There are any number of ways you can acknowledge special people in your wedding by giving them different roles. From the obvious best man/maid of honour/attendant roles (see my post on bridal party), here are some other ways to involve people in your ceremony:
You’ll need two witnesses on the day who will sign your paperwork. BUT your witnesses don’t necessarily need to be from your attendants. They can be anyone who has been present for the ceremony and witnessed your signatures on the certificates. For example, my husband and I chose our godmothers to witness our certificate.
Yep, this is a nice one to get people involved in your bridal party. There are a number of roles that you can invite people to fill, and no limit on the number of each you have.
best man/best woman, maid/matron/man of honour
flower girl/boy, page boy/girl, ringbearer
handing out programs/rose petals/fans/umbrellas etc (I don’t know what these people are called, are they also ushers? Hander-outerers?)
Do you know someone great at make up, or hairstyling that would love to help you out on your wedding day? What about people that you love to hang out with – might you invite them over for breakfast on the morning while you are getting ready or relaxing prior to the ceremony?
Readings are another way to get people involved in the ceremony. You might invite them to read a pre-selected passage or alternatively, ask them to write something especially for the occasion. My dad and his wife had their sisters both do a reading at their wedding which allowed them to not only be involved in the ceremony, but also personalise it greatly with advice to their new in-law about their sibling.
Either as a ‘Mr Music’ type role of pushing start and stop on pre-selected songs, or knowing a musician, asking someone to set the mood of your wedding is another special role to consider.
Is someone fantastic at photography that you would love to invite to capture your most special moments?
MC / Master of Ceremonies
A master of ceremonies (MC) is big role, particularly if they are to be MC-ing a reception afterwards, but if you know someone who’d be perfect for the role, why not ask if they’d be interested?
Yep I’m a celebrant, so I’d recommend me haha, but if you know someone that is a celebrant, then I would recommend you asking them about performing the ceremony for you. Definitely be open and honest about expectations on both sides from the outset, including the money conversation, so there’s no obligation or hard feelings if you don’t end up going with them, but it can be really special to have someone you know be your celebrant. I’ve now done ceremonies for my sister, my dad and my friend (separately!) and loved every time so, so much. Also, there is an opportunity for someone you know to present the ceremony, with the celebrant stepping in for the legal portions, but talk this through with your selected celebrant to find out more about how this works.