Parents play their part

By Bride and Groom 27 May 2016

Sheree Thomson and Luke Jorgensen surprised their parents by giving them significant roles to play during their marriage ceremony at Olivehouse Event and Function Venue at Kialla West on November 15, 2014. “We asked our fathers to carry the rings and our mothers to witness us signing the register. It was a great way to involve them all,” Sheree said. Family is important to the couple, in fact Luke’s surprise marriage proposal was witnessed by Sheree’s family on Christmas Day. Sheree wore a Vasiliki gown. Her bridesmaids’ gowns were from Shepparton boutique Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear and the men’s suits were from O’Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton.

Sheree Thomson and Luke Jorgensen
November 15, 2014

Simply Stems in Shepparton created the floral bouquets and the gorgeous two-tiered cake was supplied by Oh! Sugar, Sugar Custom Cake Design.

Tips to involve your parents -

• When dressing for the ceremony brides can ask their mothers for assistance. Those few quiet moments taken before the hustle and bustle begins will be cherished for a lifetime.

 • Ask your parents to suggest readings, prayers, poems or songs that are significant to them for inclusion in the ceremony. 

• While it’s generally the bride’s parents who accompany her down the aisle, the groom’s parents can also be involved by standing with their son as he awaits his bride. 

• Instead of the best man taking care of the wedding rings, the parents can present them before being exchanged by the couple. 

• Incorporating personal rituals in the ceremony are a wonderful way to signify the joining of two families. Parents of the bride and groom can light a single unity candle from their individual family candles, pour separate containers of sand into one decorative glass bowl or pluck single flowers from two bouquets and place them in one vase. 

• The father-and-daughter dance at the wedding reception is a special moment that can be made even more-so by the bride asking her dad to choose a significant song.

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