13 Times Grandparents Stole the Show at Real Weddings
Three cheers for the party people in their golden years.
Family means different things to different people, but regardless of whom you consider kin, loved ones play an incredibly special role at weddings. If you're blessed enough to have blood or bond relatives in attendance, you'll be sure to cherish their participation in your big day. The following real weddings were honored with very treasured wedding guests—wise, adoring, and supportive grandparents who made their grandchildrens' nuptials complete. From dancing-queen grannies to an officiating gramps, these family members were spotted celebrating their golden years in love and style. Whether sweet and touching or fun and lighthearted, these wedding attendee appearances are sure to warm your heart. Need some help incorporating your grandparents into your ceremony or reception? These real weddings make an important point: If you've got 'em, flaunt 'em, because grandma and grandpa deserve the spotlight.
This bride's grandparents had no trouble dressing the part for her luau-inspired destination wedding among family and friends in Hawaii. Here, the loving couple are captured watching the ceremony in a sweet embrace.
These lively, laughing grandmothers graced this wedding's aisle as "flower grannies," spreading joy (and petals) on their grandchildrens' special day.
Poised and Posed
This synchronized pair traveled across the country for their grandson's wedding, trekking from California to Manhattan, and looking dashing all the way.
A bride poses with her beloved grandmother, who wore the garter pictured at her own wedding decades earlier. The bride was the fourth family member to don the accessory—a tradition she happily abided by.
The moving photograph above was taken just moments after the bride got dolled up. To share her special day with her ailing grandfather, she spent a quiet moment by his side enveloped in emotion and heartwarming solidarity.
Family members made this personalized ceremony special. The bride's grandfather was ordained for the occasion, and the groom's aunt read the groom's favorite poem.
This bride's grandmother was the first on the dance floor—she was also the last to leave it.
A picture's worth a thousand words, as this wedding made clear. The family-focused celebration displayed photos of relatives throughout the reception. Here, an honorary snapshot of the bride's grandmother on her own wedding day.
Dressed in Smiles
These sweethearts lived just down the road from their granddaughter's Wyoming wedding venue. As they stood awaiting the bride's walk down the aisle, they couldn't help but beam with excitement.
This couple showed their grandparents the ultimate sign of respect—first dibs on slices of the delicious wedding cake.
"Nanny," the last living grandparent between this wedding's bride and groom, was granted a special spot in the processional between the groom's sister and her boyfriend. "Family is so important to us," shared the bride, who thought Nanny's role "was just incredible and so meaningful."
Mothers and grandmothers were given special seating at this backyard wedding in Oklahoma.
The bride's grandmother at this wedding poses for a picture. One thing's for sure: grandma's got style.