Incorporating Family Heirlooms Into Your Wedding...
  • Paulette Alkire, Lead Wedding Planner

Incorporating Family Heirlooms Into Your Wedding...


“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”— you hear it all the time, it is perhaps the most well known rhyme (see what I did there?) when it comes to wedding day traditions. Aside from wearing something old on your wedding day, it is a true moment of honor and beauty to pay homage to your roots by incorporating family heirlooms throughout your wedding celebration. We’ve seen some creative ways of making grandma very happy over the years:

  • It’s common to toast with champagne glasses that your grandparents toasted with at their wedding, and we’ve also seen a lot of old family wedding photos on many a welcome table.

  • Want to take it a step further? Incorporate an old family recipe into the menu at your rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour, or even main reception. Using Great Aunt Sally’s lasagna recipe will have your guests feeling the love with every bite.

  • Does Grandpa Al have a love of old cars? Maybe even own one? Can you say photo-op?! Asking loved ones to help in small ways such as this will not only make your wedding that much more special, but they will feel special too.

  • Was great grandma a prolific knitter? Rolling up some of her self-knitted blankets and having them out in a basket for guests to use when it gets a little chilly is a warm way to have everyone feeling great grandma’s love!

  • We’ve seen heirloom jewelry hung from bouquets, but have you ever thought of using grandma’s spoon collection as a creative way to jazz up the groom and groomsmen’s bouts? Save grandma’s fav spoon for your future hubby’s boutonnière.

  • Use Uncle Bob’s collection of tchotchkes to add some vintage fun to your dessert table, or use as table top décor at the guest tables!


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