...Beyond the speeches! Why not ask your family to...
#1 Give you something beautiful to adorn your bouquet?
For example: a tie from your dad, the necklace your mum wore on her wedding day, a sweet family photo wrapped around the stems... Another gorgeous idea? Ask different members of your family to contribute a brooch you can add to
#2 Pick a tier-flavour for your wedding cake?
If there's a bizarre family-favourite - perhaps something your mum invented one rainy half-term or a niche flavour combination that only makes sense to you and your parents (chocolate-pistachio-lavender cake, anyone?). Whatever it is: make like Prince William and include it!
Real-life bride Victoria explains about her multi-flavour cake: "Our cake was five tiers – each had a different flavour to cater for everyone! We had a Victoria sponge as the largest, chocolate, lemon drizzle, carrot cake and fruit as the smallest".
Photography: Jo Hastings
#3 Provide some photos to create a family tree area?
Having an area adorned with gorgeous family wedding photos - both old and new - is a no-fuss way to add some family spirit, as well as some DIY flair to your reception. Love!
#4 Add something to the ceremony or reception?
For example: you could ask your younger cousins to create a mural that could be displayed at your reception, or you could ask your aunts and uncles to keep an eye out in local charity shops and car boot sales for the glass vases you want for your tablecentres. Ask them to get involved - hopefully they'll love to be included in your plans but equally respect their answer if they say they're too busy!
#5 Sing your first dance song?
If you've got a sibling or cousin who's musically inclined, why not ask them to record a cover of your first dance song?