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Thanking Special People at Weddings: How to Honor Those Most Important to You

How do you think important guests should be recognized at a wedding?

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Dear Valley bride-to-be: There are lots of ways to honor the special people in your life! Here are just a few:

  • Have an honoree light a candle at the ceremony in memory of a departed relative
  • Present a reading or special toast
  • Invite the honored guest(s) to sit with you at the dais
  • At a Jewish wedding, have the honoree hold one of the four poles of the wedding canopy
  • Have a guest performer at the reception
  • Acknowledging younger guests? Ask them to be junior bridesmaids/groomsmen (they’ll precede the bridesmaids and groomsmen down the aisle)

If you can’t find anything that you feel is appropriate for a particular person, consider asking the honoree what he or she might want to do or say. Sometimes just asking (even if it doesn’t come to fruition) is an honor.

» Find more ways to honor special people in “In Memoriam”
» Find more ways to honor special people in “In Memoriam (Part Two)”
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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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