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5 ways to involve your family in your wedding ceremony

Your wedding is a fantastic time to bring together all of your family and friends to celebrate with you. If there are certain people within your family who you would like to have an official role in your special day, here are some ways you could include them.

In your bridal party

Your siblings or siblings-in-law could be your bridesmaids, best man or groomsmen. If you have kids or young nieces or nephews, you could include them as your flower girls or page boys. This can be as informal as having them walk down the aisle in front of you and taking their seats at the front.

Giving away

The tradition of the bride being walked down the aisle and “given away” by her father has now expanded. You could be walked down the aisle by one or both of your parents, or an uncle, aunty, grandparent or anybody who is special to you.

Doing a reading

If you have family members who don’t mind public speaking, they might be thrilled to be asked to do a reading. Unlike your wedding speeches where you won’t know exactly what they might say, with a reading you can choose the wording! Make sure they bring their copy of the reading (and your celebrant should have one too just in case) and their glasses for reading if they need them!

Playing the music

Being in charge of the music at your ceremony is a great job for the right person. Any professional musicians in the family? They might be able to perform before, after or during the ceremony. Otherwise, if you’ve got a relative who’s not afraid of audio visual equipment and knows their way around a speaker system, you could ask them to be in charge of playing the right tracks at the right time for your arrival music, signing and music before and after the ceremony.

Witnessing your signing

Your wedding register needs to be signed by two witnesses. If your father and father-in-law or male relatives are going to be involved in speeches and formalities at your reception, your signing could be the perfect opportunity to bring your mother and mother-in-law together to give their official approval of your marriage!

Every family has different dynamics and circumstances, so there are no hard and fast rules of who to involve and in what way. Choose the options which suit your family – and it’s always nice to give personal thanks for their help later in your wedding speeches.

How to decide whether a Perth beach wedding is right for you

There’s no doubt we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sand, turquoise water and gorgeous sunsets can make an ideal backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Before you decide to have your wedding ceremony on a Perth beach, here are some things to consider.

Perth beach wedding

Beautiful beach perfect for a beach wedding

The sun    

If you’re getting married in summer, think carefully before you decide to hold your ceremony in the full sun. If you’re the bride, you probably don’t want your makeup melting off, exchanging vows with your sunglasses on or your eyes squinting from the glare.

It’s also very important to think about your guests, especially as they wait for you to arrive. You don’t want their excitement about your big day melting into a group of hot, bothered and sunburnt guests who won’t enjoy themselves. If you’re getting married at a hot time of year, an early morning or evening beach wedding would be the best time of day to hold your ceremony.

The sea breeze

Definitely factor in the sea breeze if you plan to have a marquee, red carpet or seating on the beach. A strong breeze can lift all of these up like a beach umbrella, so a morning ceremony or another venue could be a better option.

The sand

Sand feels great between our toes but at a wedding it can be hard to “walk down the aisle” smoothly! It’s also hard if you, your bridesmaids and guests are wearing heels. It can also be harder for people with wheelchairs, prams or elderly people who aren’t as mobile as other guests. Think about how you and your guests will be arriving when you’re deciding if the beach is the best spot for your ceremony.

The public

It’s lovely to share your special day but you just need to be aware that being on a public beach means people can play frisbee, swim and put up their beach tents anywhere.

 Alternatives to a beach wedding

Perth beaches are beautiful and could be perfect for your wedding ceremony if you plan ahead and have a back-up plan for different conditions. As another option, a shady park with views, indoor ocean-side venue or scenic poolside followed by cocktails could give you the same summery tropical vibe for your ceremony. If you decide to have your ceremony somewhere other than the beach, you can always visit the beach to have your photos taken after your ceremony.