Bringing Families Together Before Your Wedding Day

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding


This week’s guest post is from California blogger Tina Hamilton. Tina examines one of the biggest challenges for engaged couples:  helping your families get to know each other before the big day:

Weddings are a time for celebration, and celebrations always mean bringing diverse groups of people together. In your case, you are going to attempt to bring two different families together for one very special occasion, your wedding day. This is a phenomenal feat that has been accomplished by many couples before you, but it is not always a simple task to blend two families together for one common goal.

This may be one aspect of your wedding that gives you a lot of stress and anxiety, as it does for many other couples. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can ease the tension and help your families bond over the wedding plans and your love for your fiancé. Bringing your families together to meet before the day of the wedding is always helpful. Here are some ideas.

Use Holidays to Break the Ice

Holidays are the perfect time to introduce not only your new fiancé to the rest of your family, but also to introduce your fiance’s family to your extended family. Invite everyone to gather together for the next holiday to make introductions and have everyone get to know each other. This is a great way to ease any first-time tension between them and will help everyone relax a bit so they can enjoy themselves on your big day.

Accommodating your Guests – Literally

Few couples enjoy the luxury of having all of their family members live in a 30 mile radius of each other. For family members that will have to travel a distance you will need to consider what special accommodations to make for them. Try to put yourself in their situation and think about what you would want or need if you were attending an out of town wedding. Make it easy for everyone to enjoy the time spent celebrating your wedding with minimal inconvenience or worry.

Advice is Wonderful – But Remember It’s Your Day

Every single person you know will have some advice to give you about your wedding, from the colour palette to your choice of wedding date. It is a good idea to hear everyone out, and then decide whether or not you want to use that information. Some ideas may be very helpful and some might be ridiculous, but either way it is important to make sure that everyone feels heard. That being said, never let your families pressure you into something you don’t want for your wedding. The day is about you and your fiancé; keep the focus on doing what makes the two of you most happy, not what will make assorted relatives happy.

Plan for Crazy Aunt Alice

On the day of your wedding, you want to focus on nothing but the new life you are starting with your fiancé. This includes not wanting to worry about your crazy aunt who might start dancing on the tables. Work with your wedding party on potential solutions so they are prepared should any family members cause problems. And show thanks to your bridal party with thoughtful gifts that let them know how much your appreciate their support and efforts to help you have a stress-free celebration. Here are some fun and unique ideas for your groomsmen and bridesmaids.


Author Bio:

Tina Hamilton  Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her     online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for  Tina on Twitter.


One Response to “Bringing Families Together Before Your Wedding Day”

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