tying a unity knot.

Whatever you choose, make sure to involve your children and other family members and make it a special moment for everyone.

A courthouse wedding can be a budget-friendly and wonderful way to tie the knot and involve your family in your big day. By incorporating some of these ideas, you can make your courthouse wedding a family affair and create special memories that will last a lifetime.

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