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Planning the Perfect Family Wedding

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 - 11:00 AM | Wedding Planning | Comments (0)
By Natalia Rodriguez

By Natalia Rodriguez

Planning a wedding is the perfect opportunity for the bride and her family to spend time together. It’s very common for the bride’s family to take a very active role in the wedding-planning process. Every bride wants to have her family by her side during those exciting moments in her life.  It’s not uncommon for her sister to be the maid of honor, for her mom to have an active role in the dress fitting, the aunt taking care of the flowers, etc.


Sometimes the bride’s family ends up playing such a prominent role in the wedding-planning process that the groom’s family can feel left out, even if that’s not the bride’s intention.


From a bride’s perspective, it’s understandable that the more people she gets involved, the more opinions there will be; hence, more stress for her. Also, it’s easier to tell your family that they are crossing the line than to tell your fiancé’s family. But it’s important to make them feel included too. This may also help you build a stronger relationship with your in-laws, which helps knowing they are going to become part of your family.


One good way to keep things under control for you and to keep your in-laws involved is to give everyone a job they will be in charge of. For example, your mother-in-law could be responsible of helping you narrow your cake search, and you can go with her to the cake tastings and have her help you pick the cake. It can be something for just the two of you. Ask for their opinion, and even if you don’t agree, make them feel like they are an important part of your wedding and that you care what they have to say. 


It’s also important to create activities where the two families are included and both can participate. For example, ask them to help you pick the venue for your rehearsal dinner, or go with both your mom and mother-in-law to get the dress for the rehearsal dinner—this is a good way to keep them included and keep your stress level to the minimum.


It doesn’t matter how you decide to incorporate the two families into your wedding, the important thing is to not leave anyone feeling left out.


One thing that you should also remember is that at the end of the day this is your wedding, and you are the one who has the last word.  If there is something you don’t like or you feel that they are taking your day away from you, you have the liberty to say no.


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