5 Ways to Include A Family Heirloom in Your Wedding

A family heirloom can add a sentimental touch to your wedding day. Certainly there are many ways to include them in your festivities and we believe this real wedding did a wonderful job of honoring their family heritage.

father of the bride creates arch for wedding

family heirloom ring

The bride says, “A sentimental touch we had in our wedding is the family heirloom ring from my late paternal grandfather. The ring dates back to the early 70s. It was restored with the original band and diamond, and didn’t even need to be resized. I guess I have my grandmother’s fingers! Similarly, I wore my great grandmother’s pearl earrings, adding to the beautiful heirloom details of our day. Additionally, we included a photo memorial table for family members who were only able to attend in spirit.

family heirloom wedding ring

Involving Family and Heritage

This Florida wedding was filled with love, family involvement and sentiment. For example, the bride’s father is a skilled carpenter. For that reason, he built the wedding arch for the ceremony. (Which can now be rented at their venue, Sugar Mill Country Club). 

Also, the groom’s mother was as the officiant of the ceremony. 

Further, this couple paid homage to their heritage by including catholic verses in the vows to reflect their families religious ties.

real wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club
real wedding featured on I Said Yes! Wedding Blog

While not actually a family heirloom, the involvement of family members created life long memories for this couple. For instance, the I DO Crew is a combination of many loved ones. Specifically the best man being the groom’s best friend. Further the bride’s mother helped plan every detail.  Also the groom’s mother assisting with organization. Lastly, the groom’s grandparents and aunt traveled from New York just for the wedding. The bride said, “This was very special for us.”

Choosing Your wedding Theme

We asked the couple how they chose their wedding theme. They answered, “We spent months deciding on our wedding theme and colors.  Admittedly, we wanted something unique. Therefore we chose navy and cinnamon for our colors. Because it was festive for the season of our wedding. Personally I struggled with what kind of greenery to go with those colors. After searching Pinterest for days, I found a Bohemian themed wedding with neutral dried floral. Instantly I knew that was it. Chiefly because I planned to make all of the arrangements myself. And the dried floral allowed me to make the arrangements in advance.”

Another reason for the Bohemian style is it reflects their laidback lifestyle and personal taste. This DIY Bride also  made and designed all of the signs, menus, party favors, and name cards to tie in the Boho theme.

family heirloom at real wedding on I Said Yes! Wedding Blog
father of the bride creates arch for wedding
gold white candle wedding centerpiece for wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club
gold table setting for wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club

Although the wedding theme and florals were Bohemian. The reception tables were a bit more classic. Including white linens, mirror centerpieces and floating candles. Add to that gold accents for a more classy vibe.

wedding planning Advice

Wedding planning is amazing, fun and stressful all at the same time. So we asked this bride to give some wedding planning advice.

“I wish I would have known to simplify my décor search to be more realistic. It turned out beautiful, but I only used about half of the décor I thrifted. This was partially due to freak weather, since there was wind gusts of over 40mph, but I had purchased much more than I needed in retrospect.”

“In particular, I would have put aside more time to get myself ready. I spent so much time running around trying to make sure every detail was perfect, I didn’t give myself more than an hour to get ready. I didn’t get to unwind with my girls in the locker rooms like I had planned. Especially because I was so worried about everything being exactly as I had imagined. I should have let the staff take care of everything without stressing about little things so I could let myself relax.”

“Lastly, my advice is to create a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. Of course, set time aside for yourself on your special day. And if you’re planning on getting fit for your wedding day, set goals for yourself. I wish I would have spent more time in the gym leading up to our day.”

We thank these newlyweds for sharing their wedding day and wedding planning advice. Adding to the bride’s advice, we suggest hiring a wedding planner.  At minimum for day of, if not more.  

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Thank you to Sugar Mill Country Club for providing the photos and content for this blog post.  

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