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For Special Folks
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“There’s an old tradition of giving a gift to the parents if they’re paying for your wedding,” says Samantha Diedrick of Secretariat Wedding & Event Planning. But even if they’re not paying, there are other ways to make your folks feel special. Experienced planners have some ideas.
Present parents with a gift at the rehearsal dinner. “Jewelry is huge for the moms,” says Casey Kieffer of Make My Day Event Planning in Milford. Gifts for dads are usually “little fun things like personalized golf balls, an engraved pocket watch or a really nice pen.”
One gift Kieffer recalls was a poem the bride and groom wrote and recited, then framed for their parents. “We also did a beach wedding where the mothers used conch shells to pour sand into a large vase during the unity portion,” Kieffer says. “Then the bride and groom gave their mothers the conch shells as keepsakes.”
There are meaningful ways to warm the hearts of the dads, too, such as asking him to be best man or to choose the song for the father-daughter dance. Or demonstrate the importance of your family’s heritage.
“Include aspects from your ethnic or cultural background into the planning,” says Mark Kingsdorf of The Queen of Hearts in Philadelphia. He points to the food served at the reception. The couple could also incorporate a glass breaking into a non-denominational ceremony if one of the parents is Jewish.
A little attention is usually all a person needs to feel special. Have your parents introduced as they enter the reception, pay tribute to them with a special toast, or send them a note when you return from your honeymoon. Find your own special way to share the love. —Susan Oates
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