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5 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for a Wedding

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Weddings are all about the bride. But you can’t tell that to a 6-year-old. If your child has been tapped as the ring bearer or flower girl, you have to make the upcoming wedding all about their special job. Make sure your children know a thing or two about weddings before they skip down the aisle – you can find plenty of coloring and activity books with a wedding theme. Show them pictures of their fancy new boys suit or show-stopping flower girls dress, and explain they’re getting brand-new outfits because their role in the wedding is a really big deal! Then, consider using a few of these tips and tricks to make sure they get down that aisle in one piece.

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1. Movie magic

Let the magic of animated movies get your kids pumped up for the special day! Lots of classic children’s movies end with a wedding. Have a few family movie nights to get your kids into the wedding spirit.

2. The world is your runway

Flower girls and ring bearers are often not present at the rehearsal, but they should do a few practice runs before the wedding. Find out what tune the bride is using for her march, so you can play it while your little one practices their strut down the aisle. Be generous with praise for walking at the right speed!

3. Help your kids help you

They’ll probably stay up late the night of the reception, so see to it that they get a nice long nap beforehand. Once you’re getting close to the ceremony, a little candy bribe for good behavior won’t go amiss. (Make sure it’s a hard candy – you don’t want anything that melts and ruins a flower girl’s dress or the ring boy’s suit!)

4. Familiar faces

On the big day, point out to your child where you’ll be sitting, so they know where to look if they need some support. Remind them of the other familiar faces that they’ll see in the audience – aunts, uncles, and grandparents. They should have a whole team of cheerleaders there to keep them cool, calm and collected.

5. Keep calm and party on

Right before the wedding, things can get a little chaotic. Make sure whoever’s in charge of the bridal party can give your child a toy or a game to keep them distracted. You don’t want your child to pick up on everyone else’s stressful cues.

If they start to get nervous the big day, remind them of what’s happening at the reception. They just have to be brave a little while longer! Then comes the dancing, the taking off of fancy shoes, and a giant piece cake.

Ring Bearers and Flower Girls: Wedding Preparation 101

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Congratulations! Your son or daughter has been assigned an important role in a beautiful ceremony. As a ring bearer or a flower girl, they’re probably taking on more responsibility than they’ve ever had during an official ceremony.

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From his shiny face to his shiny new shoes, your little boy’s outfit should reflect the dignity of his important job. According to tradition, your son’s suit should make him look like a miniature version of the groom. Depending on the wedding, this could mean a regular boy’s dress suit, or a tuxedo. For a more colorful outfit, you could include a bright vest, made of a shinier material than the rest of his attire. With a vest set, you’ll also get a matching necktie, bowtie, cummerbund, and pocket handkerchief. Custom dictates these accessories should match whatever colors the bride has chosen for the wedding.

With an elegant, brimming basket and a beaming smile, your daughter lays a beautiful path for the bride. Every flower girl has a different technique – some throw fistfuls or petals, while others delicately sprinkle one at a time. No matter what her approach to her formal duties, your daughter’s flower girl dress should echo the show-stopping quality of the bride’s dress. During the moment before the bride enters, all eyes (and cameras!) will be on her.

When the modern idea of a flower girl emerged during the Victorian era, the general consensus was that they should wear white, symbolizing purity and innocence. In recent years, flower girl outfits that match the bridesmaids’ dresses have become increasingly common. If you do decide on a white dress, you can pick a sash or another accessory to match the bridal party.

Details set the flower girl’s and ring bearer’s outfit apart from other formal outfits. Give your little girl even more petal power with a crown decorated with blooms. If you are choosing to dress her similarly to the bride, consider adding a tiara, or even a veil, to complete the look. And your ring bearer can’t just stuff the rings in his pockets! His most important accessory – the pillow for the ring – is essential to the presentation.

Last but not least, don’t forget that parents of the youngest members of the wedding party also have important wedding day responsibilities. To cheer them on and ensure they feel confident, take your seat somewhere near the front, right next to the aisle. If they get nervous, they’ll have a clear view of your encouraging smile. And, in case of emergencies, you can offer helpful reminders of what to do next.

Fall Wedding Season 2010

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Fall wedding season is here!  It seems like 2010 is flying by.  Fall weddings are unique because the weather is a little more unpredictable (we have all been frozen at a fall outdoor ceremony, right?) and there are several holidays to contend with.

You most definitely do not have to stick with traditional fall colors.  Weddings come with their own color trends.  This year plum, fuchsia, silver and dark sage and big hits.

Just because it’s fall you are not required to hold the ceremony indoors.  However, make sure there is a plan in case of inclement weather.  Have heaters available and remind guests to bring a coat.

You can use the season to inspire your party favors.  Pumpkin scented candles, leaf shaped candy, or matchbooks for lighting those winter fires can all work.

Having a few seasonal food items can be fun, but stick to an overall menu that you think most people will enjoy.  Butternut squash, fig, apple, and pumpkin can be worked into appealing appetizers and desserts.  Some great choices are apple tarts, pumpkin spread on crostinis, and butternut squash hummus.

This biggest thing to remember is that just because it’s fall you do not need to theme your wedding.  Pick colors, food, and dresses that you like and work for you.

Flower Girl Etiquette

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Fall has become the wedding season.  It is such an honor when your little girl is asked to be in a wedding. Here are a few suggestions to keep everyone happy on the big day.

For mom of the flower girl:

  • It is your responsibility to pay for the dress, but not necessarily to pick it out.   You may make suggestions to the bride if you find an appropriate or reasonably priced dress.  But at the end of the day, it is the bride’s decision.
  • Your daughter needs to be available for all wedding related functions including the rehearsal dinner and pictures.  You should, however, check with the bride to make sure she is invited to each wedding function.
  • Prepare your child for the big day so she knows exactly what is going on and will be expected of her.  No surprises!
  • Try to go with the flow.  Brides get stressed out – don’t take it personally!

For the bride:

  • Be considerate of your flower girl’s age when choosing a flower girl dress and try to keep the price reasonable.
  • Keep open communication with your flower girl’s mother so she is never guessing about what events the child should attend, including the bridal shower and the rehearsal dinner.
  • If you want an adults only reception, think twice about including a flower girl in your ceremony since you would need to invite her to the reception.  Consider inviting family member’s children to the reception so there are a small group of children or not having a flower girl as part of the event.
  • The flower girl should be seated with her parents at the reception, not with the bridal party.
  • Take the pictures that include the flower girl as early as possible and all at one time.  You want photos with a smiles so don’t leave her sitting around for long periods of time with nothing to do.

Remember to have fun and enjoy the day!

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