If you're lucky enough to have your grandma with you, she likely holds a special place in your heart — yet she doesn’t tend to have a special place within the traditional wedding roles. Honor the relationship you have with your grandmother and make her feel special on your wedding day with one of these unique ideas.By: Kristen Klein
One of our favorite twists we've seen is grandmothers taking on the role of flower girl. It’s unexpected and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces.
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Is your grandma known for her secret meatball recipe? Ask if she’ll share it with your caterer – or even cook it herself – so that everyone can indulge in your favorite family recipe on your big day. Plus, maybe you’ll get lucky and she’ll include a copy of her secret recipe in your wedding gift!
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Vintage-inspired accessories continue to dominate the runways, but there’s nothing quite like the real thing. If your grandma still has her wedding veil, wearing hers is a wonderful way to honor your family history.
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Or see if she’ll lend you a special piece of jewelry. Even if it doesn’t fit or isn’t quite your style, you can always incorporate it into your bouquet.
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Your wedding may already feel inundated with special dances, but we have a feeling no one will mind sitting through this one. Give the groom a designated dance with one of his grandparents, or the bride a dance with hers – or invite all the grandparents out on the dance floor and spend some special time with each of them.
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If you’re lucky enough to have grandparents who are both still alive and married, honor them by playing their wedding song and inviting them to share a special dance by themselves.
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Maybe your grandma doesn’t want all eyes on her during your wedding. Instead, incorporate her in a special photo op. Gather all of your parents and grandparents, and have each pair hold up a photo from their own wedding day.
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Invite your grandma to get ready with you the morning of your wedding, and be sure to capture her first look at you in a wedding gown on camera.
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Another frame-worthy idea is this multi-generational shot with your mom and grandma showing off your rings.
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