Honoring Guests whos Birthday falls on your wedding day
I just got back from Scotland for my Sisters wedding. My cousins birthday was the day of the wedding. Before desert was served the waitress brought out a cake and all the guests sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She loved it and she really appreciated that the bride took the time to remember her during her special day.
Here are some ideas to honor a guest whos birthday falls on your wedding day….
Dedicate a song.
Whether its your BFF or your mother-in-law's co-worker, you can easily find out a tune (s)he likes. During dinner or a dance set (or whenever (s)he's likely to be in the room), have your MC announce that you're playing this song in honor of her/his birthday.
Make her a part of your cake-cutting ceremony.
No, (s)he shouldn't feed your groom a bite, but you can present her/him with a slice or her/his own special cupcake in her favorite flavor combo after you and your groom have had your moment.
Give her/him a shout-out in the ceremony programs.
One of my favorite wedding ideas: when couples include a thank you to all their loved ones in the programs. You can show your gratitude to the birthday guest by naming her/him here.
Wedding ideas if the birthday guest doesn't like attention:
Leave a wrapped gift at her/his seat.
Our wedding fell on Paul's uncle's birthday. We were planning on dedicating a Sinatra song to him, but he decided he didn't want all eyes on him and he canceled our request with the MC. I wish we thought to plop a present on his plate instead. You don't need to buy anything big; even a $10 gift card to her/his favorite coffee joint would be a welcome surprise.
Write a note on her/his escort card.
How special will (s)he feel when she sees a handwritten note from you right on her/his table assignment card? You can simply say, "We're so thrilled you chose to celebrate your birthday with us. We hope it's a happy one."
Save a dance for her/him.
If you're close with this guest, make your way over to her on the dance floor and spend a song with her/him. No announcements necessary, but you can wish her/him a happy birthday as you groove.
Would you be willing to share the spotlight with a birthday girl or boy at your wedding for a few moments? Would you want a couple to go out of their way to thank you for attending their wedding if it were your birthday? Would you turn down an invite if it fell on your birthday?